Smiles all around at the CHAC construction kick-off meeting.
As Richmond continues to grow, so does our need to offer services and programs in the community that patients can access when they need it most. Our new Community Health Access Centre (CHAC), which will be located at 7671 Alderbridge Way, is a big step to allowing us to develop community-based services with integrated programming and care-provider expertise.
Since receiving Ministry of Health (MOH) approval on our business plan in March 2019, our team has been engaging with key physician and frontline leaders to review the plans to ensure our plans could accommodate the growth in the home and community care programs (Specialized Community Services Programs (SCSP's) and the development of the Primary Care Network), and the repatriation of the home support program.
Richmond's new CHAC will sit as the cornerstone of this healthy, thriving community, and will become an SCSP hub for mental health and substance use (MHSU), as well as home and community programs. It will also serve as a home base for frail and elderly care and outpatient rehab programs. This will allow 8100 Granville to continue to be a public health hub for VCH-Richmond and the Primary Care Network teams.
After a successful tender process, construction for our new CHAC began on August 26, 2019, as our crew from Kinetic Construction mobilized on site to prepare for demolition. Construction is forecasted to be completed in time for the new CHAC to be open by the spring of 2020.
In order to prepare the site for construction, MHSU staff located on the third floor of 7671 Alderbridge Way were relocated to 8100 Granville. This was successfully completed on August 1, 2019. The relocated staff will continue their day-to-day work from 8100 Granville, while the Mental Health programs and services at the Anne Vogel Clinic, will continue to be offered on the second floor and will operate as usual.
We look forward to keeping you updated on this project as we achieve future key milestones.