Acute Care Short-term treatment for a severe injury, illness, urgent medical condition, or during recovery from surgery.
Critical Care Specialized treatment for people with life-threatenting injuries or illnesses.
Primary Care First point of contact care in the health care system usually a clinic or family doctor.
Community Care Services that help people to receive care at home instead of a hospital or long-term care facility.
Academic Health Sciences Centre A partnership between one or more universities and health care providers focussing on research, clinical services, education and training.
Integrated Care A global trend in health care aimed at reducing fragmentation of services and enabling better more coordinated and continuous care.

the new St. Pauls

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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.

Establishing a new St. Paul’s Hospital and integrated health campus will be a catalyst to help realize the Ministry’s vision by driving innovation and shifting the way health care services are delivered across the province in the future. 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 integrated 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 ensure that the right level and quality of care is offered to each person at the right time.

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, both on the new campus and in the broader community, in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health and other providers. Research and teaching will be integrated throughout the campus, enabling world-class care providers and researchers to work side-by-side, rapidly bringing medical breakthroughs to our patients at the bedside and in the community.

By integrating programs and services, the new St. Paul’s will enable smoother transitions for patients at home, in the community, in the new hospital or elsewhere on the new campus, allowing them to receive the right care at the right time and in the right place. 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 patient populations: those with HIV/AIDS, those suffering from mental health, substance use and other complex urban health issues, the elderly and people with chronic illnesses due to aging and end-of-life issues and critically ill British Columbians with heart, lung and kidney conditions.

Potential features of the new St. Paul’s

All of St. Paul’s existing health programs and services will move to the Station Street site:

  • Services for medically complex and frail seniors
  • Surgical services
  • Maternity care
  • Emergency care
  • Critical care
  • Renal care, cardiac and respiratory services
  • Mental health and substance use
  • Family and community medicine
  • HIV/AIDS services

Features of the new St. Paul’s include:

  • Single-patient rooms to minimize infections, maximize privacy and accommodate a family member or support person
  • New technologies and state-of-the-art spaces, including digital way finding, automated patient check-ins and online patient scheduling
  • Integrated care, research and teaching

 

The Best Care for BC

  • Healthier patients
  • A seamless patient experience
  • More integration to fill gaps in care
  • Continuous learning
  • Meeting future needs
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Attracting the best people
  • Strategic alignment and integrated planning

The new integrated care models, programs and facilities at the new St. Paul’s will lead to better health outcomes for patients.

The new St. Paul’s will make the patient’s journey seamless — whether for hospital care or for primary and community care — providing quicker access to services and drastically reduced wait times, and eliminating waste and duplication. This will also result in better patient experiences and improved satisfaction.

Access to a wider diversity of integrated care programs and services, and better coordination between care providers and clinics will result in earlier detection, intervention and treatment of illnesses and help prevent avoidable hospitalizations. The new models of care that will be created at the new St. Paul’s will substantially impact positively on the health and wellness of the populations St. Paul’s serves.

Care providers and world-renowned researchers will work side-by-side to rapidly transfer knowledge into meaningful advancements in care. The academic health sciences organization on the health campus will bring research breakthroughs to patients faster, enabling British Columbians to be first in line to receive the latest in treatments, therapies and care practices.

The new St. Paul’s will be designed to help meet the Vancouver health region’s care needs for 2030 and the decades beyond.

The new St. Paul’s will feature the latest advances in technology and its facilities will meet or exceed infection control standards, keeping patients safe. For example, there will be single-patient rooms to minimize infections and maximize privacy.

The new St. Paul’s will enable Providence to continue to recruit and retain the best and brightest care providers and researchers in the world who will provide patients from across the province with the best patient-centred care. It will also provide nurses, doctors, researchers, volunteers and other health care staff with safe, world-class facilities in which to provide excellent care.

The St. Paul’s redevelopment vision is also aligned with the key priorities of the BC Ministry of Health and Providence Health Care’s other health authority partners, such as Vancouver Coastal Health, to address chronic disease management, mental health and substance use and seniors care.

Location

Station Street: The ideal site for a new integrated health campus

Size

The successful implementation of the new St. Paul’s redevelopment requires an entirely new build on land that can adequately accommodate the new buildings and best serve the needs of patients from throughout the province. For this reason, the 18.4-acre Station Street site in the heart of Vancouver has been identified as the ideal location.

This parcel of land — about the size of roughly 15 football fields — is one of the largest undeveloped sites in Vancouver. See where the new St. Paul’s will be located on the map below.

Distance

The Station Street site is a relatively short distance from the current St. Paul’s location on Burrard Street — about 3 km away.

“St. Paul’s will be a catalyst for helping realize the ministry’s new vision for providing innovative patient-centred acute, primary, ambulatory and community care in one place, especially for the most-vulnerable patient populations … It will be a world-class hub that the people of Vancouver and all British Columbians will be proud of for years to come.”

— Hon. Dr. Terry Lake, Minister of Health

Accessibility

The site for the new St. Paul’s is located along Station Street, between National Avenue and Prior Street and behind the Pacific Central Station. Situated in Vancouver, it is centrally located to serve patients in communities in Vancouver and across B.C.

The site is at the nexus of major transportation arteries (provincial and regional highways and arterial city roads), close to key public transit connections such as SkyTrain and several bus routes, and adjacent to the Pacific Central Station, which connects to many train and inter-city and cross-border bus routes.

Close to Areas with Increasing Patient Needs

The Station Street site is close to the Downtown Eastside, a neighbourhood from where a growing number of patients are presenting to St. Paul’s Hospital, including its emergency department.

