SURREY, B.C.—Surrey has moved closer to building a new hospital and cancer centre now that a request for qualifications (RFQ) has been issued for the project.
“This is the first stage of the procurement process and invites teams to express their interest and qualifications for designing and building the hospital, which will help meet the public health care demands of the fast-growing community,” said Adrian Dix, minister of health, in a press release.
Through the RFQ process, Fraser Health will create a shortlist of up to three qualified proponents who will be asked to participate in the next step of the competitive selection process, the request for proposal stage. That determines which proponent will be chosen to lead the design and construction.
The RFQ process is expected to be completed early next year with the RFP process following not long after. Construction is expected to start in 2023 with the facility being ready for patients in 2027.
“We are excited to take this next step forward in the development of a new hospital for Surrey, and, in partnership with BC Cancer, the addition of a fourth cancer centre to our region,” said Dr. Victoria Lee, Fraser Health president and chief executive officer. “The new Surrey hospital and cancer centre will be a fully digital community hospital within Fraser Health’s integrated regional smart system of care and, by providing a virtual first, responsive environment at the new hospital, we can better support patient-centred care while increasing access for patients and their families, closer to home.”
The province is looking to use enhanced procurement and contract terms on the project to increase training and employment opportunities for underrepresented groups like Indigenous people, those with disabilities and women.
The hospital is expected to have 168 in-patient beds, a surgical/perioperative suite with five operating rooms, four procedure rooms, an emergency department with 55 treatment spaces and virtual care options in all clinical service areas. The facility will also have a medical imaging department, including three CT scanners and two MRI machines, a pharmacy, laboratory and academic space.
Additionally, there will be a dedicated area for spiritual care and family gatherings that support cultural diversity and spiritual practices.
The new integrated cancer centre will include an oncology/ambulatory care unit with 50 exam rooms, 54 chemotherapy treatment spaces and room for six linear accelerators for radiation therapy to provide care and support for people diagnosed with cancer.
“By 2030, we expect that almost 40,000 British Columbians will be diagnosed with cancer every year, with one of the largest increases in the Fraser Health region,” said Dr. David Byres, president and chief executive officer of the Provincial Health Services Authority. “Through our partnership with Fraser Health, we’re building our provincial capacity, ensuring British Columbians continue to experience some of the best cancer outcomes in Canada. BC Cancer provides an invaluable service improving these outcomes and providing the support patients and their families need.”
The project also includes a child care centre and approximately 730 parking spots, 375 surface spaces and 355 underground.
The total project cost is estimated at $1.66 billion and is currently funded by the province. Fraser Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority are working with the Surrey Hospitals Foundation and BC Cancer Foundation to explore potential funding opportunities.