The Redevelopment of Royal Columbian Hospital

A $1.3 billion multi-phase, multi-year transformation of Royal Columbian Hospital is underway. Our vision is to create a world-class hospital: a state-of-the art facility that provides uncompromising care and remarkable patient experiences.

We are proud of our role as a major critical care hospital, serving a population equal to a third of British Columbians. No other centre in BC offers our scope of services, delivered at such a high level. That’s why redevelopment at Royal Columbian is such an important project.

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These Stars Shine for Royal Columbian Hospital

Chair: Sue Paish President & CEO, LifeLabs
Doug Eveneshen CEO, Stabilization Central Credit Union
Jeff Norris President & CEO, RCH Foundation
Mike Bonner Senior Vice President and Regional Head, BC & Yukon, BMO Bank of Montreal
Dr. Sukh Brar Past President, BC Anaesthesiologists Society & Anaesthesiologist, RCH
Frank Butzelaar Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan ULC
Jonathan Cote Mayor, City of New Westminster
Kevin Desmond Chief Executive Officer, TransLink
Dr. Shahzad Karim Cardiothoracic Surgeon, RCH
Dr. Anson Koo Chief Psychiatrist, Mental Health and Substance Use Program
Kirk McLean Alumni, Vancouver Canucks
Paul Palmer Partner, EY
Barry Pearce Chief Project Officer, RCH, Redevelopment
Salima Remtulla VP, Operations & Corporate Strategy, Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd
Tamara Vrooman President & CEO, Vancity
Graham Walker Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais
David Wesik Vice President, Operations & Corporate Development, Wesgroup Properties
Wade Winkler Partner, McQuarrie
Salima Mawji Chief Development Officer, RCH Foundation

Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation is honoured to present our capital campaign cabinet, which unites leaders from across our most critical industries, communities and partnerships.

With an unprecedented redevelopment and expansion of
Royal Columbian now underway, we are committed to
supporting this $1.3 billion multi-year, multi-phase project, every step of the way.

  1. Chair: Sue Paish President & CEO, LifeLabs
  2. Doug Eveneshen CEO, Stabilization Central Credit Union
  3. Jeff Norris President & CEO, RCH Foundation
  4. Mike Bonner Senior Vice President and Regional Head, BC & Yukon, BMO Bank of Montreal
  5. Dr. Sukh Brar Past President, BC Anaesthesiologists Society & Anaesthesiologist, RCH
  6. Frank Butzelaar Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan ULC
  7. Jonathan Cote Mayor, City of New Westminster
  8. Kevin Desmond Chief Executive Officer, TransLink
  9. Dr. Shahzad Karim Cardiothoracic Surgeon, RCH
  10. Dr. Anson Koo Chief Psychiatrist, Mental Health and Substance Use Program
  11. Kirk McLean Alumni, Vancouver Canucks
  12. Paul Palmer Partner, EY
  13. Barry Pearce Chief Project Officer, RCH, Redevelopment
  14. Salima Remtulla VP, Operations & Corporate Strategy, Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd
  15. Tamara Vrooman President & CEO, Vancity
  16. Graham Walker Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais
  17. David Wesik Vice President, Operations & Corporate Development, Wesgroup Properties
  18. Wade Winkler Partner, McQuarrie
  19. Salima Mawji Chief Development Officer, RCH Foundation

Bmo is Helping to Shine a Light On Mental Health

Dr. Anson Koo, Psychiatry Department, Royal Columbian Hospital.

Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation is pleased to recognize BMO Financial Group’s leadership role in our redevelopment fundraising campaign.

Their $1 million donation in support of mental health will transform how critical care is delivered in BC, and ensure patients have the exceptional care they deserve.

The new Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre, now under construction and scheduled to open in 2020, will provide a significant opportunity for groundbreaking research, increased psychiatric training and state-of-the-art patient care. Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation has committed to raising $9.1 million for this important addition to our campus of care.

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Mental Health Facility Video Tour
Mental Health Facility Video Tour

When an emergency happens, every single second counts. A senior suffering a stroke, arriving unconscious at hospital. An accident victim, gravely injured and rushed here by Air Ambulance. A woman in labour and cardiac arrest, with two lives now in the balance.

