St. Paul’s Hospital relocation to False Creek Flats, current site to be turned into condos: Who wins? Who loses?

St. Paul's HospitalUntil today, the official promise by the Province of British Columbia was that St. Paul’s Hospital would stay at its current location on Burrard Street in the West End.

This was after a prolonged debate and strong advocacy campaign by the Save St. Paul’s Coalition. Then there was a scandal in 2010 with insiders involved in land acquisition at the False Creek Flats target site. So St. Paul’s Hospital was going to be redeveloped right where it was.

But today, rumours about the relocation plan were indeed proven true with a  packed news conference announcing the planned move to False Creek Flats to a site north of Central Pacific Station and east of Main Street. Station Street concept video:

New and modern health and medical facilities are certainly a good thing for any society. But like any billion-dollar project and major land use decision, there will be winners and losers.

As discussions become more concrete in the coming days, weeks, and months, we hope that adequate media and public attention will go to some of these issues.

False Creek Flats

  • It the False Creek Flats location a safe choice?  The site is only slightly above sea level. With sea level rise predicted over the next century is this smart location? Is the ground safe in the event of a major earthquake? See more here.
  • Who are the winners and losers in the land deals? Will the burgeoning West End and downtown population be out of luck in the event of a major earthquake, with difficult access off the peninsula?
  • Did certain individuals and parties have privileged information?
  • We have been noticing “anomalies” with building height limits. The height limits over St. Paul’s current site deserve some careful scrutiny.
  • Is there any connection with the City’s land use policy changes in recent years and months? The West End Community Plan was adopted in November 2013. The City has just made changes to the Downtown Official Development Plan. One changes is a twisted definition of “social housing” that allows an internal body, the Development Permit Board, grant unlimited density increases for a new, loose definition of “social housing” — with that decision not even requiring a public hearing.

According to the Globe and Mail, “Providence Health Care, which operates St. Paul’s, said it had secured $500 million from the B.C. government and is committed to raising another $500 million, largely by leveraging the current site, which is located on prime Vancouver real estate.”

Below, for posterity, are text of the media releases and materials by the Province and Providence Health Care.

TEXT OF MEDIA RELEASE BY PROVINCE OF BC

Health Minister Terry Lake’s statement on St. Paul’s redevelopment April 13, 2015

VICTORIA – Health Minister Terry Lake has issued the following statement on the redevelopment plan for St. Paul’s Hospital: “St. Paul’s has served the community and British Columbia well for over a century. It is both a landmark and a symbol of health care to those in Vancouver’s West End, as well as many in the Lower Mainland and throughout the province. The hospital’s dedicated staff members have been at the forefront of health-care delivery, often leading the way with new models of care and research.

“This important work and leadership will continue, as the hospital is redeveloped into a cutting-edge world-class campus of care at a new home on the Station Street site.

“Moving this project forward was part of my mandate for this year. However, moving this project forward was not simply about checking a box to get it done. We needed to move this project forward in the right way to best meet the needs of the people the hospital serves.

“Providence Health Care came to the ministry last fall in the context of our strategic vision and the work we were doing to look at how the Lower Mainland hospitals were working together to deliver patient care. After a serious review of the idea, we were convinced that the Station Street site would best meet the needs of the local, Lower Mainland and provincial population the hospital serves now and in the long term. We began working closely with them on this vision.

“The new hospital and campus of care will include a full suite of services, as well as mental health beds, residential care beds, a low-risk birthing centre and community outreach programs. It will be connected to a network of community and primary care services across the entire region that more effectively provides co-ordinated and focused care to the community, ensuring people are receiving the right care in the right place.

“Over the next year, Providence Health Care will hold public meetings to consult with the community, stakeholders and partners on the proposed plan to hear concerns and to help develop the business plan for the new hospital.

“St. Paul’s will be a catalyst for helping realize the ministry’s new vision for providing innovative patient-centred acute, primary, ambulatory and community care in one place, especially for the most-vulnerable patient populations – those suffering with mental-health issues and addictions, aging British Columbians struggling with chronic illnesses and those at the end of their lives.

“The new St. Paul’s will better meet the needs of patients now and for the next 100 years. It will be a world-class hub that the people of Vancouver and all British Columbians will be proud of for years to come.”

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Text of Providence Health Care website today, April 13, 2015

http://www.providencehealthcare.org/about-providence/renewal-projects

THE NEW ST. PAUL’S

St. Paul’s Hospital is a treasured provincial medical resource, known for providing trail-blazing care for British Columbians with complex health issues. From humble beginnings, we are now poised to help reimagine the future of health care to better meet the needs of British Columbians.

A patient-centred history

In a contemporary context, St. Paul’s has become known for many research and technology-intensive innovations such as transforming the care of people living withHIV/AIDS and pioneering cardiac surgery options for British Columbians with heart disease.

But we started to write our story of innovation more than a century ago. That’s when the Sisters of Providence founded St. Paul’s Hospital, a 25-bed “cottage” on the path to English Bay. The Sisters had come to Vancouver several years before, having been told the stories of suffering in this burgeoning coastal city. When they arrived, they listened to the community and made a plan to meet the needs expressed by the people who lived there.

Today’s St. Paul’s

Today, our commitment to patient care focuses on new knowledge and technology to support seniors, people living with HIV/AIDS, people with mental illness and addictions, very ill people with heart, lung and kidney disease, as well as people with complex health needs from urban centres. Every year, we host more than 75,000 visits to our emergency room and almost half a million patient visits in total from all over BC. St. Paul’s also provides many services unique in the province, including conducting as many as 20 heart transplants each year for desperately ill people.

The vision for the future

From English Bay, to Burrard Street, to a future in the new heart of downtown, St. Paul’s has a bold plan for the future. The new St. Paul’s hospital and integrated health centre complex will be built from the ground up on Station Street, offering British Columbians access to a purpose built, modern facility. Imagine one patient per room to minimize infections and maximize privacy. And imagine the most cutting-edge technology, architecture and materials that will help offer the best possible medical facilities to all British Columbians, while attracting even more of the world’s most caring staff and the finest health professionals and researchers.

More than the facility, the new St. Paul’s will give patients 24/7 access to a centralized “check-in” or intake process. It will determine which patients require hospital care, and which require primary, community or other specialist care or supports. This vision will ensure that the right level of care is offered to each person at the right time. The integrated campus will also help patients move seamlessly from one level of care to another as their health requires.

Providence Health Care, the entity that operates St. Paul’s Hospital, sees this reimaging of St. Paul’s as a catalyst for helping realize the BC Ministry of Health’s new vision for providing hospital, out-patient and community care for all. Through this transformation, we will continue our dedication to a patient-centred philosophy and also continue to help the most vulnerable patient populations: those withHIV/AIDS, those suffering from mental health and addictions, people with chronic illnesses associated with aging, and critically ill British Columbians with heart, lung and kidney conditions.

MEDIA KIT

On April 13, 2015, Providence Health Care held a media conference and announced plans for a new St. Paul’s Hospital and health care campus. Located less than three kilometres away from the current site on Burrard Street, the Station Street site will provide new, modern and state-of-the-art treatment for patients who need medical care both inside and outside of an acute care hospital. The complete media kit including the media release, slides and a video is available here.

Planning for the new hospital and integrated health care campus will include the following key components:

  • A new, full-service critical care hospital
  • 24/7 primary care services
  • Chronic disease management services
  • Mental health and addictions beds and programs
  • On-site residential care beds and programs
  • Ambulatory services and outpatient clinics
  • Non-acute medical services
  • A low-risk birthing centre
  • End-of-life care
  • Research and teaching
  • Community Care
  • Community Outreach Programs

The new hospital will continue as one of British Columbia’s two most specialized hospitals for adults.  It will also be at the centre of a network of new and existing dedicated primary care services in the region, including services that will be set up for the West End. In addition, as part of the Station Street development, Providence will look at building a number of social housing units to provide affordable housing options for Vancouver residents. Please see the complete news release for more information.

Station Street Concept Video

* This video is only a previous conceptualization of what a potential future redevelopment could look like at the Station Street site. The designs and concepts are not to be considered as final. The visuals are for illustrative purposes only, to see how a facility could be integrated into the Station Street site neighbourhood.

Downloads

PDF Press Release
PDF Burrard Street Site and Station Street Site Comparison 
PDF Visits to St. Paul’s Hospital by Patient Origin
PDF Station Street Concept Video Broadcast Quality Version (MP4, 149MB)
PPT News Conference Technical Briefing Slides (PPT, 37.6MB)
PDF News Conference Technical Briefing Slides (PDF, 3.7MB)

PREVIOUS CONCEPT PLAN

By way of background, this is the previous concept plan for the envisioning of St. Paul’s renewal on its current site. For many reasons including cost, construction time, and limited land space, this concept plan will be revised and replaced with a new plan for the Station Street site once consultations are completed.

