Richmond News


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1/10/2018 Press Release
Richmond Chamber Organizing Support for Hospital's Acute Care Tower

Richmond, BC-  The Richmond Chamber of Commerce is seeking community support for a letter, which calls on Premier Horgan and the provincial government to follow through on their election commitment which stated “a B.C. NDP government would commit to building the new acute care tower, and we will build it on the fastest possible timeline.”

The business organization is asking that their members and local employers join their campaign to urge the government include the Richmond Hospital in its 2018 budget, scheduled for February.

Chair of the Chamber, Rob Akimow explains “health care affects every one of us. Richmond has over 218,000 residents. We employ over 100,000 people. Over 20 million travel through Richmond via YVR every year and the hospital services our neighbours in South Vancouver and South Delta as well.”

“Richmond has the fastest growing seniors’ population in the province and we have less than half the beds per capita than the B.C. average.  It’s clear we can’t afford to fall further behind.” Akimow concludes, “The Richmond Hospital staff does an amazing job with what they have to work with, but the fact is the time has come for the necessary improvements to be made to bring our community the service levels that are appropriate.”

The Chamber is also highlighting seismic shortcomings of the original tower, which was built in the 1950’s and currently meets only 17% of the seismic code. In a moderate earthquake of 5.0 to 5.9 on the Richter scale, all eight operating rooms and over half the beds would be at severe risk.

Business owners and senior managers who want to join the campaign can do so online at via a portal on the homepage.


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The Richmond Chamber of Commerce is a broad-based non-profit membership association, celebrating over 90 years of commitment to make Richmond the most prosperous and favorable place to do business.

 Media Contact:

Shaena Furlong
Manager of Communications and Systems
Richmond Chamber of Commerce
604 278-2822