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

Design

Hospital Design

The new St. Paul’s Hospital and Health Campus Project is not just about replacing the Burrard Street facility with a larger, newer building. Rather, it will be a catalyst for change and health care transformation.

We’re leveraging this opportunity to build an innovative and integrated hospital and health campus from the ground up – rethinking processes, systems, and physical layouts to provide a seamless patient experience and better health outcomes.

Features of the new hospital include:

  • Access to a wider diversity of integrated care programs and services
  • Better coordination between care providers and clinics
  • Quicker access to services
  • Single inpatient rooms with space for family and support persons to stay overnight
  • New technologies including digital way-finding to allow easy navigation around the campus
  • Seniors-friendly campus layout
  • Areas for wellness, rejuvenation, and spiritual support (Spiritual Garden, therapeutic gardens, Chapel)
  • An All Nations Sacred Space and Medicine Garden
  • Public art throughout the hospital and campus
  • Indigenous artwork, working with a consultant and the sovereign Host Nations for appropriate representation

Currently, we are testing and fine tuning hospital designs so the hospital meets the needs of our patients and staff. Watch the latest design update:

Technology

At the forefront of health care technology, the new St. Paul’s Hospital and health campus will be the most digitally advanced in western Canada.

The hospital will feature technology that focuses on treatment through teamwork with patients and their families, as well as advanced technologies like immunotherapy, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

We’re leveraging technology to help improve patient experiences in and outside the hospital. Patient rooms will feature integrated technology to help patients and their families stay informed about their care plan and have more control of the room environment. We’re also exploring ways technology can help patients take their experience into their own hands to check referrals, manage appointments, check-in at the hospital, and access digital maps to help them navigate through the campus without getting lost.

To improve a patient’s journey from the moment they arrive to when they are discharged, we will be implementing a clinical operations centre to serve as St. Paul Hospital’s version of an air traffic control tower. This innovative data analytics platform with real-time information and predictive analytics will improve coordination across the hospital and help us make proactive operational and clinical decisions.

Next to and connected to the hospital will be a new state-of-the-art research, technology, and medical complex, known for now as the Clinical Support and Research Centre (CSRC). It’s a place where our researchers and medical staff will advance medical breakthroughs in our areas of expertise and in emerging areas like bioengineering, nanotechnology, augmented and virtual reality, and medical device prototyping. Discover the opportunities at our new health innovation hub on campus.  

Sustainability & Resilience

St. Paul’s Hospital has a long and storied tradition of compassionate care for over 127 years, and we’re building the new hospital to enable us to continue serving BC for the next 100 years to come.

The new St. Paul’s hospital will be LEED Gold Certified, achieving a worldwide green building standard that focuses on sustainable design and reducing environmental impacts.

The person-centered design of the hospital also integrates more spaces for holistic health and wellness, with green spaces that both reduce our environmental impact and improve the health and wellness of patients, visitors, and staff.

Use the arrows to move forward and the red buttons to learn more about sustainable design. For full screen, click on the three dots and the arrow button.

The hospital will also be climate resilient, able to withstand rising temperatures, extreme weather, earthquakes, and flooding. As a post-disaster facility, the hospital will be able to operate self-sufficiently during and after a potential event, with emergency power and fuel supplies that can support the entire hospital for 72 hours.

Use the arrows to move forward and the red buttons to learn about resiliency at the new hospital. For full screen, click on the three dots and the arrow button.

Pandemic Ready

Long before COVID-19, we were already designing our new hospital and health campus to be ready for the next Ebola or SARS.

The new hospital is designed to help contain outbreaks and reduce everyone’s chance of exposure to infectious diseases. For example, 100% of inpatient rooms will be single-patient/single occupancy, versus just 15% today, with private washrooms and a handwashing sink for staff and family. Over 75 inpatient rooms will also be special isolation rooms with ventilation systems that allow a room’s airflow to be completely isolated to prevent airborne germs from escaping into staff, public, or other patient areas.

Spaces in the hospital are designed for flexibility and adaptability, so we can respond quickly in a crisis. Medical and surgical inpatient rooms will be large enough to double as intensive care rooms. Medical gases, such as oxygen, will be piped into more exam and procedure rooms so they can also be used for inpatient care and ventilated patients.

To learn more about our design strategies to limit exposure, like our 15 Outbreak Control Zones, check out our fact sheet on how the new St. Paul’s Hospital will be pandemic ready.