Potential for Future Expansion

The large size of the 18.4-acre Station Street site presents the opportunity to expand the programs, services and facilities on the new St. Paul’s health campus as future health care needs evolve.

Neighbourhood Transformation

The new St. Paul’s will be located in a neighbourhood — False Creek Flats — that has a robust City of Vancouver plan for future development and transformation, including improved transportation access and vehicle traffic by eliminating the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts.

St. Paul’s in the context of land use planning for the False Creek Flats

High-quality, accessible and inclusive health, social and community services are an important part of a healthy city for all. How can the relocation of St. Paul’s Hospital to the False Creek Flats foster a state-of-the-art hub of innovative health services and an integrated neighbourhood approach to the development of the hospital facilities and their operations? The new hospital can be a place for people to connect and collaborate with local organizations, service providers, social entrepreneurs and other groups to bring greater social connections to the area and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

— City of Vancouver profile on False Creek Flats

St. Paul’s History & Background

Providence Health Care — A tradition of compassion for over 120 years

Our story of innovation began more than a century ago when the Sisters of Providence arrived in Vancouver. Drawn to Vancouver by stories of suffering in the burgeoning coastal city, the Sisters listened to the community and made a plan to meet the needs expressed by the people. In 1894, they founded St. Paul’s Hospital, a 25-bed “cottage” on the path to English Bay and the first hospital to provide medical care to the 14,000 people living in the growing town of Vancouver.

Today, Providence Health Care is one of Canada’s largest faith-based health care organizations, operating 17 health care facilities in the Lower Mainland, including St. Paul’s Hospital. Providence specializes in delivering hospital, residential and outpatient services to serve six key areas: heart & lung risks and illness, specialized needs in aging, kidney risks and illness, HIV/AIDS, mental health and substance use and urban health.

St. Paul’s Hospital — A global leader in treating the most complex health care needs

Six decades after it was founded, St. Paul’s performed its first open heart surgery, and in 1975, performed the first mammogram in western Canada. In the 1980s, when fear of HIV/AIDS was rampant, St. Paul’s was the first, and some say the only, hospital to open its doors to a rejected and desperately ill group of people.

St. Paul’s became home to the provincial heart centre in 1994 — the provincial referral centre for B.C.’s most complex cardiac cases. It is the only hospital to perform adult heart transplants and is a recognized leader in cardiac obstetrics, heart rhythm services and heart valve procedures.

In 2007, Providence introduced the Heart + Lung Institute, which merges and integrates heart and lung research, education and care programs under one umbrella at St. Paul’s. In 2014, the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (located at St. Paul’s) was credited for the Treatment as Prevention strategy that now serves as the cornerstone of the United Nation’s plan to end HIV/AIDS globally. Together with HIV/AIDS treatment protocols also pioneered by the Centre for Excellence, Treatment as Prevention accounts for a 95% decrease in AIDS-related deaths in the province.

Today, St. Paul’s continues its more than 120-year tradition of providing compassionate care to people who need it most, focusing on the urgent and complex health needs of the community. Our commitment to patient- and family-centred care focuses on new knowledge and technology to support our patients.

St. Paul’s Hospital — An essential provincial resource

St. Paul’s serves both the local (Vancouver/Lower Mainland) and provincial population, providing non-specialized services primarily to the local population and specialized services to the entire province.

As one of two adult academic health sciences organizations in the province with affiliations with UBC and other B.C. post-secondary institutes, St. Paul’s is a renowned acute care hospital with a strong research and teaching focus, recognized provincially, nationally and internationally for its work.

St. Paul’s Hospital Fast Facts:

  • Over 83,000 emergency department visits per year
  • Approximately 1,600 babies born per year
  • Approximately 130 kidney transplants performed per year
  • 910 open heart surgeries performed per year
  • 16 heart transplants performed per year; St. Paul’s is the only facility in B.C. to perform adult heart transplants

Where do St. Paul’s Hospital patients come from?

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Through its emphasis on the integration of evidence-based research, care and teaching, today St. Paul’s leads advancements in health care that not only improve the lives of people in B.C., but also set the standard for best practices around the world.

Projected Needs

The future needs of British Columbians for health care services will drive our planning process. The Lower Mainland, home to more than 60% of the province’s residents in 2013, is expected to see the highest population growth amongst all other areas of the province. (1) More than one million people are anticipated to move to Metro Vancouver by 2041, 139,000 of whom will settle in the city of Vancouver. (2)

B.C.’s population is also aging, with the fastest growing seniors’ population in Canada.  Currently, 16.9% of our total population is 65 or older — a number that is expected to double within the next 25 years. With an aging demographic, the prevalence of chronic illnesses is on the rise. (3)

As our population grows — in size, age and complexity of health care needs — the health care system needs to be ready. Investing in a new St. Paul’s state-of-the-art acute care hospital and integrated health campus will significantly contribute towards keeping British Columbians healthy in the future.

As part of our redevelopment planning process, we’ll be refining our understanding of the future health care needs for the populations St. Paul’s will continue to serve, and will develop programs and services to meet those needs accordingly. More information about our planning process.

References

(1) Source: Ministry of Health Primary & Community Care Policy Paper 2015

(2) Source: Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy

(3) Source: Ministry of Health Service Plan 2014/152016/17 (Feb 2014)

Next Partners

the new St. Paul’s

Providence Health Care is working closely with physicians, researchers and other staff and care providers across Providence, community and patient groups throughout the province, as well as the BC Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Provincial Health Services Authority, Fraser Health, St. Paul’s Foundation and the City of Vancouver on planning for the new St. Paul’s.

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