ACT NOW Campaign Update – Issue 8

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July 13, 2021 announcement of the business plan approval for the Yurkovich Family Pavilion at Richmond Hospital made by Premier John Horgan and Minister of Health Adrian Dix confirmed $860 million in funding!

Pictured at the announcement are: (left to right) Chad Pederson, Board Chair, Richmond Hospital Foundation, Vivian Eliopoulos, President & CEO, Vancouver Coastal Health, Dr. Daniel Kopac, Head of Surgery, Richmond Hospital, Natalie Meixner, President and CEO, Richmond Hospital Foundation, Premier John Horgan, Minister of Health, Adrian Dix.

ACT NOW Campaign complete!

Completion of the $50 million ACT NOW Campaign was made possible by many joyful donors coming together to accomplish a common goal. Thanks to individuals, families, businesses and community organizations who live, work, play and travel in Richmond, we’ve reached our goal. We could only have done this with your involvement and we thank each of you for your leadership!

From left to right: Natalie Meixner, President and CEO, Richmond Hospital Foundation, Dr. Tony and Mrs. Nancy Yurkovich, lead donor family for the ACT NOW Campaign, and Chad Pederson, Board Chair, Richmond Hospital Foundation

Members of the Richmond Firefighters Association were the very first donors to the ACT NOW Campaign.

New Opportunity for Medical Imaging in Richmond

The business plan approval announcement presents our community with exciting opportunities to introduce innovation and new technologies into Richmond Hospital’s future delivery of health care services.

This is particularly true of the new Medical Imaging Centre – the very heart of every modern hospital – providing physicians with the tools they need to make diagnoses and well-informed decisions about immediate patient care and expected future outcomes.

Richmond Hospital Foundation will seize this new opportunity to move forward with a new campaign to ensure that innovation underscores the adoption of new technologies in the Medical Imaging Centre.

Centrally located in the new Yurkovich Family Pavilion, the new Medical Imaging Centre will serve both inpatients and outpatients referred by family physicians and specialists.

Vital imaging modalities will be incorporated including:

Four Computed Tomography (CT) scanners (an increase of 3 over current levels) – one of which will be a satellite scanner located in the new Emergency Department. Two CT scanners will be available to accommodate bariatric patients and all CT scanners will be used to identify disease or injury primarily within the abdomen, heart, lungs, bones and joints.

Two Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines (an increase of 1 over current levels). The new MRI technology will become an important tool in diagnosing prostate cancers in addition to its already well-established use for analyzing soft tissue and the nervous system, identifying brain and spinal cord injury, heart disease, eye and inner ear problems.

Four Digital Mammography machines (an increase of 2 over current levels). Two mammography machines will be allocated for screening purposes and two used for diagnostic purposes. The Breast Imaging suite will also house dedicated breast ultrasound equipment.

Four Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT/CT) machines (an increase of 2 over current levels) will be located in the Nuclear Medicine suite. Using radioactive substances and gamma rays to diagnose cancers, infections and disease in the thyroid, gall bladder and heart, SPECT/CT is a field of imaging that is rapidly growing in importance.

Eight Ultrasounds (US) including three Echo-cardiogram Ultrasounds (an increase of three ultrasound units overall). An aging population demands increased cardiac surveillance to diagnose and monitor heart health.

General Radiology including X-Ray, Fluoroscopy and Angiography will continue to be used to provide well-established and vital imaging modalities for the residents of Richmond.

More often than ever before, medical imaging devices provide physicians with an in-depth understanding of disease. Dr. Juan-Carlos Guijon best describes the transformative power of medical imaging:

Dr. Juan-Carlos Guijon, Head, Medical Imaging Department, Richmond Hospital

“Technology advances in Medical Imaging have transformed the way physicians practice medicine. Today, we’re able to visualize more than mere anatomy of the body – we can actually see inside organs and blood vessels allowing us to evaluate their function.”

Dr. Juan-Carlos Guijon
Head, Medical Imaging Department, Richmond Hospital

We look forward to the future. By acting as a catalyst for change, we can help provide the best in imaging technologies for our health care teams and the people of Richmond.

Richmond Hospital Foundation

At Richmond Hospital Foundation, joy is at the very heart of the work we do with you. We inspire joyful giving, because to give joyfully is to know that you are part of the solution. You are part of something bigger than yourself. You are helping your loved ones, your friends, your neighbours and your colleagues. You are a driver of health and prosperity. There is a joyousness in coming together to create a life well-lived.

It is our sincere hope you are always inspired to help fund innovation for life. To build a better and healthier future for Richmond. Joyful giving means joyful living.

For more information about Richmond Hospital’s new Medical Imaging Centre in the Yurkovich Family Pavilion, please contact:

Natalie D. Meixner, ICD.D., President & CEO
[email protected] (604) 244 5205

Spencer Gall, Senior Manager, Philanthropy
[email protected] (604) 244 5496

Endora Fan, Senior Manager, Legacy Giving
[email protected] (604) 244 5473