Richmond Hospital is celebrating its 50-year anniversary, but with the celebration also comes concern for the future.
Natalie Meixner is the Richmond Hospital Foundation’s president and says the population in the city has quadrupled since the hospital first opened, but the number of beds has not even doubled.
She says Richmond also has the fastest growing seniors population in the province, adding to the pressure.
“So when you combine those two facts we know that there’s going to be extreme pressure on our hospital’s ability to provide acute care services in a not too distant future.”
Meixner says the hospital’s original tower poses serious seismic risks, with possibility of structural damage and collapse in case of a moderate to strong earthquake.
She says the foundation is not expecting the government to do all the work, but they do hope they realize how important it is to look into the future.