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KOINONIA EVANGELICAL CHURCH GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY DONATING $10,000 TO RICHMOND HOSPITAL

With a strong belief in giving back to the community, the Koinonia Evangelical Church has made a donation of $10,000 to Richmond Hospital Foundation’s ACT NOW Campaign in support of building a new Acute Care Tower for Richmond Hospital. With over 600 members, many of whom live and work in Richmond and have received health care from Richmond Hospital, the Koinonia Evangelical Church understands the importance of advancing high quality, lifesaving care in the community of Richmond.

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Building a Legacy for the Future – ACT NOW Campaign for new Acute Care Tower Generously Supported at this year’s Annual Starlight Gala

Inspiration and joy abounded as donors, sponsors, and community leaders, helped to raise funds towards innovation and health care in Richmond at the 21st Annual Richmond Hospital Foundation Starlight Gala on Saturday, October 19, 2019. 

As the main focus of the Starlight Gala, a new Acute Care Tower for Richmond was generously supported through the “Leadership Challenge” segment of the evening. The night was a celebration of the many generous Acute Care Tower donors who had already stepped forward while inspiring others to join, helping Richmond Hospital Foundation reach an incredible milestone of $43,680,000 towards the ACT NOW campaign, representing 87% of the campaign’s $50 million goal.

Click here to view the full press release.

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Jason & Emily Ko of Viva Pharmaceuticals inspired other donors at the Richmond Hospital Foundation’s Starlight Gala with their $1 million donation to help fund the new Acute Care Tower for Richmond Hospital.

VANCOUVER DIAMOND LIONS INSTALLATION GALA RAISES OVER $8,000 FOR THE RICHMOND HOSPITAL ACUTE CARE TOWER

The Vancouver Diamond Lions Club has generously donated over $8,000 to Richmond Hospital Foundation in support of a new Acute Care Tower in Richmond through their 13th annual installation and charity dinner.  

Over the past 10 years, the Vancouver Diamond Lions Club has been a supporter of the Richmond Hospital Foundation and has raised over $300,000 towards patient care. Inspired by their belief that health care is a priority and will be a need for most people for years to come, the Vancouver Diamond Lions Club is dedicated to bringing high quality health care services to patients in the community of Richmond.

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Members of the Vancouver Diamond Lions Club presented the cheque to Endora Fan (back row, third from left), Senior Development Manager, Richmond Hospital Foundation, and Verna Yu (back row, second from right), Associate Director of Special Events, Richmond Hospital Foundation.


McHAPPY DAY RAISES OVER $3,000 FROM LOCAL RICHMOND-BASED McDONALD’S TO HELP FUND RICHMOND HOSPITAL ACUTE CARE TOWER

For the second consecutive year, Yolando and Bill Chao have made a generous donation of more than $3,000 to Richmond Hospital Foundation toward the new Acute Care Tower through the McHappy Day campaign. Volunteers from the Richmond Hospital Foundation joined the staff in serving coffee, preparing food, and welcoming customers for an annual day of community giving. McHappy Day took place this year on May 8. For every hot drink, burger and happy meal that was purchased, one dollar was given to a charity. 

Bill and Yolanda Chao have owned McDonald’s franchises in Richmond since 2014. A former nurse at Richmond Hospital, Mrs. Chao is especially passionate about raising funds for the new acute care tower in Richmond. Chao’s Generation Inc. has committed to making a gift in support of the new tower from proceeds of McHappy Days over five years.

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McDonald’s Restaurant Owners Bill Chao (middle), presented the cheque to Verna Yu (left), Associate Director of Special Events, Richmond Hospital Foundation, and Spencer Gall, Development Manager, Richmond Hospital Foundation.


VIJ FAMILY DONATES $100,000 TO IMPROVE COLON CANCER SCREENING AT RICHMOND HOSPITAL AND INSPIRE OTHERS TO GIVE

Manmohan and Kusum Vij, parents of chef Vikram Vij, have donated $100,000 in support of three new colonoscopes to improve colon cancer screening at Richmond Hospital with the hope of inspiring others to give.

Colon cancer screening can save lives by detecting non-cancerous polyps and cancer early. Colon cancer is easier to treat when found at an early stage.

With early screening, colonoscopes help physicians view the colon and remove smaller pre-cancerous polyps, if present, on the spot, sparing the patient from painful, more invasive surgery, and resulting in faster recovery times.

Vij family donates $100,000 to improve colon cancer screening at Richmond Hospital

Left to right are: Dr. Marty Fishman, gastroenterologist, Richmond Hospital; Mr. Manmohan & Mrs. Kusum Vij; Sharon Kennedy, Campaign Director, Richmond Hospital Foundation.

