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Richmond Hospital provides leading edge health care to our community – but we need donors like you to help us keep up with our city’s growth and aging population.
Donations directly impact the acute and community care services that Richmond Hospital and Vancouver Coastal Health provides, giving our doctors and medical teams the vital tools they need to provide and enhance the compassionate, lifesaving health care they provide. Your gift helps ensure Richmond Hospital can provide the best quality health care possible, when we need it the most.
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Philips M3535A Heart Steart MRX Code Blue

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The Emergency Department sees more than 50,000 patients each year, and with our dramatically increasing population, Richmond Hospital needs the right facilities and state-of-the-art medical equipment now so that a bed is there for you when you need it the most.
Dr. Matthew Kwok


Code Blue Emergency Equipment

Matthew Kwok

Dr. Matthew Kwok is an Emergency Physician at Richmond Hospital and Chair of the Code Blue Team.

They are words nobody wants to hear in a hospital: “Code Blue.” But when a patient suffers a cardiac arrest, those words are broadcast throughout the hospital. It’s like hearing alarm bells or the siren of an ambulance. It’s an emergency. Seconds count because a life hangs in the balance. Having properly trained staff to respond on a moment’s notice is essential. So is having the latest state-of-the-art equipment nearby.

Code Blue is international standard code for cardiac and respiratory arrest where the patient goes into cardiopulmonary arrest and needs emergency resuscitation in order to survive.

Code Blue emergencies can strike at any time and in any area of the hospital. Last year there were a total of 37 Code Blue emergencies at Richmond Hospital. With dramatically increasing numbers of patients and emergency visits, at the current rate, Richmond Hospital will see 40-50 Code Blue emergencies this year.

Defibrillators: $297,000; 11 required @ $27,000 each  
Left to raise: $81,000

Richmond Hospital urgently needs to upgrade its aging, obsolete defibrillators, some of which are more than 10 years old. In order to ensure the fastest response time for patients, Richmond Hospital’s Code Committee has moved to standardize all units across the hospital with the same make and model to ensure doctors need only be trained and familiar with a single unit wherever it may be to be able to focus all time on saving a life. 

Philips M3535A Heart Steart MRX Code Blue

When a patient experiences cardiac arrest or stops breathing, and a Code Blue emergency is broadcast over the PA system, Richmond Hospital’s Code Blue team needs to respond immediately.

Emergency doctors and nurses rush to the patient’s location bringing vital, lifesaving medical equipment and medicine to resuscitate the patient. 

To save precious seconds, Code Blue equipment is stationed throughout Richmond Hospital. Defibrillators are one of those vital lifesaving pieces of medical equipment that emergency physicians use as part of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when a patient no longer has a pulse or the patient’s heart beats irregularly. A defibrillator allows the physicians to diagnose the cardiac rhythm and then determine the voltage and timing for the electrical shock necessary to the heart for resuscitation.


Mobility is something many of us take for granted until an accident suddenly strikes or a disease progresses. Walking, running, or the ability to use our hands, arms, feet and legs to work, play and perform tasks can suddenly become impossible or extremely painful.

Richmond Hospital’s orthopedic surgeons and emergency physicians rely on having the very best, state-of-the-art medical imaging to examine a patient’s body and obtain the best possible images to help diagnose illnesses and injuries and guide vital medical and surgical procedures.

Medical imaging technology is improving at an exponential rate. The latest generation of equipment today now offers unheard of resolution, enhanced visualization, greater patient safety, and portability to provide instantaneous information in the Emergency Department or the Operating Room.
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Our equipment has served us well over the years, but it has been eclipsed by the latest generation of advanced technology and Richmond Hospital’s current mini C-Arm is unable to handle the high volume of patients requiring care each day and no longer meets the needs of our community and the physicians and surgeons who provide care.

Most critically of all, the new equipment is costly and beyond what government can afford to purchase with the increasing demands on health care funding.

Richmond Hospital urgently needs a new mini C-arm to scan for injuries and broken bones and help our surgeons and physicians treat injuries and illnesses.


Mini C-Arm
Required: $145,000

A mini C-Arm is a mobile diagnostic imaging tool that uses x-rays to help physicians and surgeons examine specific areas of their patients on the spot. Used by both Emergency Deparment physicians and orthopedic surgeons to help examine injuries and provide care for broken limbs and joints, the mini C-arm is an essential piece of medical equipment

Technology is constantly improving. Just as our television sets and cell phones have changed rapidly in recent years, new diagnostic equipment has evolved as well, and Richmond Hospital needs to keep pace. The latest generation of mini C-Arms provides dramatically higher definition imaging than previous models resulting in better resolution images for surgeons and physicians, allowing faster diagnosis and increased reliability.

Advances in technology are also resulting in greater patient safety. The newest mini C-Arms use much lower doses of radiation than outdated models, resulting in less exposure for both the patients and our health care professionals.

Colon cancer screening program

Colonoscopes: $270,000; 6 required @ $45,000 each 
Left to raise: $180,000

With early screening, colonoscopes help the gastroenterologist to view the colon and remove smaller pre-cancerous polyps, if present, on the spot, sparing the patient from painful, more invasive surgery, and resulting in faster recovery times.

In order to increase our capacity and efficiency to provide more colon cancer screening services, Richmond Hospital urgently needs new colonoscopes. The new colonoscopes will help detect and treat polyps that lead to colon cancer.



Fetal Monitors with Telemetry Capability 
2 required at $40,000 total

Some of our fetal monitors currently in service were purchased 25 years ago and their parts can no longer be replaced. Fetal monitors provide the capacity to continuously assess how the fetus is responding to labour. The response pattern tracked by the fetal heart rate recording is an indication of the fetus’s well being.

This provides the team the necessary information to make clinical decisions to ensure the best possible outcome for the baby. Telemetry capability allows a woman to be up and walking around while in labour, which is good for the labour process.