Construction Begins on Redeveloped Burnaby Hospital
Construction has officially begun at Burnaby Hospital, commemorated by a ground-breaking ceremony. The event included a welcoming and remarks by Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, speeches by dignitaries and a celebration of the fundraising progress of Burnaby Hospital Foundation.
Alongside the demolition of the Cascade Building, which was damaged in a fire in 2020, and other site preparations, the groundbreaking brings Burnaby Hospital one step closer to becoming a modern healthcare campus.
“This important milestone in the redevelopment project is a very significant moment for our donors who have made a meaningful impact towards funding for the new hospital campus,” said Burnaby Hospital Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer, Kristy James. “With an $8 million gift from Mrs. Betty Beedie and family, a recent $5 million matching gift from Jim Pattison, alongside generous contributions from the City of Burnaby, Alexander College, Bill McCarthy and Ken Shinozaki, our committed donors continue to inspire the community with their generosity, helping us raise over $24 million to date. Now with shovels in the ground, we are pushing even closer to our shared vision of exceptional health care. I urge you to take advantage of the current matching gift to double the impact of your next donation.”
The redevelopment begins with a new six-storey Keith and Betty Beedie Pavilion with 83 beds in primarily single-patient rooms with a private bathroom. The pavilion will include a maternity unit, a neonatal intensive care unit and a medical in-patient unit with negative pressure rooms and outbreak zones to isolate infectious diseases.
The facility will also have a mental-health and substance-use in-patient unit with a secured outdoor patio. Within this unit is a five-bed crisis stabilization unit that will provide short-term in-patient care, assessment and treatment for patients in crisis, at risk or in severe distress.
Another part of the modernization will include a new Jim Pattison Surgery Centre and renovations to the existing Support Facilities Building. This includes a bigger emergency department with an increase of treatment bays from 72 to 82, six new state-of-the-art operating rooms, additional pre-operative and post-operative recovery spaces, a new medical device reprocessing department and improvements to a number of other departments.
The six-storey pavilion, the new surgery centre and renovations to existing buildings are scheduled to be complete in 2026. The second patient-care tower is expected to have 160 new beds and a state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre.
Burnaby Hospital opened in 1952 and provides a range of acute care services including emergency care, critical care, surgery, maternity, neonatal intensive care, palliative and adult mental-health and substance-use services.