Building for the future
Building the new acute care facility at Lions Gate Hospital is about transforming the future of care.
The new acute care facility will replace aging infrastructure and incorporate innovations that will enable us to deliver the highest quality care possible. It will be a healing environment with more access to daylight, views of nature, quiet spaces and single-patient rooms.
The patient-centred design will improve the experiences of our patients and their families.
The design will also recognize the benefits of a better working environment for the health and well-being of our physicians, nurses and staff. It will have larger clinical spaces to better accommodate care teams, departments and program areas will be designed to maximize efficiency and flexible spaces will help us meet the future needs of a growing and aging population.
Incorporating advanced technology and equipment means we'll also be able to care for patients beyond the number of beds and walls of the new building. It will serve the entire North Shore, but also act as the hub for services that will reach out across the Sea-to-Sky corridor, the surrounding First Nations communities, out to the Sunshine Coast, up to Powell River and to the communities of Bella Bella and Bella Coola on the Central Coast.
On January 17, the Lions Gate Hospital (LGH) Foundation announced that it had not only reached, but exceeded its goal to raise $100 million for the new acute care facility. This was the largest campaign ever taken on by the LGH Foundation and $100,337,740 was raised in less than two years. Since the project to replace the existing nearly 60-year-old acute care facility was launched in February 2017, more than 6,418 donors have supported the initiative with gifts ranging from $25 to $25 million.
“I would like to thank the outstanding generosity of our LGH Foundation donors for this project and the many others that support our vision to transform the future of care," said Karin Olson, chief operating officer, VCH Coastal Community of Care. “The new, patient-centred acute care facility will feature innovations and technology that will allow us to care for patients beyond the number of beds and walls of the building."
The power plant, originally built in 1961, on the LGH Campus must be replaced before construction on the new acute care facility begins. The new power plant will be located underground and is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2019.
The new power plant will contain all new equipment for the steam and hot water generation, along with all the major mechanical, electrical, medical gas, water and other systems for the LGH campus. This new, replacement facility is vital to the ongoing functioning of the campus and essential to providing safe, uninterrupted patient care.
This project has received generous support from Lions Gate Hospital Foundation donors. The new acute care facility will be named after North Shore businessman and philanthropist Paul Myers, who donated $25 million to the Foundation's $100-million campaign.