The big picture

In the year
1862
30 patient beds
1 doctor
From its humble beginnings in 1862, with just 30 patient beds and one doctor, Royal Columbian grew to become the province's indispensable leader in critical care, serving more than 1.8 million residents of the province.
In the year
2017
446 patient beds
3,327 employees
Now, our hospital is set to make healthcare history once again, as Redevelopment positions Royal Columbian to revolutionize critical care in BC. When the multi-year project is complete, our hospital will be fully transformed, and ready to cope with the needs of a fast-growing, dramatically aging and increasingly diverse 21st-century population.
Our hospital generates nearly
$500M
for the province's economy
Fuelled by BC's single largest healthcare investment ever, a fully redeveloped Royal Columbian is poised to play an even more robust role in our collective prosperity.
Over the last decade, our hospital has generated the equivalent of
32.9K
full-time jobs
By dramatically increasing critical care capacity for a fast-growing population, Redevelopment will add hundreds of new jobs for doctors, nurses, support staff and construction-related workers.

Phase One: Mental Health Expansion (2016-2020)

Budgeted at $258.9 million, phase one begins the hospital's transformation and includes:
  • A new 75-bed mental health and substance use wellness centre with new and expanded outpatient clinics, Fraser Health’s first older adult psychiatric unit, and a psychiatric high acuity unit, all to replace the aging 30-bed Sherbrooke Centre
  • A new energy centre to replace the aging power plant and tie into the city’s future district energy centre
  • New parking, including a 400+ stall underground parkade plus a temporarily expanded visitor lot onsite, and a temporary offsite lot for employees
  • Moving the heliport to Columbia Tower’s roof, away from future construction cranes
  • An advanced IT fibre optic and utilities pathway that ties into city infrastructure and enables advanced health care technologies.

Phase Two: Acute Care Tower (2020-2024)

By the end of phase two, the hospital will have added 50 per cent more beds, from 446 to 675. Phase two will include:
  • A new Acute Care Tower with:
    • More beds for intensive care, cardiac intensive care, medicine and surgical patients, all in single-patient private rooms
    • A new, larger Emergency department with a satellite medical imaging unit
    • Three more operating rooms, three more interventional suites for cardiology, two more interventional suites for diagnostic radiology, and one more MRI all connected to interventional services in the existing Health Care Centre creating one interventional ‘super floor’
    • More maternity beds and one more maternity operating room. Units for moms, dads, children, and newborns will be relocated to the same floor for a more family-centred experience
    • A 400+ stall underground parkade, a new main entrance and a rooftop helipad
  • New advanced medical equipment and technologies, building services (e.g mechanical and electrical) and energy centre equipment
  • Replacement of the aging Sherbrooke Centre, old power plant, main entrance and laundry/maintenance buildings with site enhancements.

Phase Three: Expanding Capacity (2023-2026)

Phase three will upgrade and add capacity to areas in the existing Health Care Centre and Columbia Tower that support the beds and services added in phase two. This includes:
  • Expansion of support service areas such as the laboratory, pharmacy, food services, diagnostic services and medical imaging, and the addition of one more MRI
  • Expansion of the pediatric unit, the neonatal intensive care unit and outpatient clinics. These units will be physically linked to the maternity unit in the new acute care tower to create a ‘super floor’ dedicated to mothers, dads, and children
  • Conversion of four-bed patient rooms in Columbia Tower into single or semi-private rooms
  • Upgrade and move the cafeteria, administration offices and ambulatory care services.

By the Numbers

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A new Acute Care Tower, helping increase our total beds by 50%, will be equipped to provide highly sophisticated critical care technologies and treatments.
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Almost three-quarters of the beds will be in single-patient rooms for better recovery and comfort.
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In 20% of rooms, adaptable beds will meet a range of different patient care requirements.
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A larger Emergency department, with 75 state-of-the art treatment bays, four trauma bays, and a new and expanded satellite Medical Imaging area (housing a CT scanner, ultrasound and two radiology rooms) will speed up admission and treatment.
By 2030, the key population our hospital serves will grow by an estimated
36%
to an astonishing 2.2 million. It will be markedly older, dominated by people over age 80, the fastest growing segment of British Columbians.
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