A Bright Future For Burnaby Hospital
Better Care Close to home
Our community has relied upon Burnaby Hospital for compassionate care close to home since 1952 – everything from the birth of our children to care for our elderly family members. Burnaby Hospital’s talented and dedicated staff have always been there for you, overcoming challenges like a global pandemic and aging facilities, to provide exceptional patient care.
We are inspired by our community contributing more than 13,000 gifts to raise over $30 million to date. But there is still more to do. The Bright Future Campaign: Better Care Close to Home, focuses on bringing necessary improvements and expansion of our Intensive Care, Medical Imaging, Inpatient Oncology and Cardiac Telemetry Departments.
Your donation today ensures that our hospital has access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology so when you, a family member, or a friend needs care, Burnaby Hospital is ready. You can help us reach our goal and transform Burnaby Hospital into a modern campus of care for our families today and for the generations to come.
Let The Beedie Family Double Your Donation!
Betty Beedie and her son, Ryan, will match your donations up to $4 million towards Burnaby Hospital’s redevelopment. The matching gift is the second major contribution to the campaign by the Beedie family, who have now pledged a total of $12 million towards Burnaby Hospital Foundation in the past three years.
In recognition of their extraordinary support, the initial naming of the 6-storey Pavilion in Phase One will transition to the 12-storey Acute Care Tower in Phase Two, which will now be named the Keith and Betty Beedie Acute Care Tower.
“For the patient, Medical Imaging equipment provides quality images to aid in detecting diseases and conditions, allowing for earlier interventions and improved patient care outcomes.”
Dana Patterson, Medical Imaging Site Coordinator
“Patients who come to our Oncology Unit may have complex care requirements, so an improved facility with a dedicated In-patient Oncology Unit is a dream come true. Patients who require around-the-clock care will be able to stay in the unit and receive the specialized care they need. It will be a huge change for Burnaby Hospital, and as a nurse, I am excited for the positive impact this will have on many of our patients and their families.”
Kay Unrau, RN, Patient Care Co-Ordinator Oncology Unit
“Because there are not enough ICU beds, we see people waiting in the ER on another floor, not the places where they should be to get the care they need. With more people calling Burnaby home, the ICU needs more beds not only for us now, but for families in the future as well.”
Danielle Frigo, RN, MSN, BSN, Clinical Nurse Educator, Intensive Care Unit
“There has been a substantial increase of cardiac issues among Burnaby’s aging population in the past several years. More beds with built-in cardiac telemetry equipment will make a real difference by letting us monitor heart conditions in real time. And that’s a proactive approach when caring for our patients with serious cardiac conditions.”
Joyce Munroe, RCT, Clinical Supervisor, Diagnostic Cardiology
How it Started: Phase One
The Burnaby Hospital redevelopment construction: Phase One, set off in 2022 and is projected to be completed in 2025. The physical transformation will have an immediate impact on patients and families and provide our innovative care teams with the space and tools to do their best work.
A new six-floor patient-care tower will be modern, energy efficient and full of natural light. The new build will add inpatient beds for medical patients and create state-of-the art space for all of the hospital’s maternity and newborn services. The tower will make it possible to create a unit designed for adults with mental health and substance use concerns.
The majority of new patient care rooms will be single rooms with a dedicated bathroom, providing patients and families with comfort and privacy as well as meeting modern standards for infection control. At the same time, the existing Support Facilities Building will be expanded and extensively renovated to accommodate more patients and improve patient flow, including significant changes to the Emergency Department and operating room suite. Phase One will also add more parking, making access easier for patients and visitors.
Burnaby Hospital’s Emergency Department currently provides services to over 50% more patients than it was designed for.
Phase One will add 10,000 square feet of new space, making it possible to expand and re-configure the current department and purchase innovative equipment and technology. The changes will mean the team will be able to serve more patients and reduce wait times. As well as improving patient flow in Phase One, many of the new treatment bays will have walls instead of curtains for privacy and increased separation from other patients. In total, the Emergency Department will add more treatment bays by the end of Phase Two, an increase of 30 per cent.
Other changes include a specialized zone for patients with mental health and substance use, the addition of new trauma rooms for the most critically ill patients and improved waiting areas for patients and families.
The Emergency Department will also benefit from the additional inpatient beds that will be opened in the tower, as there will be more space for patients who need to be admitted.
Burnaby Hospital performs about 15,000 surgeries and minor procedures each year, including specialized services, such as joint replacement and sinus surgery.
Expanding and significantly improving the existing operating suite in the Support Facilities Building will make it possible to reduce wait times and increase access to surgery and procedures in an environment that accommodates today’s advances in care and technology.
When the transformation is complete, our hospital will have nine operating rooms, including four brand-new larger rooms. The operating suite will also have five procedure rooms, additional recovery and waiting areas for patients, and more room for support services.
The tower is an opportunity to bring all of the hospital’s maternity and newborn services together in one place to streamline and improve care for families. Everything from maternity clinics and inpatient services for moms and babies to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will be on one floor with easy access to the operating room.
As a brand-new maternity centre, we’ll also be able to provide single room maternity care, a modern approach to birthing where moms go through labour, deliver their babies and recover for the rest of their stay in the same well-equipped, comfortable room, supported by the same team of caregivers. Each single room will have a private bathroom and a space for partners to stay overnight.
Burnaby’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit team cares for babies who are born at Burnaby or transferred here from other locations because they are premature or have a health concern that requires specialized monitoring or treatment. Some babies need this care for several months, and parents may spend many hours a day in this unit where all six babies are in one large room. The new unit will have single rooms for more privacy and comfort for families—there will be space for a parent to stay the night near to baby, privacy for breastfeeding and lots of natural light. Providing neonatal intensive care in single rooms is also the best practice for hospital infection control.
Formerly an extended care unit for frail seniors, the current 25-bed space does not meet the special needs of patients, including teenagers as well as adults, that suffer from a variety of mental health concerns. Only 16 per cent of the 25 beds are located in single rooms. With little private space, all patients are disturbed by noise or the behaviour of patients who are acutely ill, and the shared bathrooms do not meet modern infection control standards. In addition, the unit has only one large lounge for recreation activities and meals.
The new unit will have comfortable single rooms with private bathrooms located around a central nurses’ station. Special features include: a sensory intervention room equipped with tools to help patients calm themselves, minimizing the use of medications; a safe outdoor patio for fresh air, activities and family visits; separate activity rooms to accommodate different groups and ages of patients for recreation activities; and private meeting spaces for counselling or family visits.