Building for the Future – Continuing the Momentum Progress Update #1

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The future location of the new Cancer Care Clinic in Richmond Hospital.

Message from President & CEO:

The ACT NOW Capital Campaign has officially completed but we still want to keep you informed about the progress of the Yurkovich Family Pavilion project. We are also excited to continue the momentum with a new Medical Imaging Centre Campaign, and we are touched that some of you have joined us for this philanthropic initiative. The new Medical Imaging Centre will be a cornerstone and a hub of the Yurkovich Family Pavilion. Welcome to our Building for the Future Update – designed to keep you abreast of important news as the Richmond Hospital redevelopment project progresses.

Natalie Meixner, President & CEO of Richmond Hospital Foundation

Dr. Jeremy Ho, Oncologist, Richmond Hospital

Dr. John Yun, Oncologist, Richmond Hospital


When we last spoke with Sharon Petty, Chief Project Officer for the Richmond Hospital Redevelopment Project, she let us know that the Cancer Care Clinic was slated to move from the existing modular Park Centre to a new purpose-built permanent space on the ground level of the Milan Ilich Pavilion. This work has now begun and occupancy of the new space is anticipated in late 2023.

The new Cancer Care Clinic will be easily accessible to patients and their families and the natural light that will flood the area will ensure the treatment spaces offer a patient-friendly experience. Focusing on the goal to provide better-functioning space with rooms right-sized to meet current CSA (Canadian Standards Association) standards, the new floor plan will expand by 65% from 396 ㎡ to 652 ㎡ (approx. 7,000 ft2). This is an exciting development as it opens the door to expanding the clinical services offered and sets the stage for future growth.

Within Vancouver Coastal Health, Richmond Hospital’s Cancer Care Clinic is a vital part of BC Cancer’s Community Oncology Network. It is designated as a full-service Level III facility, the highest-level designation indicating that Richmond Hospital’s highly trained oncologists, nurses and pharmacists are capable of effectively administering and managing the cytotoxic and hazardous products that are used to treat cancer.

Dr. Jeremy Ho, Oncologist, Richmond Hospital

Individuals receiving cancer treatment at Richmond Hospital have access to in-house clinical diagnostic services, including laboratory, imaging and interventional radiology services. Patients who may have complications during treatment can be assessed rapidly at the Richmond Cancer Clinic, or if the situation is severe, they can be admitted to an inpatient ward for monitoring and treatment.

Today, two full-time oncologists see more than 30 patients each day for initial and follow-up visits. A third oncologist will be joining the team in the fall. In the new Cancer Care Clinic, there will be a dedicated and enhanced pharmacy within to enable the preparation of all systemic therapy infusions, injections, instillations and oral medications.

Dr. John Yun, Oncologist, Richmond Hospital

Right-sizing the Cancer Care Clinic space will provide many benefits to this important area of care. The patient treatment area will consist of 12 care bays (an increase of two) combining the need for open spaces along with dedicated private rooms. The number of examination rooms will double from two to four and work spaces are being created to accommodate future needs for additional healthcare professionals including a social worker and nutritionist.

Completion of the new Cancer Care Clinic is one of the first steps in Richmond Hospital’s Redevelopment Project. Once this important service is effectively relocated to the Milan Ilich Pavilion, removal of the existing modular buildings can begin, making space for the new acute care tower.

“The new Cancer Care Clinic will be pivotal for the needs and future of cancer care as we expand the space to accommodate more patients and integrate supporting services that benefit both patients and their families. This new location will ensure excellence in cancer care, close to home. ”
Dr. John Yun
Oncologist, Richmond Hospital

Richmond Hospital Foundation

At Richmond Hospital Foundation, joy is at the very heart of the work we do with all our partners. Giving joyfully is to know that you are part of the solution and involved in something bigger than yourself. You are helping your loved ones, your friends, your colleagues, your customers. You are a driver of health and prosperity, and find 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, building a better and healthier future for Richmond. Joyful giving means joyful living.

For more information about the new Yurkovich Family Pavilion of Richmond Hospital, please contact:

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

Spencer Gall
Campaign Director
[email protected]
(604) 244 5496

Endora Fan
Associate Director, Legacy Giving
[email protected]
(604) 244 5473

Gloria Wong
Senior Manager, Philanthropy
[email protected]
(604) 244 5376