One of the “most complex hospital expansions in BC history,” is set to take place at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) thanks to a $102 million joint project between the BC government, Vancouver Coastal Health, and the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation.
The project includes 16 new state-of-the-art operating rooms at the Jim Pattison Pavilion, a 40-bed hospital unit for care before and after surgery, new communication systems to manage activities for health professionals across two operating floors, upgraded infrastructure and additional storage and new administrative spaces.
“World-class health care is vital to British Columbians,” said Vancouver-Fraserview MLA Suzanne Anton in a statement. “Through this strategic investment, the new VGH operating room suite will bring high-quality surgical care for the thousands of patients who have surgery at Vancouver General Hospital every year.”
The expansion will “enhance our surgical capacity to meet current needs and position us to accommodate growth and technology in the future,” said Dr. Marcel Dvorak, Vancouver Coastal Health associate senior medical director. “Many of our current operating rooms are 30 years old and simply cannot accommodate new technology and equipment.”
The addition of more operating rooms he said, will “ensure our patients from throughout BC get the surgery they need, when they need it, whether it’s emergency or scheduled surgery.”
The number of surgeries performed at VGH will increase from 16,800 per year to more than 19,000 per year as well.
“Our world-leading surgeons deserve world-leading operating rooms,” said Barbara Grantham, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation president and CEO. “The partnership between government and philanthropy enables us to provide just that. We could not be more proud than to support the expansion of surgical services at VGH, for today and future generations.”
The total cost of the project is $102.4 million, with the province pitching in $34.8 million, Vancouver Coastal Health providing $47.6 million, and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation contributing $20 million.
Completion of the project is scheduled for 2021.