Richmond News


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1/16/2018 Press Release
Nearly 8,000 Employees Represented in Call for New Acute Care Tower

Richmond, BC- In the lead up to the provincial election last February, now Premier Horgan, stated that “a BC NDP government would commit to building the new acute care tower and we will build it on the fastest possible timeline.”

On January 10th, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce put out a call for local businesses and organizations to support them in a call for Premier Horgan to fulfil this election commitment and include the funding for the new Acute Care Tower at Richmond Hospital in next month’s budget. In less than a week since launching this campaign, the number of employees represented by the campaign is nearly 8,000.

One of the early supporters of this campaign was Dr. Zak El-Ramly, President & CEO of ZE PowerGroup Inc. who employs 250 people in Richmond. Dr. El-Ramly stated, “ZE, strongly agrees that a new Acute Care Tower is urgently needed at the Richmond Hospital. Our expanding and diverse local workforce compels us to ensure that we have the adequate expertise, equipment and facilities that are needed for the future. We kindly urge Premier John Horgan to please include the necessary funding in the February 2018 budget.”

Local employers are still be encouraged to join the campaign and can do so until January 22nd. The full letter and details can be viewed via a portal on the homepage of


 Key Facts of the Original Acute Care Tower:  

  • The Richmond Hospital  serves 218,000+ local  residents, 100,000+ Richmond based employees, 20+ million annual visitors coming through Richmond based YVR, and our neighbours in South Delta and South Vancouver
  • In a moderate earthquake over half of the beds at the Richmond Hospital are at severe risk and all 8 operating rooms are at risk. It only meets 17% of seismic code.
  • Richmond Hospital has only 0.9 beds per 1000 residents, compared to 1.9 beds per 1000 residents averaged in B.C.
  • Richmond has the fastest growing seniors population in B.C.


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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