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Generous givers ‘Foundation’ of hospital advances

By Don Fennell

Published 2:59 PST, Fri November 12, 2021

Last Updated: 3:24 PST, Fri November 12, 2021

Indeed it takes a village to raise a child. But it should also be said that it takes a community to care for each other.

During the past 34 years, the Richmond Hospital Foundation has raised more than $120 million to help fund vital medical equipment and to enable improvements in patient care services and upgrade facilities. Its goal remains to inspire joyful giving to build a better and healthier future for Richmond.

“We continue to be excited about the transformative future ahead, as we continue to help drive innovation in support of excellent care for our rapidly growing and richly diverse community.” says Natalie Meixner, president and chief executive officer of the Richmond Hospital Foundation. “Our future focus includes raising funds to support innovative technology for the new medical imaging centre and the emergency room, both important additions to the new Yurkovich Family Pavilion (which has been selected as the name of the new acute care tower slated to be completed in 2028).”

The pavilion, which honours the lifetime contributions to local health care by Dr. Tony Yurkovich and his wife Nancy, a registered nurse, will also feature a medical imaging centre and 219 in-patient beds.

The province approved the business plan for the pavilion (also known as the acute care tower) last summer, upon the completion of the Richmond Hospital Foundation’s $50 million ACT NOW campaign, the funds realized through the generosity of local donors.

Earlier this week, the foundation hosted a virtual Experience Health Care in Richmond event to share some of the advances at Richmond Hospital. By reaching its almost $2 million goal for this campaign period, Meixner says the foundation is able to fund much-needed equipment for Richmond Hospital. The additions include minimally-invasive surgical upgrades for Richmond Hospital’s operating rooms; a lithotripsy laser for the urology department to treat people with kidney stones; and a Mini C-Arm for orthopedic procedures.

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