Vancouver Coastal Health is embarking on one of the most complex hospital expansions in B.C. history. Sixteen new state-of the-art operating rooms will be built on the third floor of the Jim Pattison Pavilion at Vancouver General Hospital. The $102.4 million project will transform patient care for years to come.
The Province of BC is committing $34.8 million, Vancouver Coastal Health will provide $47.6 million and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation will contribute $20 million to expand and upgrade the VGH OR suite to better meet the needs of British Columbians. Completion is scheduled for 2021.
In addition to 16 new universally sized operating rooms, the project includes:
- 40-bed pre- and post-operative unit
- 1 new elevator
- New equipment and technology, including communication systems to manage activities across two floors
- Upgraded infrastructure, including HVAC, electrical and plumbing
- Additional storage and new administrative spaces to support operations
The expansion is expected to meet current needs and position VCH to accommodate growth and technology in the future. Many of the current operating rooms are 30-years old, and are simply too small to accommodate new technology and equipment.
Photo: Example of upgraded operating room on the left vs. current VGH operating room on the right.
Whether it’s emergency or scheduled surgery, British Columbians deserve and demand world class health care.
The new VGH OR suite will be positioned to deliver more of it. The number of surgeries performed at VGH will increase from 16,800 per year to more than 19,000 per year – an increase of 2,200 surgeries annually. The increased capacity offers more flexibility to accommodate patients who have their surgeries postponed due to emergency cases.
Our world-leading surgeons deserve world-leading operating rooms. The partnership between government and philanthropy enables us to provide just that. We could not be more proud than to support such an important endeavor, for today and future generations. ~ Barbara Grantham, President and CEO of the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation