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Apr 4 2017 ACT Announcement

Partners make progress on planning for acute-care tower project at Richmond Hospital

From the BC Government News Webpage
April 4, 2017

The provincial government is supporting planning for a new patient-care tower at Richmond Hospital and the ministry expects work on the business plan could begin in fall 2017.  Up to $3 million will be allocated to support the development of a business plan, once the concept plan is approved. 

The Ministry of Health is currently reviewing the concept plan provided by Vancouver Coastal Health. Concept planning is an important part of the planning process for a major capital project, and provides an opportunity to ensure the new tower will meet the needs of the community and future demands. 

After a concept plan is approved by government, the next step in planning a large capital project such as a new hospital is to prepare a business plan. Business plans focus on cost and services of a new facility, and take approximately 12 to 18 months to prepare. A business plan is followed by procurement and then construction.  The business planning process for Richmond Hospital will ensure health-care services will be provided in a culturally sensitive manner, with recognition of the importance of traditional Chinese medicine services in the local community.  Read more on BC Government News webpage.

Feb 3 2017 Yurkovich Event

Yurkovich Family galvanize community with record donation to help build new Acute Care Tower at Richmond Hospital

February 3, 2017

Long-time Richmond residents, Dr. Tony and Mrs. Nancy Yurkovich today made the single largest gift in the history of Richmond Hospital Foundation in support of a new Acute Care Tower.  While the Yurkovich’s gift ranks among some of the largest donations made to a hospital foundation in British Columbia, the couple remains modest and humble, preferring to inspire others to join and are thrilled that more than 10 families and organizations have made commitments totalling $25 million toward a new Acute Care Tower at Richmond Hospital.

In recognition of their generosity, the original hospital tower, whose official opening they attended in 1966, will be named the Yurkovich Family Pavilion.  In the future, when a new Acute Care Tower is approved by the Provincial Government, the naming will transfer to the new building.  Read more.

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Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant raises $1.6 million net to support future Acute Care Tower at Richmond Hospital

December 12, 2016

The Chinese community united to help champion the future needs of patients, families and healthcare professionals at Richmond Hospital, raising $1.6 million (net) at the Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant Gala Dinner for Richmond Hospital Foundation in support of a new Acute Care Tower.

Honorary Chair Patsy Hui took a leadership role on the night of the event and announced a significant donation. Her leadership was exemplified by the joy she experiences through giving.

Richmond Hospital Foundation honoured Mr. Thomas Fung and wife Amy with its prestigious annual Leadership Award in recognition of their longstanding support of Richmond Hospital Foundation and health care philanthropy to reach the Chinese community and inspire others to give.​

Donations raised at the Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant 2016 will benefit a new Acute Care Tower at Richmond Hospital. Read more
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Richmond Hospital Foundation named beneficiary of Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant 2016

September 13, 2016

“Richmond Hospital is a family hospital and we all want the very best close to home for our aging parents, our aunties and uncles, and ourselves,” said Natalie Meixner, President & CEO, Richmond Hospital Foundation. “Just as importantly, we want the very best for future generations to come…for our children now who will also become adults one day here and will rely on local health as they age. We are deeply honoured to be this year’s charity of choice and we commend Fairchild TV for choosing to benefit families in Richmond.”  Read more
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India Culture Center of Canada Gurdwara Nanak Niwas donates $41,500 to improve local health care at Richmond Hospital

September 1, 2016
Richmond, B.C. – Spearheading a leadership role to improve local health care, the India Culture Center of Canada Gurdwara Nanak Niwas donated $41,500 to Richmond Hospital Foundation to improve local health care. “Our community recognizes the need to take a leadership role to help improve care for patients in Richmond,” said Balwant Sanghera, OBC. “Richmond Hospital is one of community’s most important institutions and our donation will help ensure local health care is there for all of us in the future,” he said.

“We thank each and every member of the India Culture Center of Canada Gurdwara Nanak Niwas who has chosen to give to make certain that their family has the best care possible here in Richmond.” said Natalie Meixner, President & CEO, Richmond Hospital Foundation.

The donation also includes a $10,000 gift from prominent pioneer, businessman and philanthropist Mr. Asa Singh Johal.  Read more.

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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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Watch the address by The Honourable Teresa Wat.

Click here for more images from the announcement.

Richmond Firefighters Association Donates $250,000 to Richmond Hospital Foundation (web)

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.

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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. 
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