Vancouver General Hospital Operating Room Renewal

Interior shot of a new Intensive Care Unit operating room

The VGH OR Renewal – Phase 2 business plan was announced in May 2022. Phase 2 will include 15 new operating rooms and 38 new perioperative patient bays, transforming the second floor of the Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Surgical Centre.

In May 2021, Phase 1 of the VGH OR Renewal Project was completed and the Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Surgical Centre at VGH opened with 16 new state-of-the-art operating rooms and a 40-bay pre-operative and post recovery area.

VCH OR Renewal - Virtual Tour

Take a tour of the Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Surgical Centre – Phase 1

Patient benefits

The expansion at VGH is expected to increase the number of surgeries performed from the current 14,000 per year to more than 18,000 per year -- an increase of 4,000 surgeries annually. Patients will benefit in many ways:

  • Reduced wait times for surgeries
  • Reduced surgery postponements and cancellations, ensuring patients have their procedures in a timely way and as planned
  • Enhanced safety and quality of care
  • Improved continuity of care from pre-op to post-op recovery
  • Optimized surgical outcomes and reduced recovery times

Phase 2

The 15 new leading-edge operating rooms will be equipped with the latest life-saving medical technology. A larger, universal design will enable surgical teams to perform any surgery in any room, maximizing efficiency. They will also continue to meet the enhanced infection controls that have been put in place in response to the pandemic.

The new 38-bed consolidated pre- and post-operative unit will support the new ORs by providing more space for patients, care teams and necessary equipment, and will improve the continuity of patient care.

The project is expected to be complete by 2028. The cost of this phase is approximately $332.18 million and will be shared between the provincial government and VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

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