The Province is investing billions of dollars in new hospitals, upgrades, equipment and renovations.
About $12 billion has been spent by the health-sector on capital projects in British Columbia since 2001. By the end of the next three years (March 31, 2020), a further $2.7 billion is expected to have been invested by the health sector on capital projects in British Columbia.
A major capital project is a large undertaking that takes a series of planning steps to ensure the facility is appropriately designed to meet forecast demand for services; is tendered and constructed for the best value; and is scheduled properly to ensure the continuity of health care at the existing hospital is maintained during the construction period.
The first step is concept planning, which provides an opportunity to ensure the work will meet the needs of the community and future demands. Once the concept plan is approved by government, the next step is business planning, which is a further analysis of health-service needs and more detailed information on scope, procurement plan, budget and funding. Upon approval, the project proceeds to procurement and then construction.
A number of projects are scheduled to be completed or begin construction in 2017, including:
- The Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre, a dedicated 10-bed hospital unit for youth with mental-health and substance-use challenges opened in March 2017 at the HOpe Centre at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver.
- The Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre at the Vancouver General Hospital is expected to open to patients in summer 2017, providing 100 private inpatient rooms and outpatient services for those living with mental illness and substance-use challenges.
- The opening of the Teck Acute Care Centre in fall 2017 will enhance care at BC Children’s and Women’s hospitals and include 231 private patient rooms.
- The North Island Hospitals Project will see the opening of the new 95-bed Campbell River and 153-bed Comox Valley hospitals in the fall of 2017.
- The preferred proponent selected to design and build the new Centre for Mental Health and Addictions was announced in March 2017, with construction expected to start in fall 2017. The 105-bed facility will be located on the Riverview lands in Coquitlam, replacing the current Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions.
- The new 10-bed Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital is expected to open in spring 2017. It will provide short-stay assessment and crisis stabilization for children and youth aged six to 17 years in acute psychiatric crisis who require urgent hospital intervention.
- Construction has begun on the first phase of redevelopment at Royal Columbian Hospital. It will include a 75-bed mental-health and substance-use facility, which will replace the aging 30-bed Sherbrooke Centre, and have a dedicated geriatric psychiatry unit and twelve outpatient clinics. This phase also includes a 450-stall parkade and a new energy centre.
The following capital projects have also been announced to move forward in 2017-18:
- Royal Columbian Hospital (New Westminster) – Business plan has been approved for Phases 2 and 3, which includes a new acute-care tower, a larger emergency department, and upgrades to existing spaces.
- Vancouver General Hospital – Business plan has been approved to expand the operating room suite in the Jim Pattison Pavilion to include 16 new state-of-the-art operating rooms and a new 40-bed pre- and post-operative care unit.
- Royal Inland Hospital (Kamloops) – Business plan has been approved for the construction on a new nine-storey patient care tower. It will include 11 new operating rooms and 107 inpatient beds. The project also includes renovations to the existing facility, including a significant expansion to the existing emergency department, doubling the current space.
- Langley Memorial Hospital - Business plan has been approved for expansion of the hospital’s emergency department, increasing the number of treatment spaces in the emergency department to 49 from 31.
- Eagle Ridge Hospital (Port Moody) – Business plan has been approved for the expansion of the emergency department, more than doubling the number of treatment spaces from 19 to 39.
- Peace Arch Hospital (White Rock) – Business plan has been approved for an expanded emergency department and surgical suite.
- Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (Trail) – Business plan has been approved for a new emergency department project. This follows recently concluded improvements worth $1.77 million to the hospital’s intensive care unit.
- Burnaby Hospital – Concept plan has been approved for the renewal of key facilities. In addition, business plan has been approved to proceed with a project to improve mental-health and substance-use services in the current emergency department in the short term, and consolidate community health services at the site.
- Lions Gate Hospital - (North Vancouver) – Concept plan has been approved for an acute care facility. Details will be finalized over the next 18 months during the business planning phase. Business plan approval was also provided to replace the hospital’s 1961 power plant on the Lions Gate Hospital site.
- University Hospital of Northern BC (Prince George) – Immediate improvements have been approved to expand inpatient bed capacity and upgrade the electrical system. In addition, government has approved Northern Health to proceed with development of a concept plan that will explore improvements to perioperative, mental health and cardiac care.
- Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre – The Province has approved $15-million to expand the emergency department and add a dedicated area for mental-health and substance-use care.
- Richmond Hospital – The provincial government is supporting planning for a new patient-care tower. Up to $3 million will be allocated to support the development of a business plan, once the concept plan is approved.
- Mills Memorial Hospital (Terrace) – With Budget 2017, the Province is supporting a new facility for the community. Northern Health provided an updated concept plan to the Ministry of Health in February 2017.
- Cariboo Memorial Hospital and Health Centre (Williams Lake) – With Budget 2017, the provincial government is supporting planning for work at the facility. The Ministry of Health is currently reviewing the concept plan provided by Interior Health.
- G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital (Quesnel) – With Budget 2017, the provincial government is supporting plans for proposed redevelopment, and recognizing the history and archaeological significance of the site, the Province is committing to consult and work with First Nations in the area as a next step.