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Richmond Hospital business plan approved

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:24 PDT, Tue July 13, 2021

A business plan has been approved for the Richmond Hospital expansion, which will allow construction to begin.

The four-phase expansion project will see a new state-of-the-art emergency department and intensive care unit installed. It will also add 113 new beds to the hospital, bringing the total to 353. 

"We are ecstatic to have final confirmation that this important project is moving forward and extend our deep gratitude to all of the families, businesses and organizations that have contributed philanthropically to help make it a reality,” says Natalie Meixner, president and CEO of the Richmond Hospital Foundation. “People in Richmond have been champions for this essential development for many years and we are so proud of how our richly diverse community has come together to champion change."

A new nine-floor patient care tower, the Yurkovich Family Pavilion, will have an emergency department with 82 spaces, up from 60, and 11 operating rooms, up from eight. There will be also more pre- and post-surgical care spaces, increasing from 26 to 69.

The tower will also include an intensive care unit; a fully equipped medical imaging department with four CT scanners and two MRIs; a pharmacy; and short-stay pediatrics.

The tower will be earthquake-safe and constructed above the flood plain. The new tower is planned to be 100 per cent carbon neutral.

"Work is needed at Richmond Hospital and it's long overdue for people in this fast-growing community," said Health Minister Adrian Dix. "Business plan approval is an exciting step in the process. This largest provincial capital investment to a health capital project in the city of Richmond means that we are full steam ahead with the expansion of the Richmond Hospital that will provide quality public health care to the people of Richmond for decades to come in a modern environment."

Further improvements to the Richmond Hospital include redevelopment of the south tower to create new inpatient psychiatry and psychiatric emergency units so existing services will be in one location and brought up to modern standards. The South Tower will also have a maternity ward and neonatal intensive care unit.

The Milan Ilich Pavilion will also be redeveloped and be home to the cancer care clinic, outpatient clinics and the UBC school of medicine.

Approximately 1,500 direct jobs and 900 indirect jobs will be created during construction. The project now proceeds to early works and procurement. Design work will begin immediately on initial renovations to the Milan Ilich Pavilion, with construction on those renovations starting in 2022 to accommodate cancer care and other services. The North Tower is expected to open to patients in 2028. South Tower and additional Milan Ilich Pavilion completion is scheduled for 2029.

The cost is approximately $860.8 million and will be shared by the provincial government through Vancouver Coastal Health and the Richmond Hospital Foundation.

Richmond Hospital opened in 1964 and has 240 beds, serving Richmond, South Vancouver and Delta, as well as people using Vancouver International Airport and BC Ferries. The six-floor North Tower is home to surgical suites, medical imaging, a pharmacy, as well as administrative, academic and support services.

Richmond Hospital expansion

Phases 1 and 2:

• Design work will begin immediately on initial renovations to the Milan Ilich Pavilion, with construction on those renovations starting in 2022 to accommodate cancer care and other services.

• Relocation of services and demolition of Park Centre and Rotunda buildings.

• Park Centre is home to a cancer care clinic and psychiatric emergency unit; the Rotunda hosts offices and meeting rooms.

• Construction of the new Yurkovich Family Pavilion.

• The new tower will have 216 beds.

• The North Tower is expected to be ready for patients in 2028.

Phase 3:

• South Tower and Milan Ilich Pavilion redevelopment.

• The South Tower will have 137 beds.

• Renovations to the south tower and additional renovations to the Milan Ilich Pavilion are expected to be complete in 2029.

Phase 4:

• Demolition of the North Tower and power plant is expected to begin in 2028 and be complete in 2031.

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