Project Vision & Overview
Your health is the catalyst for the new St. Paul’s
The BC Ministry of Health has a new vision for delivering the best care to British Columbians, which places the patient at the centre and calls for the delivery of co-ordinated health care services where and when people need them most. The vision puts as much emphasis on helping people to stay healthy, address episodes of minor acute illness and better manage their chronic illnesses, as on providing high-quality critical and acute care services when they are very sick, supported by technological innovation.
The new St. Paul’s will be a catalyst to realize the Ministry of Health’s vision for a new model of health care in B.C. that puts patients at the centre, integrates services across the continuum of care and shifts non-acute care from hospitals, bringing it closer to people in their communities. The redevelopment will draw on the hospital’s lengthy history of delivering integrated, seamless, patient-centred compassionate care to all B.C. residents.
The right care by the right provider, in the right place at the right time
The vision for the new hospital and health campus — to be located in Vancouver’s False Creek Flats area on Station Street, three kilometres from the current hospital site on Burrard Street — is to lead in the delivery of B.C.’s new model for health care by providing our patients with the highest quality, integrated, innovative and patient-centred care, where and when they need it most.
The new hospital and health campus will offer an integrated care model by blending hospital-based services with a number of primary care and community health services and support programs, both on the new campus and in the broader community, in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health and other providers. Research and teaching will be highly integrated throughout the campus, enabling our world-class care providers and researchers to work side-by-side to bring medical breakthroughs to our patients at the bedside and in the community faster than ever before.
By combining critical, emergency, surgical and acute hospital-based care with community and primary care, the new St. Paul’s will enable smoother transitions for patients at home, in the community or in the hospital — wherever their needs are best met. This integrated model will help healthy people stay healthy, while providing high-quality critical care when they are very sick. It will also result in reduced wait times, better quality care, better health outcomes, a better experience for our patients and their families and improved value for health-care dollars.
The new St. Paul’s Hospital will remain an adult academic health sciences organization — a globally renowned care, research and teaching hospital that ensures excellence in acute, emergency and critical care and serves patients from throughout the province. It will have a patient- and family-centred philosophy of care and focus on helping the most vulnerable people in our communities: those with HIV/AIDS, those suffering from mental health, substance use and other complex urban health issues, the elderly and people with chronic illness, and critically ill British Columbians with heart, lung and kidney conditions.
Potential features of the new St. Paul’s
The new St. Paul’s and health campus will continue its 125-year tradition of helping the most vulnerable people in our communities: those with HIV/AIDS, those suffering from mental health, substance use and other complex urban health issues, the elderly and people with chronic illness, and critically ill British Columbians with heart, lung and kidney conditions.
It will have 548 beds; which includes a net new 115 beds. The site will be home of several leading provincial programs and referral centres, including for heart and lung care, renal, eating disorders, and specialty surgeries and transplants.
It will offer a diverse and long list of general and specialized care, including: chronic disease management services; emergency and critical care; mental health and addictions’ beds and programs; ambulatory services and outpatient clinics; end-of-life care; Indigenous health; maternity; colorectal and gastrointestinal services; and community care and community outreach programs.
Designing the new hospital and health campus around improved patient experience and provider wellness our patients and providers will benefit from spaces that not only flow but are well laid out and incorporate healing design.
Elements that will improve experiences and optimize wellness include:
- Access to natural light & views
- Single patient rooms with space for family and support persons to stay overnight. Minimize infections and maximize privacy
- Seniors-friendly campus layout
- New technologies and state-of-the-art spaces, including digital way-finding to allow easy navigation around the campus, automated patient check-ins and online patient scheduling
- Outdoor and other spaces for wellness & rejuvenation
- Sacred spaces (All Nations Sacred Space, meditation spaces, chapel)
- Public art. Incorporating Indigenous perspectives into campus design.