LOCAL RICHMOND FAMILY DONATES $5 MILLION FOR NEW ACUTE CARE TOWER IN RICHMOND

The Greczmiel family, whose Richmond roots span generations, has made a transformational donation of $5 million to Richmond Hospital Foundation towards the new Acute Care Tower in Richmond. In honour of the gift, Richmond Hospital’s operating rooms have been named the Greczmiel Family Surgical Centre.

“Our sincere thanks to the Greczmiel Family. Their philanthropic leadership will help enable our vision for a ‘future-ready’ innovative multi-purpose Surgical Centre that will serve our growing and aging population for decades to come,” said Dr. Dan Kopac, Head of Surgery, Richmond Hospital. 

“We are grateful to the Greczmiel family, who truly give with joy to help this rapidly growing community receive the type of care we all want for ourselves and our loved ones,” said Natalie Meixner, President and CEO, Richmond Hospital Foundation. “Their generosity is exemplary and provides a meaningful path to follow for others who also care deeply about ensuring the very best care here.”

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NANAKSAR GURDWARA GURSIKH TEMPLE DEMONSTRATES COMMUNITY SERVICE WITH TRANSFORMATIONAL GIFT TO RICHMOND HOSPITAL

Nanaksar Gurdwara Gursikh Temple made a transformational gift of $1.3 million in support of the new Acute Care Tower on May 1, 2019.

“Today we are honoured to witness the generosity of an inclusive community with deep roots in Richmond, committed to improving the health of all,” said Natalie Meixner, President and CEO, Richmond Hospital Foundation. “We are incredibly grateful to Maharaj Ji and all of the members of the Nanaksar Gurdwara Gursikh Temple for their leadership, devotion and genuine love of others in Richmond.”

“We all rely on our local hospital during our days on this earth. It’s a common need that unites us all,” said Gary S. Berar, spokesperson and temple member. “A tenet of our Gursikh faith is selfless service to improve the community for the benefit and prosperity of all. It is our sincere hope that our Temple’s donation towards a new Acute Care Tower for Richmond will inspire others to join us to improve local health care for everyone.”

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INSPIRING YOUTH THROUGH CREATIVITY - VANCOUVER ARTOPIA YOUTH SOCIETY RAISES OVER $12,000 BENEFITTING RICHMOND HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

The Vancouver Artopia Youth Society held their second Art Works Charity Art Exhibition with more than 90 students, donating their time and their creations to raise $12,800 for Richmond Hospital Foundation on April 28. The Vancouver Artopia Youth Society inspires our youth to give back to our community through creativity.

Art Works Charity Art Exhibition was a huge success with more than 145 paintings and drawings collected. The Vancouver Artopia Youth Society hopes to continue hosting the art exhibition and auction annually and continue to educate our youth and their families on the importance about giving back to our community.

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RICHMOND POPPY FUND ​SUPPORTS LOCAL HEALTH CARE AT RICHMOND HOSPITAL

Longstanding donors Richmond Poppy Fund made a generous donation of $10,000 to Richmond Hospital Foundation for medical equipment to help improve patient care for the community. 

Each year, the fundraising drive for the Richmond Poppy Fund takes place with major assistance from the Army, Navy and Air Force Cadets from the end of October up until Remembrance Day. In Richmond, the Royal Canadian Legion (Bridgeport) Branch 291 and the Army, Navy and Air Force Unit 284 (Steveston) jointly operate the Richmond Poppy Fund.

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YUE DELICACY RAISES OVER $11,000 FOR RICHMOND HOSPITAL



Yue Restaurant made a generous donation of more than $11,000 to Richmond Hospital Foundation to help improve patient care for the community. 

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VANCOUVER METROPOLITAN LIONS CLUB DONATES MORE THAN $12,000 TO RICHMOND HOSPITAL FOUNDATION IN SUPPORT OF LOCAL HEALTH CARE



The Vancouver Metropolitan Lions Club raised $12,800 in support of local health care in Richmond at their 11th Project "C" event, held at Continental Seafood Restaurant in Richmond on December 23, 2018.

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T&T SUPERMARKETS LEAD COMMUNITY TO FUND NEW MEDICAL IMAGING EQUIPMENT FOR ORTHOPEDICS AT RICHMOND HOSPITAL



New medical imaging equipment received a boost as T&T Supermarkets and their customers raised more than $78,000 to help improve local health care at Richmond Hospital.

