TGIF: Legendary Care. We Deserve It.

This article was published on: 02/20/19 10:07 PM


As a rapidly growing community – yes we do deserve it! Finally the vital expansion of Eagleridge Hospital is becoming a reality and a project in progress. On January 18, Minister of Health Adrian Dix announcing the start of construction, said “We are treating emergency care in this region as a priority, so people will be able to receive health care services in a state of the art facility, and health care workers will have the room they need to help patients get better, quicker.”

The Eagleridge Hospital Foundation has a fundraising goal of $5,000,000, while the Fraser Health/ Ministry of Health contribution is $22,600,000. 35 years ago when Eagleridge Hospital opened, its emergency department had about 20,000 patient visits per year – now, visits have increased to about 53,000 per year, 20% of these patients are children. The expansion will more than double the number of patient treatment spaces in the emergency department from 19 – 39. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2020.

The work will include four new isolation rooms to support improved infection control measures as well as two new resuscitation bays. Walk in patients and ambulances will have separate entrances and an area will be designated for chemical decontamination.

In 2018, close to 1600 patients were seen in Emergency for cardiac related events and more than 900 echo-cardiograms were performed on site. The first phase of construction will be renovations to make way for a new, expanded space for the Cardiology Department which will allow for a fourth cardiologist and provide a purpose built space for a pacemaker clinic within the hospital.

Kudos to the Eagleridge Hospital Foundation for their dogged determination to see this happen and to our TriCities MLAs for their support. As our infrastructure ages, medical equipment & technologies keep advancing medical practices and our population continues to grow, this is indeed great news and not before time.

Let’s get on board and support our Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation with its fundraising – we all use the hospital at one time or another. For more information, or to get involved, contact Charlene Giovannetti-King, Executive Director of the Foundation – charlene@erhf.ca.

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