RCH beam signing
Written by Darlene MacKinnon, Executive Director, Royal Columbian Hospital and Executive Clinical Lead, Royal Columbian Hospital Redevelopment

The next phase of a massive expansion of is moving forward.

On Saturday, September 22, the Ministry of Health announced that to help meet the demands of a growing population, the provincial government is moving forward with the next phase of a massive expansion of Royal Columbian Hospital.

Phase 2 will include a new acute care tower and an expanded emergency department. 

This is great news for Royal Columbian Hospital, as Phase 2 will include a new acute care tower and an expanded emergency department.

As part of the announcement, Health Minister Adrian Dix said Phase 2 of the Royal Columbian Hospital revitalization plan will proceed as a design-build project, rather than the previously approved public-private partnership. 

To celebrate the ‘topping off’ of Phase 1 of the revitalization project, the new Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre, Minister Dix and Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, added their signatures to one of the facility’s rooftop beams, as did Fraser Health Board Chair Jim Sinclair and President and CEO Michael Marchbank, along with many Royal Columbian Hospital staff. 

When complete in 2020, the new 36,500 square-metre Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre will include Fraser Health’s first dedicated older adult psychiatric unit for seniors with 20 beds, a 10-bed psychiatric high acuity unit, 45 beds for acute mental health inpatient care, clinical teaching space, more outpatient clinics, a new energy centre, and a 450-stall parkade.

Read the full news release here.


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