Improving health services for people in the Tri-Cities
As your MLA, my number one priority is ensuring people in Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra — and across B.C. — get the support and care they need to thrive. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reframe how we care for each other, but our government’s commitment remains steadfast.
Next week I will be returning to the BC Legislature along with my colleagues from across the province. I look forward to providing updates on new legislation and ongoing committee work in the weeks to come. In this newsletter, I wanted to share with you a few bits of exciting news over the last month about our progress in ensuring that people here in the Tri-Cities have the support they need.
Expanded ER at Eagle Ridge Hospital is now open
I’m proud of our government for investing in the expansion of the emergency department at Eagle Ridge Hospital. When Eagle Ridge Hospital opened in 1984, the hospital’s emergency department had about 20,000 patients seeking emergency care every year. That number has more than doubled to 50,000 patients per year.
Phase 1 of Eagle Ridge Hospital’s $37.5 million emergency department expansion opened on Tuesday. This expansion includes new separate entrances for walk-in patients and ambulances, a redesigned registration and triage area to improve privacy and flow of patients, and a designated separate area for patients with mental-health and substance-use support needs.
Once Phase 2 is completed in March 2022, the expanded emergency department will have 39 new treatment spaces, up from 19. It will include four new isolation rooms for people with infectious illnesses and two new trauma resuscitation bays.
The new space is approximately three times larger, increasing from 714 square metres (7,685 square feet) to 2,206 square metres (23,745 square feet). It will provide quality emergency care in spaces better designed to meet the growing needs of patients in the Tri-Cities.
Strengthening our ambulance system, more paramedics stationed in Port Moody
When you call 911 in an emergency, you should feel confident that help is on the way quickly. Across the province we are strengthening our ambulance system by converting 24 rural and remote paramedic stations from on-call to 24/7 staffing. This will mean faster response times for people in small communities from Tofino to Fernie to Fort St James.
We are also in the process of hiring 85 new paramedics for larger centres, from Metro Vancouver, to Kamloops, to Prince George. Eight of these new paramedics will be stationed right here in Port Moody.
Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Tomorrow, I'll be joining members of our community at Noons Creek Hatchery for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day. We will remember those lost, those that survived and those still impacted by the intergenerational trauma of the residential school system. Join me at Noon Creek Hatchery, wear an orange shirt, or find a virtual event online. It's important that we listen and learn about BC and Canada's colonial history and consider what each of us can do to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 or any other provincial issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help you. My office can be reached at 604-936-8709 or email@example.com.