While it was a hotly debated issue for decades, the NDP government announced on Friday, November 17th, that Riverview hospital would reopen in 2019.
Although it is a long ways off, the artist renderings for the newly developed hospital convey why the project will take some time. Indeed, costing a staggering $101 million in total, it is no minor undertaking.
A release from the Government of British Columbia states how, “The state-of-the-art, 105-bed centre will offer specialized-residential treatment to help some of the most vulnerable adults with complex needs related to severe mental health and addictions issues from across the province.”
The new facility is slated to replace the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, and plans to open late 2019.
Riverview Health Care Centre Renderings
Mayor Richard Stewart of Coquitlam released a teary statement over Facebook calling for the revival of the institution after he attended a funeral back in September. The young man had lost his life to addiction after a losing battle with his mental health issues.
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