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Hospital expansion moves forward for Richmond community


In the photo: Chad Pederson, Richmond Hospital Foundation board chair; Vivian Eliopoulis, VCH CEO; Dr. Dan Kopac, Department Head, Surgery; Natalie Meixner, President and CEO, Richmond Hospital Foundation; Premier John Horgan; Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

A new state-of-the-art emergency department and intensive care unit are just two of the improvements people in Richmond will see with more services and better health care as the Province moves ahead with an approved business plan for an expanded Richmond Hospital. At a morning event held outside Richmond Hospital on July 13, Premier John Horgan and Minister Adrian Dix shared their excitement for the approved plan, which will add 113 new beds to the hospital, bringing the total to 353.

“During our planning phase, we had time to rethink the way we build this tower, which includes improved patient flow between services, new state-of-the-art technology for medical imaging, and a much-needed expansion to our emergency department," said Vivian Eliopoulos, Vancouver Coastal Health CEO, at the event. “Ultimately, the new tower will lead to safer, quality care, and contribute to better health outcomes."

The new patient care tower, which will be named the Yurkovich Family Pavilion, will have an emergency department with 86 spaces, up from 62, and 11 operating rooms, up from eight and almost triple the amount of pre and post-surgical care spaces. The tower will also include an intensive care unit, a fully-equipped medical imaging department with four CT scanners and two MRIs, as well as a pharmacy.

“As a health-care provider, I see first hand and know all too well the importance of these critical services for patients, staff and the community of Richmond," said Dr. Daniel Kopac, Department Head for Surgery at Richmond Hospital. “The new Richmond Hospital tower will allow us to better meet the diverse, complex, and growing healthcare needs of our community as well as recognize and incorporate the diversity of our staff and the community in which we serve."

Project next steps

The project now proceeds to procurement, with tower construction expected to start in 2024.  Early occupancy of the podium levels is planned for Fall 2027 with patient floors by Fall 2028. South Tower and Milan Ilich Pavilion renovations start in 2026 with completion scheduled for 2030.

Learn more and stay up to date on the project page website.

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