While the new acute care facility shares a location with the first large-scale hospital ever on the North Shore, the comparisons stop there.
The original North Vancouver General Hospital – the hospital that stood in the footprint of the new acute care facility at LGH – was considered a big leap forward in care when it opened 90 years ago on May 29, 1929. But the team behind the new LGH campus facility truly are working towards a complete transformation of care with the $170 million expansion scheduled to open in mid-2023.
With a patient-centred design, larger clinical spaces to accommodate care teams and additional operating rooms, the new facility already represents significant improvements for VCH staff and patients not just on the North Shore but across all the communities in the Coastal Community of Care.
But the changes to care this new building will offer aren’t only a result of the 225,000 square feet of new and improved floor space that will make the building the largest on the LGH campus.
The project team, who have been working on the redevelopment for several years now, have been busy gathering ideas and proven innovative practices from acute care facilities across North America, firmly focused on the goal for the new facility to be “The most technologically advanced hospital in Canada.”
With this goal firmly in mind, the team has put substantial planning and consultation into everything from electronic wayfinding and patient call systems to patient-controlled entertainment and environmental systems.
“We’ve taken learnings from some of the top hospitals in North America,” says LGH’s Keith McBain who heads the redevelopment team as well as serves as Coastal’s Executive Director of Long-term Care & Seniors, “and are adapting them to meet the needs of our staff and patients.”
The new approaches will be clear to patients and families from the moment they walk into the new building, with options such as self-serve check-in during busy periods, family-friendly rooms that will have high levels of climate comfort controls and eight, state-of-the-art operating rooms offering intra-operative imaging to give surgeons up-to-the-second visuals as they operate.
These life-changing ideas aren’t always cheap, which is where the enthusiastic support of the LGH Foundation and their Technology Innovation Fund is vital. Looking beyond the Foundation’s record-breaking $100 million campaign for the redevelopment, this new campaign focuses on bringing the innovative care practices being planned to life.