The provincial government announced this morning that a new St. Paul’s Hospital will open for patients by 2026.
Premier John Horgan said the new hospital will have 548 beds, 115 more than the hospital on Burrard Street, which was founded 125 years ago.
The new hospital will cost $1.9 billion. It will be located at 1002 Station Street on the False Creek Flats.
Horgan says the plan for the new hospital had stalled for 12 years, but the wait is over with the approval of a business plan for construction.
The project will be funded with the provincial government and Providence Health Care sharing costs, and B.C. businessman Jim Pattison has already donated $75 million to the new hospital.
The property where the current St. Paul’s hospital stands in downtown Vancouver will also be sold to fund part of the project.
The hospital will offer specialized and general care, emergency and critical care, there will be mental health and addictions beds and community outreach programs.
The government says St. Paul’s will also remain a teaching hospital, training hundreds of University of B.C. medical students and other health-sector professionals.
(With files from CP)
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