Richmond Community of Care

The Richmond Community of Care (including Richmond Hospital) provides services to more than 222,000 Richmond residents across the entire continuum of care; from birth to end-of-life care, through primary, secondary, and tertiary care.  Richmond provides services and programs in homes, schools, clinics, and residential facilities. The mandate of the Richmond Community of Care also includes the community-based provision of care, including services that address mental health and substance use, population and family health.

Richmond Hospital is situated within the Community of Care, and offers a range of health care services, including 24-hour emergency care, intensive care unit, acute medicine, a variety of surgical services, cancer care, mental health and substance use in-patient and out-patient services, multiple diagnostic services, palliative care unit, birth centre, neonatal intensive care unit, child health centre, and short-stay pediatric unit. Clinicians within both Richmond Acute and Community have a number of ongoing research projects centred on improving patient care.  

Current key areas of investigation include community and population health, clinical decision rules, bariatric surgery, pediatrics, respiratory medicine, maternal and newborn care, adverse drug events, mental health and substance use. 

For up-to-date information on research news, events, resources and opportunities please visit the Research Support page. 

Research Leadership

Drs. Alexis Alexiadis and Andrea Walker


  • Serving the communities of Richmond and Delta, BC since 1966.
  • First site in BC to implement “Releasing Time to Care”, a strategy developed by the National Health Service in England to create more productive wards thereby allowing nurses to spend more time with patients.  
  • Using Lean for Health Care to change care delivery in a number of practice areas.    
  • First bariatric surgery in the Lower Mainland was performed at Richmond Hospital.  The hospital now includes a multidisciplinary surgery program to treat obesity and diabetes.  A retrospective study on healthcare utilization and outcomes following bariatric surgery in BC is underway. 
  • The Short Stay Pediatric Ward was the first site to pilot the Pediatric Early Warning Systems (PEWS), a provincial initiative with Child Health BC.  PEWS is an international, evidence-based system to improve safety for hospitalized children.  

Current Research

  • The Preventable Adverse Drug Event (pADE) research study, comprised of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of pharmacists and physicians from Emergency, Internal and Family Medicine, funded by a VCHRI Innovation and Translation research award and the Richmond Hospital Foundation, aims to identify root causes of pADEs at Richmond Hospital (learning messages available here).
  • TEC4Home COPD Study with partnerships between TELUS, VGH, SPH and Richmond hospital involves using home tele-monitoring to help prevent relapse following admissions for COPD flare-ups (Summer 2017 to Summer 2018).
  • Another recently launched study aims to measure the prevalence of cognitive impairment, depression and anxiety in acute exacerbations of COPD (Fall 2017 to Fall 2018).
  • Storeys housing facility recently opened (September 2017), providing supported housing to individuals with mental health and substance use issues.  A program evaluation is underway investigating impacts on physical and mental health and engagement in health care services. 
  • Study on patients with atrial fibrillation found a high proportion of un-diagnosed sleep apnea and compared various diagnostic tests for apnea.  The findings have led to the implementation of new screening recommendations for cardiologists.


Eric Liow, Research Facilitator
Richmond Hospital
7000 Westminster Hwy
Richmond, BC V6X 1A2
Phone: 604.970.5284