The Royal Columbian Hospital is one of BC’s largest and most specialized hospitals. RCH is one of three regional hospitals within the Fraser Health Authority, and also serves as the local community hospital for New Westminster, and as a secondary referral hospital for people from Burnaby to Maple Ridge.
To address the significant increase in patient volumes and congestion it’s seen in recent years, a multi-phase multi-year redevelopment of the hospital is proposed to increase its capacity.
Phase 1 includes:
- A new 75-bed mental health and substance use facility with 2½ times more beds than the aging Sherbrooke Centre, plus more outpatient clinics to help patients transition to community mental health services and to community life, and Fraser Health’s first dedicated geriatric psychiatry unit for seniors needing acute mental health care.
- New parking and underground parkade
- New more efficient Energy Centre to provide the power and utilities infrastructure needed to support the current campus and future phases
- Moving the helipad to allow for construction cranes
Phase one begins with construction starting this fall for the helipad, and in 2016 for the mental health and substance use facility and energy centre. Phase one is expected to complete in 2019.
To learn more about this project, please visit the Fraser Health website.