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Richmond Hospital getting new acute care tower

Last Updated Mar 29, 2018 at 12:59 pm PDT

The designs for a new acute care tower at Richmond Hospital (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Horgan announces concept design for new Acute Care Tower in Richmond

No word on how many beds in new building at Richmond Hospital

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – Richmond Hospital is getting a new building. Premier John Horgan has announced plans for a new Acute Care Tower.

“This project’s a go!” announced Horgan today,¬†receiving¬†a long round of applause — a sign of how much the community has wanted a new facility at the half-century-old hospital.

This announcement is only a concept design; it now goes to a business planning phase before a builder is found and later, shovels can finally be put into the ground.

There’s no word yet on how many beds there will be or when it will be complete, but Horgan says it will be before 2020.

“This is now part of of the capital plan of the province of British Columbia — $15.7 billion over the next number of years to build hospitals, schools, roads, bridges, transit — and Richmond is a big component of that.”

Meanwhile, Natalie Meixner, who is the head of the Richmond Hospital Foundation, says her group has raised half of its private donation funding goal. “To date, the foundation has raised $27 million. So now, with today’s announcement, there is $23 million left to raise.”

Vancouver Coastal Health will also kick in some cash.