Hospital foundation chair Deanna Horn, and her husband Brian, were among the 350-plus guests at this year’s Denim & Diamonds hospital gala. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)

More news about Langley’s ER is coming May 28

A $30-million expansion plan is still in the works.

Saturday’s Denim & Diamonds gala was not about the impending expansion of the emergency ward at Langley Memorial Hospital.

But the room of 350-plus guests were let in on a little secret.

They were told to expect a significant announcement later this month about the $30-million new and much larger emergency facility coming to LMH.

Last spring, Fraser Health unveiled plans for the long-awaited upgrades to the hospital.

Well, at the foundation gala, guests were told to expect some news about the expansion plans, and that this announcement will be made May 28 at the hospital.

Changes to the emergency department will include more than tripling the existing 870-square-feet of space, providing 49 (up from 31) treatment sections, and adding a separate pediatric waiting area for kids.

“Last year, we saw more than 46,000 visits to Langley Memorial Hospital’s emergency department, and we know that this number will continue to grow as the population grows,” Jason Cook, executive director of Langley Memorial Hospital, said at the time of the official announcement in 2017.

Fraser Health has since committed to fund $20 million of the project. Meanwhile, the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation has obligated to raise a further $11 million.

But the foundation has yet to kick off its official fundraising campaign for the ER, said foundation board chair Deanna Horn.

The foundation has been working to line up significant donations, and will launch a campaign once the majority of the funds are pledged – a typical format for fundraising on major projects.

When the campaign launches, the foundation will be looking to individuals, organizations, and companies to help push them over the finish line in funding.

It’s hoped all their financial commitments will be met around the time of the groundbreaking and construction start – that’s expected to be later this fall.

This will be the first major expansion of Langley Memorial since an upgrade to the maternity wing finished in 2014.

RELATED STORIES:

• PHOTOS: Gala about bringing better care when needed to Langley hospital

• More news about Langley’s ER is coming May 28

• Langley donors putting the ‘right tools’ in the hands of care providers

• Langley family so grateful for care Zakariah received

• Investment advisor excited by role in Langley hospital drive

• It’s about people making the health care journey together in Langley

• Langley family gives gift to others in end-of-life journey

• Langley has fun giving at hospital gala

• Magician comes home for Langley fundraising gala

• Langley hospital gala sells out weeks ahead

Just Posted

Trapped indoors: smoke from wildfires especially hard on Langley man with respiratory problems

Air quality warning issued for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley

Driver reported in critical condition following crash in Aldergrove

White Rock man was not wearing seatbelt when he collided with two other vehicles, Langley RCMP said

Rescue dogs from California up for adoption in Abbotsford

Embrace a Discarded Animal Society partners with PetSmart this weekend

Langley rider looks for hometown advantage if she makes World Cup

It won’t be known until Friday if Langley’s L.J. Tidball qualifies for the Longines FEI competition.

VIDEO: Soccer superstar comes to Langley

Teen phenomenon Alphonso Davies of the Vancouver Whitecaps to appear at kids soccer camp

Social media, digital photography allow millennials to flock to birdwatching

More young people are flocking to birdwatching than ever, aided by social media, digital photography

Case of truck driver charged in Humboldt Broncos crash adjourned until October

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu is charged with 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death, other charges

REVIEW: MTV VMAs was a shocking event, for the wrong reasons

MTV Video Music Awards lacked star power and felt flat and some of the winners turned heads

4.6 quake detected off coast of Vancouver Island

The small earthquake happened early Tuesday morning

Puppies picked up by BC Wildfire crew to be returned to family

They were just leaving the Monashee Complex of fires when they found the cutest creatures.

At least 14 illegal fires set in Fraser Valley this month

Conservation officers are fed up with people not listening to the province-wide fire ban

5 to start your day

Langley woman charged in daughter’s murder, Canada beats Mexico and more

B.C. woman promoting ‘orange glow’ campaign to support firefighters

A Penticton woman is hoping an orange ribbon campaign will catch on throughout B.C.

Air Canada-led consortium signs deal to buy Aeroplan program

The deal would acquire the Aeroplan loyalty program from Aimia Inc

Most Read