Wayne Wright Mayor
September 15,2011 Mayor Richard Stewart and Council
City of Coquitlam Coquitlam City Hall 3000 Guildford Way Coquitlam, BC V3B 7N2
Dear Mayor Stewart and Council:
On behalf of New Westminster City Council, I am writing to inform you that it was with surprise and disappointment that we learned of your council's recent motion to appeal to the Province to have Royal Columbian Hospital relocated to Coquitlam. While we are
generally supportive of other city council's efforts to improve their community for their citizens, in this particular case, Coquitlam has missed the mark.
New Westminster has been home to Royal Columbian Hospital for 149 years. As the City's largest employer, our citizens are proud of its presence in our community and the role it plays as the Fraser Health region's trauma centre. To accommodate its growth our city has worked with the Province and health officials over the years to ensure accessible state-of-the-art health care facilities are available to ill and injured patients
whenever the need arises. Over the past decade alone, key infrastructure improvements have been made including the locating ofSapperton Skytrain station less
than a block from the hospital entrance and the re-development of the adjacent former Labatt's industrial property into mixed-use health, retail, commercial and residential space to serve hospital employees and patients alike. Your council is also no doubt aware of planning activity well underway by Fraser Health and the Province for a twophase expansion at the site to address growing demand at this important health care facility.
Office of the Mayor Corporation of the City of New Westminster 5ii Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC . Canada V3L iH9 T (604) 527 4522
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Raising this motion at this time is not only counter-productive, it causes unnecessary anxiety in our community and amongst hospital staff. Be assured, New Westminster
City Council and citizens will vigorously oppose any notion to relocate Royal Columbian Hospital. Our council would be pleased, however, to meet with you and your council colleagues to provide input and discuss ideas on how to make the best use of the
Riverview lands in a way that works for everyone.
^ Wayne Wright MAYOR
Copy: Honourable Christy dark, Premier of BC Honourable Michael de Jong, Minister of Health Dawn Black, MLA (New Westminster) Diane Thorne, MLA (Coquitlam-Maillardville) Doug Home, MLA (Coquitlam-Burke Mountain) lain Black, MLA (Port Moody-Coquitlam) Mike Farnworth, MLA (Port Coquitlam) Dr. Nigel Murray, President & CEO, Fraser Health David Mitchell, Chair, Fraser Health