Burnaby Hospital getting more than $1.3B expansion from B.C. government

Henrietta Strickland
September 4, 2019

That issue of travelling is something that the Premier (John Horgan) has talked about addressing greater access. The last big upgrade to take place at the Burnaby Hospital was over 40 years ago. More than 100 hospital beds will be added, making the total 397. "We look forward to having a facility that's a closer match to the quality of people and the quality of work that happens here every day".

In 2012, a damning report by a committee put together by the Fraser Health Authority cited overcrowding, underfunding and serious problems around the hospital's aging electrical and plumbing infrastructure.

The new facility will be built and the existing facility will be demolished in phases.

The redevelopment will also upgrade the support facilities building on campus, creating a larger emergency department, increasing the number of treatment bays from 47 to 62, and adding a new medical device reprocessing unit.

The two new patient-care towers will offer new wards and operating rooms, a total of nearly 400 beds - the majority in single rooms - and a new cancer treatment centre.

The redevelopment begins with a new six-storey, 11,858-square-foot, 78-bed tower that will include an upgraded mental health and substance use inpatient unit and a new maternity ward.

This tower is expected to open in 2023 with construction beginning in 2021.

The second patient-care tower will have 160 new beds and a state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre.

Horgan and the NDP's 2017 campaign promises included replacing Burnaby Hospital.

Health Minister Adrian Dix reaffirmed that the current investment is still a significant one that will have a major benefit to the community and Metro Vancouver region.

Burnaby is the third largest municipality in B.C. with over a quarter million residents.

More help is on the way for pregnant moms from smaller B.C. communities who are forced to travel long distances to deliver their babies. Each year, it sees 200,000 patients, performs 10,000 surgeries and welcomes 1,500 newborns.

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