Abbotsford – It is not an old facility by any means, but is is already bursting at capacity. More space for improved care and enhanced services are on the way as construction is starting on an expanded emergency department at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre.
The hospital opened in 2008 replacing the aging MSA Hospital.
Total cost of the project is $16.25 million, with $15 million funded by the provincial government, and $1.25 million by the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation.
Kinetic Construction Ltd. was selected as the builder for the project. The company will start construction in fall 2019 with a projected completion date of summer 2021. During the renovations, the emergency department will remain open.
By The Numbers:
- In 2018-19, the emergency department at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre saw over 77,000 patients, a 13% increase since 2013-14.
- Emergency departments are being expanded at five Fraser Health hospitals, including Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, Burnaby Hospital, Eagle Ridge Hospital, Langley Memorial Hospital and Peace Arch Hospital.
- Emergency departments are available 24/7 for people who have been in a major accident or are experiencing:
- trouble breathing or catching their breath
- severe abdominal or chest pain/pressure
- weakness or tingling on one side of the body
- loss of consciousness
- heavy bleeding.
- With over 35 years of experience, Kinetic Construction Ltd. is a B.C.-based employee-owned company that has completed hundreds of projects.