TOGETHER WE DID IT! $5 Million Fundraising Goal for Expansion of Emergency Department Reached
Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation has reached our fundraising goal of $5 million in cash and pledges toward the Expansion of the Emergency Department. This is a historical moment for the Foundation and the community as we cross the fundraising finish line.
Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation and the community advocated for this essential project for 10 years, and fundamental to its approval was the Foundation’s commitment to raising $5 million from the community towards the $37.5M project. “I am so proud to be part of this community. It is because of the amazing people of this community, organizations, and businesses that we made this happen. We could not have done it without them,” said Tom Morton, Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation Chair. The Foundation’s Executive Director, Charlene Giovannetti-King also expressed her immense gratitude to donors, community partners, sponsors and volunteers who are the game changers of health care in the Tri-Cities”!
Construction of the new Emergency Department is over 45% complete, and is projected to open in April 2022. Unique to this project is that the clinical team with emergency care experience led the design process in collaboration with the architects. The new 21,000- square-foot facility will have three times the current space, with the latest technology to ensure our physicians and healthcare workers are able to deliver the high quality care Eagle Ridge Hospital is known for. “We designed a department that will process patients faster and safer. In an emergency that’s what you want: efficient, fast, safe treatment. This expansion will change the way we deliver care to the Tri-Cities. I think it will make a huge difference in patient experience and the overall health of our community”, explained Emergency Physician, Dr. Michael Mostrenko. This expansion is one that is long overdue. “The number of patients we see have more than doubled since this hospital was built in 1984. It has been remarkable to see the level of care and compassion that we have managed to provide in this facility that is over thirty years old”, noted Scott Brolin, Executive Director, New Westminster and Tri-Cities Health Services and Eagle Ridge Hospital. The features that are coming with this expansion will ensure that Eagle Ridge Hospital continues to be recognized as a health care leader amongst BC’s community hospitals providing first-class patient care.
Features of the new Emergency Department:
- One two-bay resuscitation room with ceiling mounted diagnostic tools that will double the current capacity
- Private exam and consultation spaces with glass sliding doors
- Separate entries for ambulances and walk-ins
- Dedicated family and child-centered waiting spaces
- High acuity rooms with space for donning and doffing Personal Protective Equipment
- Isolation spaces for containing infectious diseases.
- Mental health interview space
I am so proud to be part of the of the Tri-Cities Community. It is because of the amazing people, organizations, and businesses that we made this happen. We could not have done it without them.
Tom Morton, Volunteer Board Chair, Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation
I am grateful to our donors, community partners, sponsors and our volunteers who are the true Game Changers of healthcare in the Tri-Cities!
Charlene Giovannetti-King, Foundation Executive Director
We designed a department that will process patients faster and safer. In an emergency that’s what you want: efficient, fast, safe treatment. This expansion will change the way we deliver care to the Tri-Cities. I think it will make a huge difference in patient experience and the overall health of our community.
Dr. Michael Mostrenko, Emergency Physician
The number of patients we see have more than doubled since this hospital was built in 1984. It has been remarkable to see the level of care and compassion that we have managed to provide in this facility that is over thirty years old.
Scott Brolin, Executive Director, New Westminster and Tri-Cities Health Services and 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.
WHY IS THIS NEEDED?
- Population growth continues
- One entry for ambulances and walk-ins
- Insufficient waiting room spaces
- Treatment spaces lack of privacy
- No negative pressure isolation rooms
- Insufficient safe, secure care spaces for psychiatric/substance use
- Insufficient decontamination space
- Resuscitation space is visible to other patients
- Design and layout are inadequate
- Insufficient space for pre-triage, ambulance, police and patients
- Lack of private washrooms
- Three cardiologists serve a growing cardiac care program
WHAT IS GOING TO BE BETTER?
- 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
- Addition of a fourth cardiologist enables the opening of a pacemaker clinic
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