Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre

A state-of-the-art mental health treatment facility

Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre

The Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre (JRSFHC) will be a new, eight-storey mental health and addictions facility located on the Vancouver General Hospital site. It will help provide the best care by:

  • Providing a safe, healthy healing environment for clients and the staff who support them in their journey of recovery.
  • Consolidating inpatient and outpatient services in one facility to provide clients a seamless continuum of care, and help them resume life in the community, safely and successfully.
  • Replacing outdated facilities such as the former VGH Willow Chest Centre (circa 1948) and Health Centre (circa 1943).
  • Providing space to support the long-term needs for mental health services.
  • Providing space for academic and other clinical functions to further best practices in care.

The total capital cost is estimated at $82 million. Thanks to $57 million in funding from the provincial government, a lead gift of $12 million from philanthropists Joseph and Rosalie Segal, and a commitment by VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation to raise an additional $13 million, the Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre will open the doors to a new era of mental health care.

As of July 2014, the Foundation is within $2 million of reaching its fundrasiing goal for this important project.

Key features

  • Innovative design based on best practice, safety and patient-centred care
  • A welcoming and bright building entry, with lots of natural light in common areas to create cheerful, healing spaces
  • 100 private patient rooms, each with its own bathroom
  • Dedicated, comfortable family and visitor space
  • Access to outdoor space on each unit, rooftop gardens, and a new public park
  • Exercise facilities
  • Quiet places on each floor for reading and meditating

Project updates

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  • March 2013 – Project approved to proceed
  • April 2013 – Request for Qualification released: Teams were invited to indicate their interest and qualifications to design and complete the building.
  • June 2013 – Request for Qualification closed
  • August 2013 – Request for Qualification to be awarded: A short-list of teams will be invited to respond to the Request for Proposal that will be released in the fall.
  • 2013/2014 – Request for Proposal process: A RFP will be released to invite the short-list of teams to submit a business proposal. A successful team will be chosen to design and complete the building.
  • June/July 2014 - Demolition begins on Willow Chest, making way for site preparation and new construction.
  • July 2014 - Partners announce contract to design and build awarded to Ellis Don Corporation in partnership with Parkin Architects.
  • 2014 – Construction is expected to begin
  • 2017 – Facility is expected to open


Westley Davidson, NZIQS, CIQS, LEED AP 
Manager, Capital Projects
Lower Mainland - Facilities Management

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
604.875.4676 or 1.877.875.4676