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New hospital to be built in Surrey, BC

SURREY, BC – British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell announced the opening of 73 new acute care beds at Surrey Memorial Hospital and the start of construction on the new Surrey Outpatient Hospital – which has been expanded to be almost a third larger than originally planned.

“Surrey is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation and we are taking steps to meet the growing demand here for healthcare services now and in the future,” said Premier Campbell. “Combined with the recently-opened Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, these projects represent an investment in healthcare south of the Fraser River that is unprecedented in the history of our province.”

The four-storey Outpatient Hospital is expected to accommodate approximately 450,000 annual outpatient visits when it opens, rising to 600,000 annual patient visits by 2020, with 17,500 square metres of new space and better facilities for day surgeries, health clinics and family medicine. The size of the Surrey Outpatient Hospital has increased 30 percent from the initial concept plan in 2005 as a result of extensive planning by Fraser Health. The new hospital is expected to be complete in spring 2011, with a capital value of $239 million.

The size of the Surrey Outpatient Hospital will now be slightly larger than the total size of the Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex, including the third rink that is under construction.

Fraser Health has completed 73 additional acute care inpatient beds, including three ICU beds at SMH as part of a $30 million initiative, which is separate from the outpatient facility, launched in 2005 to build capacity, expand services and ease congestion pressures at SMH, the regional referral centre for Surrey, Langley, White Rock and Delta.

The initiative includes a $10 million expansion of the hospital’s kidney dialysis unit, from 18 hemodialysis stations to 30 – to be completed by the end of 2008 – and reconfiguration of the laboratory and pharmacy.

“These investments are part of a broader strategy to meet the future healthcare needs in Surrey and the region,” said Health Services Minister George Abbott. “The additional acute care beds at SMH represent a 26 per cent increase in Surrey for a total of 491 beds since Fraser Health was established.”

At the outpatient hospital, patients and health professionals will also benefit from $45.8 million in brand-new, state-of-the-art medical equipment that includes one MRI scanner, two CT scanners, five radiology, three bone density, five ultrasound, three mammography, five nuclear medicine and 11 cardiac diagnostics machines.

“Patients and care providers will see tremendous benefits from improved access to patient-focused outpatient services,” said Fraser Health president and CEO Dr. Nigel Murray. “Providing outpatient services in a more efficient, integrated way at the new facility will help relieve some of the congestion at Surrey Memorial, and improve Fraser Health’s ability to meet the growing needs of communities in our region.”

“This project will be a very positive addition to the City of Surrey. As a one-of-a-kind facility it enhances Surrey’s reputation as a regional centre for excellent healthcare,” added Mayor Diane Watts.

The Surrey Outpatient Hospital is a public-private partnership between Fraser Health and BC Healthcare Solutions (BCHS). It is a fixed-price contract with BCHS to design, build, finance and maintain the facility. Fraser Health will retain ownership of the land and the facilities and will provide all healthcare services. The private partner will maintain the facility for a fixed-term of 30 years.

“We are pleased to partner with BC Healthcare Solutions, a team that combines the strength, innovation and experience of B.C.-based construction and architecture firms with international companies to deliver a world-class healthcare facility,” said Gordon Barefoot, Fraser Health board chair. “The new facility will be designed to achieve LEED Gold certification as part of our commitment to a greener and more sustainable future.”

BC Healthcare Solutions is the private partner that will design, build, finance and maintain the new Surrey Outpatient Hospital. This consortium combines the strength, innovation and experience of B.C.-based construction and architectural firms with international companies to deliver state-of-the-art healthcare facilities. Members of the BC Healthcare Solutions team include:

• HSBC Infrastructure Fund Management Ltd.
• Bouygues Batiment International.
• Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd.
• Bird Construction.
• Ecovert FM Ltd.
• Helios Group, Utilities and Facilities Management Inc.
• DEPFA Bank plc.
• Dexia Credit Local S.A., Canadian Branch.
• Bank of Ireland.