On January 17, during its annual North Shore Health Care Awards event, 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 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.
The new acute care building will be located on the site of the hospital's former Activation Building. The six-storey tower will have 108 beds – all in individual rooms, and eight new operating rooms and a medical-device reprocessing department. It will comply with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standards, and feature natural light and artistic elements to create an environment conducive to healing and recovery.
“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."
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LGH is an important hub in the VCH Coastal Community of Care, serving not only North Shore residents but also residents of the Sea-to-Sky corridor, the Sunshine Coast, Powell River, and Bella Bella and Bella Coola on the Central Coast. Incorporating telehealth and virtual-health technology and equipment in the new building means patients living in rural and remote communities can access care in a timely manner without having to travel, and health care colleagues can quickly consult with one another.
The estimated cost of the new acute care building is $166 million. Government, through Vancouver Coastal Health, is providing the remaining funds for the project.
A separate $26-million project to replace the hospital's power plant is underway. Once completed in 2020, work on the new acute care tower will begin with completion slated for 2023.