Full steam ahead for new hospital in Fort St. James (flickr.com)

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Jen Holmwood

Press Secretary
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Office of the Premier
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Backgrounders

Provincial health-care investments

The Province has announced 13 major health capital projects since 2017 to replace outdated facilities and meet the needs of growing communities, including:

  • Fort St. James: Stuart Lake Hospital business plan approval (January 2020)
  • Surrey: new hospital concept plan approval (December 2019)
  • Burnaby: Burnaby Hospital redevelopment (September 2019)
  • Williams Lake: Cariboo Memorial Hospital (July 2019)
  • Quesnel: G.R. Baker ED and ICU (March 2019)
  • Vancouver: St. Paul’s Hospital (February 2019)
  • Trail: Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital pharmacy and ambulatory care (February 2019)
  • Richmond: Richmond Hospital tower (March 2018)
  • Nanaimo: ICU for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (November 2018)
  • North Shore: Lions Gate Hospital (September 2018)
  • Dawson Creek: Dawson Creek and District Hospital (July 2018)
  • Cowichan Valley: new Cowichan District Hospital (July 2018)
  • Terrace: Mills Memorial Hospital (February 2018)

Since 2017, 14 urgent and primary care centres have been announced around B.C., including Surrey, Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon, Quesnel, the Westshore, Victoria, East Vancouver, North Vancouver, Downtown Vancouver, Prince George, Nanaimo, Burnaby and Ridge Meadows.

Primary care networks are improving access to team-based care in communities throughout the province, including Brentwood/Hastings, Edmonds, Metrotown, Port Coquitlam, North Coquitlam, Port Moody/Anmore/Belcarra, New Westminster, Southwest and Southeast, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Richmond West, Richmond City Centre, Richmond East, South Okanagan-Similkameen and Prince George.

The provincial government has made possible tens of thousands more MRI exams by boosting the number of MRI machines, and keeping them running longer, so people can have their diagnoses and access care faster.