$30 million donation to Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation from Jim Pattison

Jim Pattison (right, standing). Photos: Jerald Walliser

THE Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation on Wednesday announced a donation of $30 million from renowned Canadian philanthropist and business leader Jim Pattison.

This donation will join the combined contributions of thousands of other donors, supporting the second phase of Royal Columbian Hospital’s redevelopment project, focused on the Acute Care Tower—to be named the Jim Pattison Acute Care Tower.

Royal Columbian is undergoing one of the most ambitious hospital redevelopments in Canadian history. The $1.49 billion project represents an unprecedented opportunity – and challenge – to elevate critical care at a hospital that serves one-third of BC’s population. With construction set to be complete in 2025, the Acute Care Tower is the crown jewel of the project.

“We want to express our sincere gratitude to Jim Pattison for this historical donation. Royal Columbian Hospital serves BC’s biggest health region and this gift, the largest in our region’s history, will ensure we can provide exceptional care to the patients who rely on the Columbian. Upon completion, the Acute Care Tower will further elevate the lifesaving care Royal Columbian Hospital already delivers to patients across the province,” said Jeff Norris, CEO, Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.

“Major improvements are being made in service to an even larger vision: ensuring uncompromising care to every single person who needs it. The generosity of Jim Pattison—and all the donors who have answered our call—serves as a source of inspiration for others to help us achieve this vision.”

Pattison said: “We are honoured to join the thousands of other donors who have already stepped up to show their support to ensure that its legacy of exceptional care in our province is sustainable for future generations.”

As the regional referral hospital for cardiac, trauma, neurosciences, high-risk maternity and neonatal intensive care, Royal Columbian provides the highest level of care to some of the most critically ill and injured patients throughout the province. No other hospital in British Columbia provides all these services, at this level of care, on one site.

Building on Royal Columbian’s legacy, the new Acute Care Tower will include an interventional super floor featuring operating rooms and suites for interventional radiology and cardiology, a new Emergency Department with its own imaging unit, and new larger maternity, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care units, as well as multiple floors for acute and critical care patients. With almost double the current footprint, the redevelopment will increase the capacity of Royal Columbian by approximately 50 percent to 675 beds.

Patients, physicians, nurses, and the entire hospital family will benefit significantly from the updated Acute Care Tower. In addition to a larger footprint, the new tower will feature substantial upgrades in cutting-edge technologies, so healthcare teams can continue to respond to the needs of patients in their most urgent, life-altering moments and deliver the best possible outcomes. The upgrades will include the introduction of innovative, robot-assisted surgery and state-of-the art imaging technology that allows for absolute precision.

“Over the past 160 years, Royal Columbian has always been there to treat patients in their most critical moments,” said Dr. Ken Atkinson, Royal Columbian Hospital, Site Medical Director. “The new Acute Care Tower will transform patient care and outcomes in this province, thanks in large part to Jim Pattison and the thousands of other donors who have contributed to help ensure this vision for the future becomes a reality for generations to come.”