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UNITED RICHMOND COMMUNITY DEMONSTRATES PASSION, GENEROSITY FOR LOCAL HEALTH CARE AT RICHMOND HOSPITAL FOUNDATION STARLIGHT GALA



Donors, sponsors, volunteers and community leaders, at the annual Richmond Hospital Foundation Starlight Gala, united together to help raise $738,000 (net) to bolster a “community of care” in Richmond.

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RICHMOND'S NATURE'S ESSENCE MAKES SECOND DONATION OF $20,000 FOR NEW ACUTE CARE TOWER IN RICHMOND



Richmond-based Nature’s Essence, has generously made a second donation of $20,000 in support of Richmond Hospital’s Acute Care Tower, bringing their total contribution to $40,000.

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RICHMOND CHINESE COMMUNITY SOCIETY RAISES $60,000 TO HELP FUND NEW EMERGENCY MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPORT RICHMOND HOSPITAL FOUNDATION'S STARLIGHT GALA



October 16, 2018

Richmond Chinese Community Society (RCCS) raised $60,000 in support of local health care in Richmond at their 29th annual Fundraising Gala.

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​T&T SUPERMARKET LAUNCHES 30-DAY FUNDRAISING DRIVE WITH MATCHING DONATIONS FOR RICHMOND HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

September 28, 2018

​Richmond, B.C. T&T Supermarkets today launched a fundraising drive, its largest ever, with matching donations made in-store at its three Richmond locations dollar-for-dollar.

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RICHMOND HOSPITAL FOUNDATION HONOURS DONORS, COMMUNITY LEADERS, & HIGHLIGHTS NEW COMMUNITY OF CARE IN RICHMOND

September 17, 2018

Richmond, B.C. Richmond Hospital Foundation honoured donors and community leaders while highlighting a new Community of Care in Richmond at its Community Cares Celebration, marking the official launch of Richmond Hospital Foundation’s annual Community Cares Month.

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COMMUNITY DRIVEN GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES RECORD-BREAKING $318,000 (NET) TO HELP PROVIDE LOCAL HEALTH CARE AT RICHMOND HOSPITAL

June 6, 2018

 

For the 8th consecutive year with Aspac as its Presenting Sponsor and sun-filled spectacular weather, the event brought together 140 golfers and more than 250 guests, who continue to demonstrate their long-term commitment to improving health care in our community.

Over 30 years, Richmond Hospital Foundation has raised nearly $75 million to help purchase vital medical equipment, improve patient care services and upgrade facilities at Richmond Hospital.

 

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McHAPPY DAY FOR LOCAL HEALTH CARE:  NEW ACUTE CARE TOWER BENEFITS WITH PROCEEDS FROM A RICHMOND-BASED McDONALD’S FRANCHISEE

May 23, 2018
 

Improving local health care, one meal at a time. That was the goal for Chao’s Generation Inc., the franchise owner of four Richmond-based McDonald’s restaurants. 

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VANCOUVER ARTOPIA YOUTH SOCIETY – KIDS HELPING KIDS BY DONATING ARTWORK AND RAISING $10,000 FOR RICHMOND HOSPITAL’S NICU

May 3, 2018
 

The Vancouver Artopia Youth Society inspires children through creativity. This year, they also decided to teach young artists about giving back to their community. Everyone at the society agreed that encouraging children to donate toward newborn health is an excellent opportunity to educate youth about the importance of caring for future leaders.

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RICHMOND HONDA RAISES MORE THAN $6,500 FOR RICHMOND HOSPITAL

​February 21, 2018
 

This past year, Richmond Honda chose Richmond Hospital Foundation as their Richmond-based charity, supporting local health care by helping to fund equipment used in Code Blue emergencies when a patient arrests and requires resuscitation.

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Shoppers Drug Mart Growing Women’s Health campaign raises more than $20,000 for Richmond Hospital

​February 21, 2018
 

Shoppers Drug Mart Growing Women’s Health Campaign raised more than $20,000 in 2017 towards Richmond Hospital’s Birth Centre. Read more.

WHITE SPOT RICHMOND CENTRE STAFF AND CUSTOMERS BRING CHRISTMAS JOY TO RICHMOND HOSPITAL

January 30, 2018
 

Christmas is a day of giving and that’s no exception for the staff and management at White Spot Richmond Centre, whose now legendary tradition of yuletide giving warms hearts while raising funds.

This Christmas Day, White Spot Richmond Centre will once again hold its annual Christmas luncheon with all staff time, tips and net proceeds generously donated to Richmond Hospital Foundation.

The luncheon has become a part of the annual seasonal traditions for longtime customers Coreen and Brian Van Dorp. Read more.



