ACT NOW Campaign
(For a New Inpatient Tower)
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A Hospital for the 21st Century
Modern medicine is dramatically different from what it was when Richmond Hospital opened more than 50 years ago.
Richmond Hospital urgently needs a new Acute Care Tower that incorporates the latest design for patient-centred care and meets or exceeds current standards of earthquake safety, infection prevention and control.
The facility will encourage collaborative practice between multi-disciplinary professionals, providing Richmond residents the highest calibre of health care.
Once the business plan is approved for the new Yurkovich Family Pavilion, the next phase of pre-construction can begin. This includes decanting or moving existing services to appropriate areas of Richmond Hospital before demolition of outdated facilities starts. Detailed design of the site and procurement of construction services is essential before construction can begin. Check back here for ongoing news of the Yurkovich Family Pavilion.
Business planning for the new facility is underway.
We look forward to a facility that will include:
Multi-purpose Operating Rooms
Right-sized to accommodate modern surgical equipment and technologies to ensure increased patient volumes can be met
Surgical Day Care Procedure Rooms
To address the growing demand for same-day procedures
State-of-the-art Sterilization Facility
For repurposing medical equipment from across the facility
Increase in In-patient Beds
Total of 219 inpatient beds including a Critical Care Unit (ICU-Intensive Care Unit and HAU-High Acuity Unit) – a total increase of 111 beds beyond what is currently available in the original north tower
Ensuring patient privacy and confidentiality, and reducing the risk of infection
Patient Rehabilitation Areas
That promote faster healing and earlier “return-to-home”
Containing a satellite Medical Imaging Centre, a short-stay pediatric unit and Psychiatric Emergency Unit
Medical Imaging Centre
With modern imaging modalities
In the last 50+ years, the population of Richmond has more than quadrupled standing today at over 220,000. By 2035 the population is estimated to reach close to 275,000.
Richmond Hospital has the highest rates of acute care bed utilization per thousand population in the province of British Columbia. At less than one bed per thousand population, Richmond Hospital is often stretched to capacity – particularly during seasons of peak demand such as the “Winter Surge”.
Residents of Richmond have the longest average life expectancy in Canada, at nearly 85 years and the senior’s population is the fastest growing of any municipality in B.C. Between now and 2035, the number of seniors will more than double to at least 60,000. The often complex health care needs of seniors adds an extra burden to our hospital’s ability to provide acute care services.
Richmond Hospital serves the more than 220,000 residents of Richmond plus the adjacent communities of South Vancouver and Delta. The facility is also positioned to deliver acute care services to the more than 100,000 non-residents who come to Richmond daily to work at one of the City’s many vibrant businesses.
In 2020, the original North Tower, which will be replaced by the new Acute Care Tower, meets only 17% of current seismic standards placing 108 inpatient beds and eight Operating Rooms at extreme risk should even a moderate earthquake occur in our region.
Operating Rooms, currently half the size of today’s standard-of-care O.R.’s, are too small to accommodate the state-of-the-art surgical equipment required to perform modern complex and minimally invasive surgeries.
Because of its proximity to YVR, Richmond Hospital is the acute care facility relied upon to deliver urgent medical services to travellers through YVR who require medical intervention to relieve physical or mental health symptoms.
90% of the inpatient rooms in Richmond Hospital’s original North Tower hold 3-4 patients with shared bathroom and shower facilities.