Emergency Expansion Completed!

We are so happy to share that the newly expanded Eagle Ridge Hospital Emergency Department is completed and open as of July 2022. Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation and our community advocated for this essential project for more than 10 years, and fundamental to its approval was our commitment to raising $5 million towards the $37.5M project. This project has been a testament to the generosity of this community as the Foundation completed our $5 million fundraising goal.

We would like to thank our donors, community partners, sponsors and volunteers who are the champions of healthcare in the Tri-Cities, Anmore and Belcarra region. This project could truly could not have happened without each and every one of you who have donated and invested in the healthcare of our community.

FEATURES OF THE NEW EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT:

  • Increased patient and service capacity
  • Separate entry for ambulances and walk-ins
  • Three patient waiting areas, with a dedicated family and child centered space
  • Patients have the privacy, care and attention they deserve
  • Safely contain contagious diseases, protect staff and all patients
  • Proper stabilization space for patients in crisis
  • Decontamination in a safe, secure manner
  • Minimized fear and anxiety for patients and their loved ones
  • Increased treatment spaces from 19 to 39
  • Patient registration is confidential
  • Decontamintion suite has a private ensuite thus improving infection control

The expanded emergency department at Eagle Ridge Hospital will provide patient-centred emergency care to the residents in the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities for many years to come. The enhancements were thoughtfully designed with safety and quality in mind to improve the experience for our patients while supporting our care teams to deliver high-quality care. Thank you to the Province, the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation, our staff and medical staff, and our communities for making this important project a reality.

Dr. Victoria Lee, president and CEO, Fraser Health

I am so grateful to our donors, community partners, sponsors and volunteers who are the champions of health care in the Tri-Cities, Anmore and Belcarra region. The opening of Phase 2 of this fabulous new emergency department truly could not have happened without each and every one of you who have donated and invested in the health care of our community.

Tom Morton, chair, Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation

As a physician who lives and works in the Tri-Cities, I see first-hand how this new project will benefit our community. We have a new, expanded space to provide patient-centred care and support our growing needs. I’m honoured to have been involved in the development of this project since its inception and to be here celebrating the Phase 2 opening today.

Dr. Mike Mostrenko, Eagle Ridge Hospital

LEGENDARY CARE | WE DESERVE IT

The expansion of Eagle Ridge Hospital will transform health care in our community at all levels – from emergency and acute care to medical consultation, treatment and preventive services. Our growing community deserves the best health care today, in addition to solutions for urgent and future health care challenges. Eagle Ridge Hospital has a strong reputation rooted in our history – one that is compassionate in its approach while delivering best-in-class care. Let’s continue this legacy.

Our Emergency Department has reached a critical stage:

  • Our infrastructure is aging and cannot meet current and projected health care demands
  • The population served in the Tri-Cities is rapidly growing
  • Medical equipment and technologies keep advancing medical practices
  • Opened in 1988 to treat 20,000 patients, today it serves over 53,000 per year (20% of whom are children)

Coupled with our vision for an expanded Emergency Department is the expansion of our Cardiology and Community Out-Patient Services Departments.

Hospital Expansion

Cost of Expansion
Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation Fundraising Goal $5,000,000
Fraser Health / Ministry of Health Contribution $32,500,000
Total Project Cost $37,500,000

WHY IS THIS NEEDED?

  1. Population growth continues
  2. One entry for ambulances and walk-ins
  3. Insufficient waiting room spaces
  4. Treatment spaces lack of privacy
  5. No negative pressure isolation rooms
  6. Insufficient safe, secure care spaces for psychiatric/substance use
  7. Insufficient decontamination space
  8. Resuscitation space is visible to other patients
  9. Design and layout are inadequate
  10. Insufficient space for pre-triage, ambulance, police and patients
  11. Lack of private washrooms
  12. Three cardiologists serve a growing cardiac care program

WHAT IS GOING TO BE BETTER?

  1. Increased patient and service capacity
  2. Separate entry for ambulances and walk-ins
  3. Three patient waiting areas, with a dedicated family and child centered space
  4. Patients have the privacy, care and attention they deserve
  5. Safely contain contagious diseases, protect staff and all patients
  6. Proper stabilization space for patients in crisis 
  7. Decontamination in a safe, secure manner
  8. Minimized fear and anxiety for patients and their loved ones
  9. Increased treatment spaces from 19 to 39
  10. Patient registration is confidential
  11. Decontamintion suite has a private ensuite thus improving infection control
  12. Addition of a fourth cardiologist enables the opening of a pacemaker clinic
Year # of Patients Admitted
through Emergency
# of Emergency
Department Visits
2011/12 3,913 44,864
2012/13 4,092 45,932
2013/14 4,424 47,455
2014/15 4,439 49,529
2015/16 4,361 51,380
2016/17 4,403 50,610
2017/18 4,326 52,817
2018/19 4,331 53,057
2019/20 3,791 51,450