Building for the Future – Continuing the Momentum Progress Update #3


Message from President & CEO:

Natalie Meixner, President & CEO of Richmond Hospital Foundation

There is so much activity in and around Richmond Hospital these days – evidence that as we are making way for the construction of the new Yurkovich Family Pavilion, we are also ensuring that patients today and over the next several years will continue to receive the quality care from Richmond Hospital’s amazing health care team.

In our previous “Building for the Future” update, we announced the naming of the Milan and Maureen Ilich Medical Imaging Centre in the Yurkovich Family Pavilion and the launch of the Medical Imaging Centre campaign. In this edition we will share more about the planned changes for the future Emergency Department.

We continue to be inspired by the generosity of you, the philanthropists in our midst, who care about the well-being of the Richmond community and make health care a priority for your giving.

Meeting our Community’s Needs with a New emergency Department

We eagerly anticipate the new Yurkovich Family Pavilion which will include a brand-new Emergency Department to accommodate the needs of Richmond’s rapidly expanding and aging population, as well as the many travellers through Vancouver International Airport who arrive at YVR requiring immediate medical attention.

Improving the patient and the staff experience is a critical factor in the development of space in the new Yurkovich Family Pavilion at Richmond Hospital, providing an environment that enables delivery of expert and compassionate care.

Dr. Kevin Shi, Emergency Department Co-Head, Richmond Hospital

Dr. Kevin Shi, Richmond Hospital Emergency Department co-head and physician, speaks on behalf of his colleagues: “We are all excited about working in a new Emergency Department especially with the expansion to 86 private care bays, a new Satellite Medical Imaging area with our own dedicated x-ray and CT scanner, and a specialized Behavioural Health Zone. With the additional treatment spaces, we will be better equipped to provide timely care to the growing population of Richmond.”

The new Emergency Department will increase patient access and capacity through expanded care spaces, a total of 86 up from the current 62. Care spaces will be partitioned and allow for patient and family-centred care in a dedicated and enclosed area, allowing for privacy and improving the patient experience.

A new Satellite Medical Imaging area, housing a dedicated CT scanner, X-ray machine and other radiology devices, will be located in the hub of the busy Emergency Department.

When every second counts, these technologies will not only ensure timely imaging results but will also improve safety by keeping acutely ill patients in the Emergency Department rather than transporting them to other parts of the hospital for their tests.

Immediate access to X-ray and CT scanning facilities will positively impact the speed with which diagnoses can be made and treatments begun.

An eight-bed Short-Stay Paediatric Unit within the Emergency Department aims to provide a family-centric area for young children and their families. The provision of a larger child-friendly space will enable a calming and comforting environment for young patients while they receive specialized attention and care.

Dedicated ambulance bays will allow unfettered access to the Emergency Department for those more significantly ill patients. Assessment and care bays will also be partitioned with glass to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of patients.

Dr. Mildred Wong, Emergency Physician, Richmond Hospital

Looking forward to the creation of a specialized Behavioural Health Zone, Dr. Shi acknowledges: “The new Behavioural Health Zone will give mental health patients a dedicated area to keep them safe and allow them to receive the care they need in a dedicated environment that is designed with their well-being in mind.”

The incredible team who make up the group of professional and dedicated staff in the Richmond Hospital Emergency Department look forward to working in the new Yurkovich Family Pavilion.

Physicians and members of the health care team (shown here in the current Emergency Department)

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:

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

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

Gloria Wong
Associate Director, Leadership Giving
[email protected]
(604) 244 5376

Joanne Poon
Senior Manager, Philanthropy
[email protected]
(604) 244 5555