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Richmond Acute Care Tower Redevelopment Project

Rendering of the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Richmond Hospital Redevelopment Project

The expanded plans for a larger and more inclusive patient care tower that will now include medical imaging, emergency, surgical and mental health services at Richmond Hospital.

Redevelopment is required to address the critical needs and deficiencies of Richmond Hospital's original tower, the North Tower, including its outdated patient-care delivery areas. A structural assessment of the original tower determined it to be at a high risk of widespread damage, or structural failure, after an earthquake. 

While the VCH-Richmond's Acute Care Tower Redevelopment concept plan was approved in March 2018, plans are now underway for an even bigger facility. Details for the Yurkovich Family Pavilion are still to be confirmed, however, the new nine-floor tower will feature:

  • Double the amount of floor space than originally planned, meaning more room to accommodate services that were previously outside the scope of the project. 

  • A fully equipped medical imaging department, intensive care unit and pharmacy. 

  • The addition of 113 beds, for a total of 353 beds, as well as a new emergency department, paediatric unit, surgical suite, and staff support space. 

  • Expanded plans that will address seismic and flood risks.

The new concept plan will also include renovations to the existing South Tower to create new inpatient psychiatry and psychiatric emergency units.

The business plan is expected to be finalized by the end of September. We look forward to continuing our work with the Ministry of Health and Richmond Hospital Foundation to ensure high quality care and services to meet the future needs of patients and families in Richmond. 

Project Leadership

  • Gail Malenstyn, Interim Vice President, Richmond Acute Services

  • Sharon Petty, Chief Project Officer & Executive Director, Richmond Hospital Redevelopment

  • Helen Tam, Director, Clinical Planning, Richmond Hospital Acute Care Tower

  • Aleco Alexiadis, Co-Medical Director

  • Nancy Austin, Co-Medical Director

Project Team

Richmond Hospital Redevelopment Clinical Planning Team

  • Helen Tam, Director, Clinical Planning and Capital Projects

  • Alfonso Cuyegkeng, Director, Special Projects

  • Brent Gagnon, Clinical Senior Project Manager

  • Lucy Yiu, Clinical Project Coordinator 

Richmond Hospital Redevelopment Facilities Design & Construction Team

  • Ashok Mishra, Director Capital Priorities, Planning and Projects

  • Vio Geana, Senior Project Manager, Design & Construction

  • Kelsey McGivern, Equipment Planner

  • Darcy Canaday, Project Leader

Project Updates

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the project, please email the project team at

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