In February 2019, the Government of British Columbia approved the business plan for a new St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver.
The new hospital will continue to serve as a an acute-care hospital and integrated health campus. The new facility will be expanded to a capacity of 548 beds, which represents 115 net new beds, and “will be the home of several leading provincial programs and referral centres, including for heart and lung care, renal, eating disorders and specialty surgeries and transplants,” according to a government release. It will also be a teaching hospital for both University of British Columbia medical students and British Columbia Institute of Technology nursing students.
The project will be done in two phases, with phase 1 consisting of the new core hospital and phase two is expected to include a clinical support and research centre.
Two teams have been shortlisted for the project, with the preferred proponent to be named in late 2020. However, that decision will likely be delayed by the October 2020 election.