VIDEO: Construction progressing on Langley Memorial Hospital ER

The new MRI magnet was lifted into place on Wednesday

The Emergency Response Campaign at Langley Memorial Hospital reached a huge milestone this week.

Not even the heavy rain on Wednesday morning could dampen the “joy” everyone felt as they watched the magnet for the MRI Suite arrive on the hospital campus and the construction crew lower it through the temporary opening and into place inside the new MRI building, said Terra Scheer.

“Although the process takes hours, as the calibration needs to be so exact, I’m pleased to report that everything has gone smoothly,” said Scheer, head of communications for the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The new machine, first announced in 2018, will be able to perform 7,500 MRI exams annually.

“The magnet arrival is a bitter-sweet event for our team,” Scheer said, noting that the foundation originally hoped to invite some of the key donors together to watch the delivery and celebrate the milestone. But, due to COVID, and crowd restrictions, that wasn’t possible.

Langley Memorial Hospital is undergoing renovations and expansion to accommodate a much larger emergency department, as well as a new MRI suite.

The expansion project is being funded by $29 million from the provincial government and more than $15 million that was raised from the community by the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation.

This project was originally announced back in 2017, but construction started in summer 2019, with the new MRI area originally set to open in early 2021, and the ER set to open at the end of this year.

RELATED: New ER taking shape at Langley Memorial

The expanded ER will increase the number of treatment spaces to 49 from 31.

It will include a separate pediatric waiting area for children and, it will increase privacy, different entrances will be installed to separate walk-in patients from those who arrive by ambulance – with a dedicated, covered six-vehicle ambulance bay, said George Cawdry, senior project manager for the hospital renovations.

“All in all, our emergency department will be about three times the size of the existing department, with plenty of room for loved ones to be with patients,” he said.

Hilary Vandergugten, clinical care coordinator for the new project, also pointed out a number of features in the new project.

The new ER incorporates a lot of natural light throughout a series of specially designed care zones (including a dedicated space for those dealing with mental health and substance use issues), and also features a new patient intake area that ensures rapid assessment and allows for a more “patient focused approach, which is different from our current emergency.”

Leading the virtual tour, alongside Cawdry, Vandergugten said she’s anxious to see the new facilities up and operational soon.

“My team and I are excited about having enough space, the right space, for the current population,” she said.

The hospital foundation had hoped to offer personal tours of the construction site to some of the key partners and donors in the project, Scheer explained. But that too hasn’t been possible due to the pandemic, so Scheer unveiled an alternative – a virtual tour.

RELATED: ‘Heartfelt’ thanks expressed for Langley hospital gala triumph

Queries made to Fraser Health about new timelines for completion of the project have not yet been answered.

.

_______________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: news@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

HealthcareHospitalsLangleyLangley Memorial Hospital

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

Seven-year-old Aaliyah Rosa was found dead in an apartment in Langley in July. (Langley Advance Times files)
Child’s body cold, no pulse, off duty cop testifies in Langley murder trial

The seven-year-old girl’s mother faces a first-degree murder charge

Trinity Western University’s men’s hockey team will host the three-team Captains Cup, featuring the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the Spartans, starting November 12th (Courtesy TWU)
Captains Cup hockey series comes to Langley

Trinity Western University to host UBC and SFU at George Preston arena

LOSC members worked out at the Aldergrove outdoor pool on Saturday, Oct. 24 (LOSC/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Swim club ‘broken-hearted’ by Langley Township pool decision

Staff report said it will cost less to reopen WC Blair instead of Walnut Grove

.
ON COOKING: Chef offers a new take on pumpkin spice

Pumpkin puree can be used to make a salad dressing

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for briefing on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020 (B.C. government)
B.C. records 217 more COVID-19 cases, mask use urged

Infection spike continues, 21 senior facilities affected

Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
L.A. Dodgers beat Rays 3-1 to win 1st World Series title since 1988

National League champs claim crown in six games

Pixabay photo
‘Horrific’ abuse of volunteers and staff by parents must stop, Chilliwack soccer club says

Parents have become abusive after being told COVID-19 rules, email says

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

People march during a climate strike in Montreal, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Judge rejects 15 youths’ climate change lawsuit against Canadian government

Justice Michael Manson has granted the government’s motion to strike the plaintiffs’ claim

A woman walks through check in at WestJet at Pearson International airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Strong support for pre-flight COVID testing ahead of upcoming WestJet trial: YVR

Airport is partnering with UBC, which is helping choose the method of pre-flight testing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the COVID pandemic during a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau says pandemic ‘really sucks,’ and that Christmas gatherings are up in the air

The prime minister encouraged residents to continue to follow the advice of local health authorities

The Williams Lake Indian Band is stipulating no-go zones for mushroom picking in areas burned by last summer’s wildfires. 100 Mile Free Press photo
Who controls mushroom harvesting on Indigenous lands?

‘We don’t necessarily know where the mushrooms grow, how old the stands need to be, those types of things.’

Most Read