Vij family donates $100,000 to improve medical imaging at Richmond Hospital and inspire community giving

December 6, 2017
 

Richmond, B.C. – Manmohan and Kusum Vij, parents of chef Vikram Vij, have donated $100,000 to help fund a brand new state-of-the-art portable digital X-ray machine in Richmond Hospital’s Medical Imaging department. The new unit, which can be brought to the bedside of the patient, is faster and more accurate, providing greater clarity and safety while using lower doses of radiation. 
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Richmond community unites stronger than ever to champion local health care at Richmond Hospital Foundation Starlight Gala

October 18, 2017

Event raises $688,000 (net) as community urged to seek Provincial funding commitment for new Acute Care Tower

Richmond, B.C. – Donors, sponsors and community leaders at the annual Richmond Hospital Foundation Starlight Gala demonstrated their unwavering leadership to help raise funds and champion high quality local health care in Richmond. Read more.




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City of Richmond Mayor & Council receive Richmond Hospital Foundation
Community Cares Award

September 6, 2017

Richmond, B.C. – Richmond Hospital Foundation today presented its annual Community Cares Award to the City of Richmond Mayor & Council for helping to champion the need for a new Acute Care Tower. The annual award is presented to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership that has helped Richmond Hospital Foundation reach out to our diverse and growing community.
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RHF GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES $265,000 (NET) TO IMPROVE LOCAL HEALTH CARE

Richmond Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament Raises $265,000 (NET) to improve local health care

June 7, 2017

Richmond, B.C. – Fun and fundraising at Richmond Hospital Foundation’s annual golf tournament raised $265,000 (net) to improve local health care on Monday, June 5th. “Achieving the caliber of local health care that best serves the people of Richmond requires leadership and active participation and it is inspiring to see the community united in their commitment to Richmond Hospital,” said Harold Goodwyn, Richmond Hospital Foundation Golf Committee Chair and Foundation Board Member. “We wish to thank our generous donors, sponsors and the many volunteers who helped make it a great day.”
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Apr 4 2017 ACT Announcement

Partners make progress on planning for acute-care tower project at Richmond Hospital

From the BC Government News Webpage
April 4, 2017

The provincial government is supporting planning for a new patient-care tower at Richmond Hospital and the ministry expects work on the business plan could begin in fall 2017.  Up to $3 million will be allocated to support the development of a business plan, once the concept plan is approved. 

The Ministry of Health is currently reviewing the concept plan provided by Vancouver Coastal Health. Concept planning is an important part of the planning process for a major capital project, and provides an opportunity to ensure the new tower will meet the needs of the community and future demands. 

After a concept plan is approved by government, the next step in planning a large capital project such as a new hospital is to prepare a business plan. Business plans focus on cost and services of a new facility, and take approximately 12 to 18 months to prepare. A business plan is followed by procurement and then construction.  The business planning process for Richmond Hospital will ensure health-care services will be provided in a culturally sensitive manner, with recognition of the importance of traditional Chinese medicine services in the local community.  Read more on BC Government News webpage.

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Yurkovich Family galvanize community with record donation to help build new Acute Care Tower at Richmond Hospital

February 3, 2017

Long-time Richmond residents, Dr. Tony and Mrs. Nancy Yurkovich today made the single largest gift in the history of Richmond Hospital Foundation in support of a new Acute Care Tower.  While the Yurkovich’s gift ranks among some of the largest donations made to a hospital foundation in British Columbia, the couple remains modest and humble, preferring to inspire others to join and are thrilled that more than 10 families and organizations have made commitments totalling $25 million toward a new Acute Care Tower at Richmond Hospital.

In recognition of their generosity, the original hospital tower, whose official opening they attended in 1966, will be named the Yurkovich Family Pavilion.  In the future, when a new Acute Care Tower is approved by the Provincial Government, the naming will transfer to the new building.  Read more.

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Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant raises $1.6 million net to support future Acute Care Tower at Richmond Hospital

December 12, 2016

The Chinese community united to help champion the future needs of patients, families and healthcare professionals at Richmond Hospital, raising $1.6 million (net) at the Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant Gala Dinner for Richmond Hospital Foundation in support of a new Acute Care Tower.

Honorary Chair Patsy Hui took a leadership role on the night of the event and announced a significant donation. Her leadership was exemplified by the joy she experiences through giving.

