MLA Judy Darcy welcomed the Health Minister’s announcement of Phase I of the reconstruction of Royal Columbian Hospital. The reconstruction plan included a $248.9 million commitment from the province and $9.1 million from the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. RCH, opened in 1862, is BC’s oldest hospitals and one of its busiest.
“This is a wonderful day for the people of New Westminster, the entire region, and the province served by the Royal Columbian Hospital,” said Darcy. “Our entire community, hospital staff, the RCH Foundation and the City – as well as my predecessors and I – have worked very hard to bring about this day.”
The Royal Columbian is a multi-faceted facility that provides tertiary and acute care for over a million British Columbians, but its needs have outgrown the facility.
“A new hospital will make an enormous difference in addressing the chronic problems that have plagued healthcare delivery for many years and allow the dedicated staff of the hospital to continue to provide excellent care”, said Darcy. “The new mental health and substance use facility, the geriatric psychiatric unit and outpatient clinics are very welcome announcements indeed!”