​How you can help

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.
Please donate online, or call us directly at 604.244.5252, if you’d like to make a gift towards any of our current needs.


Dr Fay Leung

Orthopedics

Dr. Matthew Kwok

EMERGENCY

Dr. Teddi Orenstein Lyall

​Cardiology



Code Blue Emergency Equipment

Matthew Kwok

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

“Code Blue.” These are words nobody wants to hear in a hospital. 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 almost 40 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: $323,000 
5 transport models required @ $25,000 each
11 on-site models required @ $18,000 each
Left to raise: $282,000

Defibrillator

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.

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.

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.


orthopedics

It happens in an instant. A slippery sidewalk and a bad fall. A bicycle ride and a pothole in the road.
A construction site and an accident on the job. Broken limbs, fractured joints and injuries happen every day around the clock. And they require emergency care.

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.

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.

Fay Leung_James Douglas

Richmond Hospital orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Fay Leung and Dr. James Douglas, and team rely on specialized state-of-the-art medical imaging technology to assess and treat patients with bone fractures.

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.

You can make a difference and help our doctors, nurses and other health care professionals “get the picture” to help patients regain mobility and use of their limbs after an injury or illness.

Be a part of the vision for the future.

Mini C-Arm
Required: $145,000
​Left to raise: $103,000


C-Arm


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.

No bones about it: we need your help!

Richmond Hospital’s mini C-Arm is in constant use and at risk of breaking down. And while the latest generation of mini C-Arms is commonplace at other hospitals throughout the province, currently Richmond Hospital lags behind.

We need your help to equip our physicians and surgeons with state-of-the-art technology to provide the highest quality images on the spot for the best care possible, right here at home.


CARDIOLOGY

3D Cardiac Echo Ultrasound
Required: $190,000
Left to raise: $190,000

It beats. It pumps. It circulates essential life-sustaining blood. Could there be a more important muscle in the human body? As one of our vital organs, the heart is responsible for helping to move nutrients and oxygen throughout our body and assists in removing waste.

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in Canada. With problems that range from having weak heart muscle to heart defects to valve problems to poor pumping, heart disease is serious and requires urgent medical attention. 

Lifesaving diagnoses, monitoring and treatment for heart problems all depend on state-of-the-art medical imaging.  An echocardiogram also known as a cardiac echo is one of the most vital and widely used tests in cardiology to monitor heart health. It helps to diagnose problems, monitor any potential changes in the heart over time and helps your cardiologist determine what further steps or tests might be required next. 

Richmond Hospital’s current dedicated cardiac echo ultrasound is the only dedicated cardiac echo ultrasound in all of Richmond. The current unit is now seven years old and has been a workhorse, operating day and night, seven days a week. Last year, more than 4,700 cardiac echo scans were performed for patients in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, the wards of Richmond Hospital, as well as outpatients requiring scans. 

The current unit is at the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced before it is breaks down or becomes obsolete. Richmond Hospital simply cannot function without it, and patients should not have to be sent elsewhere for scans.

Cardiac Ultrasound

Dr. Teddi Lyall
Dr. Teddi Orenstein Lyall is a Richmond Hospital cardiologist

A new cardiac echo ultrasound with 3D capabilities will bring highly advanced medical technology to Richmond Hospital. Just as our cell phones and TVs have changed dramatically over this decade, so too has medical imaging. Today’s cardiac echo ultrasound offers unheard of resolution in 3D, a first at Richmond Hospital. New, innovative software will also provide accurate, detailed imaging and brand new visualization in a fraction of the time it currently takes to acquire an image, so that our cardiologists can make accurate diagnoses and consider what the next step is. All of this means better and faster patient care.