Richmond Hospital Foundation honoured Mr. Thomas Fung and wife Amy with its prestigious annual Leadership Award in recognition of their longstanding support of Richmond Hospital Foundation and health care philanthropy to reach the Chinese community and inspire others to give.​

Donations raised at the Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant 2016 will benefit a new Acute Care Tower at Richmond Hospital. Read more
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Richmond Hospital Foundation named beneficiary of Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant 2016

September 13, 2016

“Richmond Hospital is a family hospital and we all want the very best close to home for our aging parents, our aunties and uncles, and ourselves,” said Natalie Meixner, President & CEO, Richmond Hospital Foundation. “Just as importantly, we want the very best for future generations to come…for our children now who will also become adults one day here and will rely on local health as they age. We are deeply honoured to be this year’s charity of choice and we commend Fairchild TV for choosing to benefit families in Richmond.”  Read more
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India Culture Center of Canada Gurdwara Nanak Niwas donates $41,500 to improve local health care at Richmond Hospital

September 1, 2016
Richmond, B.C. – Spearheading a leadership role to improve local health care, the India Culture Center of Canada Gurdwara Nanak Niwas donated $41,500 to Richmond Hospital Foundation to improve local health care. “Our community recognizes the need to take a leadership role to help improve care for patients in Richmond,” said Balwant Sanghera, OBC. “Richmond Hospital is one of community’s most important institutions and our donation will help ensure local health care is there for all of us in the future,” he said.

“We thank each and every member of the India Culture Center of Canada Gurdwara Nanak Niwas who has chosen to give to make certain that their family has the best care possible here in Richmond.” said Natalie Meixner, President & CEO, Richmond Hospital Foundation.

The donation also includes a $10,000 gift from prominent pioneer, businessman and philanthropist Mr. Asa Singh Johal.  Read more.

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Concept planning begins for Richmond Hospital patient care tower project

June 2, 2016
RICHMOND - 􀀃In partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health and Richmond Hospital Foundation, the Province is moving forward to start plans for a new replacement patient care tower at Richmond Hospital, announced Health Minister Terry Lake.

"Richmond Hospital has been a long-standing pillar of the community, touching many lives and helping to keep Richmond healthy," said Lake. "The proposed modernization of Richmond Hospital continues to support governments commitment to renewing health infrastructure in British Columbia, and address the changing face of health care in B.C. The concept plan will look at what the community needs now, and into the future."
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Watch the address by The Honourable Teresa Wat.

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Richmond Firefighters Association Donates $250,000 to Richmond Hospital Foundation (web)

Richmond Firefighters Association donates $250,000 to improve local health care at Richmond Hospital 

March 16, 2016
Spearheading a leadership role to improve local health care, the Richmond Firefighters Association is making a $250,000 donation to Richmond Hospital Foundation. “Firefighters are individuals who dedicate their lives to helping others, and our members saw an opportunity to help improve care for patients in Richmond,” said Captain Doug Scott, Richmond Firefighters Association. “It’s important to all of our members that after we respond to an emergency and provide assistance, those we help are able to receive the best health care possible,” he said. The $250,000 has been pledged over the next five years and each member will be contributing through payroll deduction.

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Richmond Hospital Foundation commends City of Richmond resolution seeking provincial government commitment for new acute care tower 

February 23, 2016
Resolution adds to growing community support to replace seismically unstable, obsolete 50-year-old original tower

Richmond, B.C. – Richmond Hospital Foundation is commending City of Richmond Mayor and Councilors for unanimously passing a resolution last night seeking a provincial government commitment to build a new acute care tower at Richmond Hospital. “It’s time to champion the replacement of a building that has reached the end of its 50-year life-cycle, and we are grateful for the efforts of the Mayor and Council for their community leadership,” said Natalie Meixner, President & CEO, Richmond Hospital Foundation. “Richmond has reached a tipping point. Our city’s growth has outpaced Richmond Hospital’s capacity. Richmond Hospital needs a new acute care tower to address seismic risks and provide adequate acute care beds and we need the voices of our community to be heard.”

On Feb. 15, Richmond Hospital Foundation had made a presentation to the City of Richmond’s General Purpose meeting requesting the support of the Mayor and Council to ask the Provincial Government for a commitment now to build a new Acute Care Tower. “The Foundation and our donors are willing to do their part to raise funds, but we need a provincial funding commitment to proceed,” says Meixner.

Richmond Hospital’s original tower poses serious seismic risks. Vancouver Coastal Health Authority commissioned studies showing the original tower is severely deficient and would sustain major structural damage with possible localized or complete collapse in a moderate to strong earthquake, with or without liquefaction. A moderate earthquake on the Richter scale is 5 to 5.9. On Dec. 29, 2015. we experienced a 4.7 magnitude earthquake. 
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