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Work starts on Burnaby hospital redevelopment

Work starts on Burnaby hospital redevelopment
PROVINCE OF B.C. — A rendering shows plans to redevelop Burnaby Hospital. Work began on the project this month.

BURNABY, B.C. — Crews have begun work on a major redevelopment of Burnaby Hospital.

The project is expected to cost more than $1.3 billion, making it among the province’s largest health care investments ever. It will add two new patient-care towers with new units and operating rooms, resulting in 399 beds on the campus, a bigger emergency department and a new cancer treatment centre. The last major upgrade to the Burnaby Hospital was more than 40 years ago.

“Upgrading the Burnaby Hospital will make a real difference for the people of Burnaby,” said Adrian Dix, minister of health, in a statement. “Our government is following through on its commitment to redevelop the hospital to meet the public health care needs of people in the community as construction begins on an updated facility.”

The redevelopment will start by adding a new six-storey Keith and Betty Beedie Pavilion with 83 beds in primarily single-patient rooms with a private bathroom. The pavilion will include a maternity unit, a neonatal intensive care unit and a medical in-patient unit with negative pressure rooms and outbreak zones to isolate infectious diseases.

The pavilion will also add a mental-health and substance-use in-patient unit with a secured outdoor patio. Within this unit is a five-bed crisis stabilization unit that will provide short-term in-patient care, assessment and treatment for patients in crisis, at risk or in severe distress.

The modernization also includes a new Jim Pattison Surgery Centre and renovations to the existing support facilities building. This includes a bigger emergency department with an increase of treatment bays from 72 to 82, six new state-of-the-art operating rooms, additional pre-operative and post-operative recovery spaces, a new medical device reprocessing department and improvements to a number of other departments.

The six-storey pavilion, the new surgery centre and renovations to existing buildings are scheduled to be wrapped up in 2026. The second patient-care tower is expected to have 160 new beds and a state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre.

Burnaby Hospital opened in 1952 and provides a range of acute care services including emergency care, critical care, surgery, maternity, neonatal intensive care, palliative and adult mental-health and substance-use services.

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