What's ​Urgent

​Why Richmond Hospital needs a new Acute Care Tower now
Richmond Hospital Emergency (darked v2)

Exceptional health care requires three important components: expertise, equipment and facilities.  While our highly skilled doctors and nurses provide the highest quality of health care, Richmond urgently needs a new Acute Care Tower to meet both current and future demands of a rapidly growing and aging population.

To learn more how you can make an impact on health care for the community, please contact:
Sharon Kennedy
Campaign Director, Richmond Hospital Foundation

Why Richmond Hospital needs a new Acute Care Tower now

​Seismic Instability

Richmond Hospital’s original tower meets only 17% of current seismic standards, placing 108 beds and 8 Operating Rooms at EXTREME RISK in the event of a moderate earthquake of 5 to 5.9 on the Richter scale.
Seismic instability

Obsolete & Deficient Infrastructure

Our operating rooms are built below the flood plain and are at risk in a flood or tsunami.  These rooms are too small, at only half the size of current standards —and cannot fit all the state-of-the-art surgical equipment in use today.
For infection control, the current standard is 80% single patient rooms.  Richmond Hospital has only 10% single patient rooms. Most rooms now have three to four patients.
Deficient tower
The 50-year-old tower has been rated as 79% deficient with failing systems. Any rating above 30% is considered “poor.”

Exponential Growth in Population

In 1966, Richmond had 50,000 residents and 132 hospital beds.

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Richmond has quadrupled in size to 200,000 residents but its funded hospital beds have less than doubled to 233.
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By 2030, Richmond is expected to surpass 250,000 residents.

Richmond has the fastest growing seniors population in B.C. From now to 2030, the number of seniors
will more than double to 65,000

Richmond has the longest life expectancy in Canada, at nearly 85 years, placing extreme pressure on our hospital’s ability to provide acute care service.


The Origin of Richmond Hospital: A Community Effort

More than a half century ago, Richmond, mostly farmlands then, had a population of 50,000, but a hospital was nowhere to be found in the city.  Whenever patients required medical or surgical care, both doctors and patients in Richmond had to travel long distances to Vancouver and other municipalities. It was a hardship for patients to travel while ill, and Richmond doctors were exhausted traveling back and forth between Richmond and Vancouver. Sadly, the government of the day had no plans to build a hospital in Richmond to meet the medical needs of the city. 

In the 1950s, a Richmond doctor named Dr. Richard Talmey, joined with other Richmond residents to form the “Richmond Hospital Society” to advocate for a hospital in Richmond.  The community worked hard over 10 years to lobby the government, and finally in a 1962 referendum, voters said “yes” to Richmond Hospital with Richmond taxpayers agreeing to pay 35% of the costs to help build the hospital.  

The government heard the voice of the people and seeing the determination of the public, agreed to build Richmond a hospital. The long overdue Richmond Hospital officially opened its door in February 1966, and has now been serving the community ever since.  Thanks to the determination, enthusiasm, and perseverance of these insightful visionaries, today the public is able to access compassionate and expert health care close to home in Richmond. 

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Dr Richard Talmey
Dr. Richard Talmey (left) City of Richmond Archives 1988 18 44