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
- Kidney care
- Heart and lung 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