Concept planning begins for Richmond Hospital patient care tower project
June 2, 2016
RICHMOND - In partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health and Richmond Hospital Foundation, the Province is moving forward to start plans for a new replacement patient care tower at Richmond Hospital, announced Health Minister Terry Lake.
"Richmond Hospital has been a long-standing pillar of the community, touching many lives and helping to keep Richmond healthy," said Lake. "The proposed modernization of Richmond Hospital continues to support governments commitment to renewing health infrastructure in British Columbia, and address the changing face of health care in B.C. The concept plan will look at what the community needs now, and into the future."
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Richmond Firefighters Association donates $250,000 to improve local health care at Richmond Hospital
March 16, 2016
Spearheading a leadership role to improve local health care, the Richmond Firefighters Association is making a $250,000 donation to Richmond Hospital Foundation. “Firefighters are individuals who dedicate their lives to helping others, and our members saw an opportunity to help improve care for patients in Richmond,” said Captain Doug Scott, Richmond Firefighters Association. “It’s important to all of our members that after we respond to an emergency and provide assistance, those we help are able to receive the best health care possible,” he said. The $250,000 has been pledged over the next five years and each member will be contributing through payroll deduction.
Richmond Hospital Foundation commends City of Richmond resolution seeking provincial government commitment for new acute care tower
February 23, 2016
Resolution adds to growing community support to replace seismically unstable, obsolete 50-year-old original tower
Richmond, B.C. – Richmond Hospital Foundation is commending City of Richmond Mayor and Councilors for unanimously passing a resolution last night seeking a provincial government commitment to build a new acute care tower at Richmond Hospital. “It’s time to champion the replacement of a building that has reached the end of its 50-year life-cycle, and we are grateful for the efforts of the Mayor and Council for their community leadership,” said Natalie Meixner, President & CEO, Richmond Hospital Foundation. “Richmond has reached a tipping point. Our city’s growth has outpaced Richmond Hospital’s capacity. Richmond Hospital needs a new acute care tower to address seismic risks and provide adequate acute care beds and we need the voices of our community to be heard.”
On Feb. 15, Richmond Hospital Foundation had made a presentation to the City of Richmond’s General Purpose meeting requesting the support of the Mayor and Council to ask the Provincial Government for a commitment now to build a new Acute Care Tower. “The Foundation and our donors are willing to do their part to raise funds, but we need a provincial funding commitment to proceed,” says Meixner.
Richmond Hospital’s original tower poses serious seismic risks. Vancouver Coastal Health Authority commissioned studies showing the original tower is severely deficient and would sustain major structural damage with possible localized or complete collapse in a moderate to strong earthquake, with our without liquefaction. A moderate earthquake on the Richter scale is 5 to 5.9. On Dec. 29, 2015. we experienced a 4.7 magnitude earthquake.