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RICHMOND COUNCILLORS CALL FOR RICHMOND HOSPITAL COMMITMENT IN BC BUDGET, LAUNCH PUBLIC PETITION

RICHMOND – Following years of talk about a new acute care tower at Richmond Hospital, the facility is now in dire need and a public petition has been launched asking Premier John Horgan to finally take action in the next B.C. Budget in February 2018, said Richmond Councillors Derek Dang, Bill McNulty, and Linda McPhail today.

“Richmond Hospital’s acute care tower is over 50-years old and falls woefully short of current seismic standards and does not meet current health standards,” said Councillor Bill McNulty. “We’ve had governments pay lip service to our needs in Richmond for years and we’re calling on the public to tell the Premier to finally make a commitment to a new tower in February’s B.C. Budget.”

A concept plan for a new acute care tower was delivered by Vancouver Coastal Health to the BC Government early in 2017. The previous BC Liberal government committed to advancing planning to the final business plan stage in September 2017, and the BC NDP supported advancing the hospital as quickly as possible prior to the May 2017 election. To date, no further action has been taken.

Richmond Hospital Foundation has been fundraising to support the new acute care tower, committing to raise $40 million should the project advance to development. To date, approximately $27 million has been raised, but half is tied to a construction start date in 2020 and may be revoked if that deadline passes without action.

“Time is of the essence to advance the acute care tower and capitalize on the substantial donations being raised in our community,” said Councillor Linda McPhail. “The public has clearly spoken with their philanthropy and now we want them to add their voices too.”

Richmond Hospital first opened February 26, 1966 with 132 beds, supporting a city’s population of under 50,000 residents. Today, with 233 beds, Richmond Hospital serves a city population of nearly 220,000 residents, not including the hospital’s role to service YVR airport.

“Richmond Hospital has one bed available per 1000 people living in Richmond, the fewest of any hospital in British Columbia,” said Councillor Derek Dang. “Our population continues to grow and people want to be sure their health care is there for them as well.”

“The time is now for our community to speak with a single voice and demand this project move forward,” said Peter Liu, a prominent Richmond businessman and community activist. “Richmond is united to see a new acute care tower constructed and this petition will play an important role in ensuring we’re heard.”

“I have nothing but respect for the doctors, nurses and medical professionals that are working under challenging circumstances at Richmond Hospital,” said Andy Hobbs, former Richmond Board of Education Trustee. “The Province can’t ignore the needs of the people of our city any longer. They must build the new tower.”

The petition has set an initial goal of 1,000 signatures and is available online at  https://www.change.org/p/premier-john-horgan-build-the-new-acute-care-tower-at-richmond-hospital-now

Richmond councillor says Vancouver Coastal Health ignoring earthquake danger

THE CANADIAN PRESS NOVEMBER 3, 2015

Richmond councillor says Vancouver Coastal Health ignoring earthquake danger

A councillor in Richmond says Vancouver Coastal Health has ignored studies about the safety of the city’s only hospital if a major earthquake occurs.

Photograph by: Ian Smith, PNG Files , Vancouver Sun

METRO VANCOUVER – A councillor in Richmond says Vancouver Coastal Health has ignored studies about the safety of the city’s only hospital if a major earthquake occurs.

Bill McNulty says studies conducted in 2005 and 2011 found Richmond Hospital could not withstand even a moderate shaker.

McNulty says both reports found that the north tower of the hospital is seismically unstable.

He says the tower is over 50 years old and houses all the hospital’s operating rooms and half of its 200 beds, but the health authority has not developed any plan to upgrade or replace it.

McNulty says facilities at Richmond Hospital are inadequate to handle the city’s population of 207,000, and that the health authority must replace the north tower with an expanded acute care tower.

He says if action is not taken, Richmond could experience a preventable, man-made disaster, which he claims would be far worse than any natural disaster when an earthquake hits.

The Province

Tuesday November 3

Richmond hospital tower won’t withstand even moderate earthquake, councilor warns

http://www.theprovince.com/health/richmond+hospital+tower+withstand+even+moderate+earthquake/11489776/story.html

News 1130

Tuesday November 3

No fix planned, despite reports finding parts of Richmond Hospital won’t survive a moderate quake

http://www.news1130.com/2015/11/03/richmond-hospital-earthquake/

CTV

Wednesday November 4

TV News and online article

Calls to seismically upgrade high-risk Richmond Hospital

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/calls-to-seismically-upgrade-high-risk-richmond-hospital-1.2643615

OHS Canada

Wednesday November 4

Councillor: Vancouver Coastal Health ignoring earthquake danger

http://www.ohscanada.com/health-safety/richmond-councillor-vancouver-coastal-health-ignoring-earthquake-danger/1003348731/

Chinese coverage

Fairchild TV

Wednesday November 4

Reports indicates portion of Richmond Hospital structure does not have capability to withstand earthquake

有報告指列治文醫院部分建築物無防震能力

http://www.fairchildtv.com/news.php?n=ea90e42eb981294a7fb36b39326d9617

Sing Tao

Wednesday November 4

Also in Print A4

Richmond Hospital Seismically unstable, Councilor criticize VCH neglect situation

列治文醫院抗震弱 市議員抨衞生局忽視

http://vancouver.singtao.ca/297338/2015-11-04/post-%E5%88%97%E6%B2%BB%E6%96%87%E9%86%AB%E9%99%A2%E6%8A%97%E9%9C%87%E5%BC%B1-%E5%B8%82%E8%AD%B0%E5%93%A1%E6%8A%A8%E8%A1%9B%E7%94%9F%E5%B1%80%E5%BF%BD%E8%A6%96/?variant=zh-hk#.VjuKPfO7xPk.mailto

BC Bay

Wednesday November 4

Richmond Hospital aging, unable to withhold intermediate earthquake

列治文医院大楼老化 被爆竟然不敌中级地震

http://m.bcbay.com/news/2015/11/04/375205.html

West.ca

Wednesday November 4

Richmond news: Richmond Hospital seismically unstable, VCH neglect and its being criticized

列治文新闻: 列治文医院抗震弱 卫生局忽视被批

http://www.westca.com/News/article/sid=447854/%E5%88%97%E6%B2%BB%E6%96%87%E5%8C%BB%E9%99%A2%E6%8A%97%E9%9C%87%E5%BC%B1_%E5%8D%AB%E7%94%9F%E5%B1%80%E5%BF%BD%E8%A7%86%E8%A2%AB%E6%89%B9/lang=schinese.html#0

New Tang Dynasty Television

Thursday November 5

Be careful! Richmond Hospital seismically unstable.  Councilor: North is most dangerous

小心了!大溫列治文醫院不抗震…市議員:北樓最危險

http://ca.ntdtv.com/xtr/b5/2015/11/05/a1233863.html