As announced in July 2021, the revised business plan to expand Richmond Hospital has been approved. Richmond Hospital will be adding a new nine-floor acute care tower, the Yurkovich Family Pavilion, which includes an intensive care unit; a fully equipped medical imaging department; a pharmacy; and short-stay pediatrics. This will give Richmond, with its growing and aging population, the acute care it needs moving into the future.
The cost is approximately $860.8 million and will be shared by the provincial government through Vancouver Coastal Health and the Richmond Hospital Foundation. In May 2021, the Richmond Hospital Foundation achieved its $50 million fundraising goal for the new acute care tower.
The new tower will have an emergency department with 86 spaces, up from 62, and 11 operating rooms, up from eight. There will be also more pre- and post-surgical care spaces, increasing from 26 to 69. The four-phase project will add 113 new beds to the hospital, bringing the total to 353.
The tower will be earthquake-safe and constructed above the flood plain. The new tower is planned to be 100% carbon neutral.
Additional improvements 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 Milan Ilich Pavilion will also be redeveloped and be home to the Cancer Care Clinic.
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.
For more information or questions about the project, please email the project team at RHRedevelopment@vch.ca.