PDF 2013 St. Paul’s Concept Plan Table of Contents
PDF 2013 St. Paul’s Concept Plan
PDF Appendix 1 Concept Plan 120211
PDF Appendix 2 Service Volumes Projections
PDF Appendix 2 Service Volumes Appendix
PDF Appendix 3 Master Plan Executive Summary
PDF Appendix 4 Ambulatory Clinical Service Plan
PDF Appendix 5 Functional Program for Ambulatory Care Centre
PDF Appendix 6 Cost & Funding Analysis 131205
PDF Appendix 6 Funding by Component 131205

WHAT’S NEXT

In the coming months we will be working with our staff, clinicians, residents, neighbourhoods and the City of Vancouver to hold extensive stakeholder consultations on how best to meet the health care needs of British Columbians. We will also be preparing a business case to determine funding and building options as well as establish a formal timeline for construction.

Our goal is to keep you informed. For the next few months, we will be updating this page regularly with new information as it becomes available, so please check back often. We will also be working on a more robust website about the redevelopment as we move forward. If you have any questions or concerns, we want to hear from you. Please send us your thoughts at: communications@providencehealth.bc.ca.

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PROVIDENCE MEDIA RELEASE, 13-APR-2015

http://www.providencehealthcare.org/sites/default/files/Providence%20Health%20Care%20Announces%20New%20St.%20Paul%E2%80%99s%20Hospital%20Campus%20Plan%20Press%20Release_0.pdf

News Release

For Immediate Release

Providence Health Care Announces New St. Paul’s Hospital Campus Plan

VANCOUVER, April 13, 2015—Providence Health Care has announced plans for a new St. Paul’s Hospital and health care campus. Located less than three kilometres away from the current site on Vancouver’s Burrard Street, the Station Street site will provide new, modern and state-of-the-art treatment for patients who need medical care both inside and outside of an acute care hospital.

Planning for the new hospital and integrated health care campus will include the following key components:

  • A new, full-service critical care hospital
  • 24/7 primary care services
  • Chronic disease management services
  • Mental health and addictions beds and programs
  • On-site residential care beds and programs
  • Ambulatory services and outpatient clinics
  • Non-acute medical services
  • A low-risk birthing centre
  • End-of-life care
  • Research and teaching
  • Community Care
  • Community Outreach Programs

The new hospital will continue as one of British Columbia’s two most specialized hospitals for adults. It will also be at the centre of a network of new and existing dedicated primary care services in the region, including services to support those living in Vancouver’s West End. In addition, as part of the Station Street development, Providence will look at building a number of social housing units to provide affordable housing options for Vancouver residents.

During the redevelopment and planning process, Providence will consult with members of the community on how best to meet the primary health care needs of seniors and others in the West End.

“The new St. Paul’s and integrated health care centre will be designed in a way that puts the patient at the centre of care,” said Dianne Doyle, President and CEO, Providence Health Care. “When people are patients, they are at one of the most vulnerable points in their life. This redevelopment will strengthen health care to ensure a patient’s care path—from hospital to community to home—will be as seamless as possible by using St. Paul’s range of provincial and community care services.”

When patients come to the new St. Paul’s, there will be a centralized intake process that will determine the care most appropriate for each person—whether that be hospital care, primary, community care or other health care supports. This new integrated intake approach will ensure patients are directed and receive the care they need as quickly as possible.

“St. Paul’s sees some of the most vulnerable patients in the province—the frail elderly, people with persistent and chronic health conditions and those with mental health and addictions issues,” said Dr. Dan Kalla, Emergency Department Head, St. Paul’s Hospital. “This centralized approach to patient services requires a completely new campus of health care facilities. This level of personalized care simply couldn’t be done at the current constrained Burrard Street site.”

The plan builds on St. Paul’s current provincial role in areas such as heart, lung, kidney and HIV/AIDS care by developing new centres of excellence in addictions, mental health, aging and seniors’ care.

“Moving ahead with a new St. Paul’s will realize the vision of a single patient-centred acute, primary, ambulatory and community campus of care in one location,” said Mary Ackenhusen, President and CEO, Vancouver Coastal Health. “It will also benefit from VCH’s growing network of integrated primary care centres that support populations such as those living with addictions and mental health, as well as seniors and others requiring care in the community.”

The redevelopment will further strengthen St. Paul’s reputation as a teaching and academic hospital in partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC).

“UBC and the Faculty of Medicine are pleased to continue partnering with Providence Health in our pursuit of world class research, excellence in health education and excellence in patient care, leading to improved health and health care outcomes for the populations we serve,” said Dr. Gavin Stuart, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice Provost Health, UBC.

St. Paul’s Hospital has served patient needs across British Columbia from its location in Vancouver’s West End for over 100 years. Providence is committed to working with the community to develop a comprehensive primary health clinic that will deliver many of the services for seniors and others now available at St. Paul’s.

“We are proud of our history of service and excited about this new plan,” said Doyle. “Providence looks forward to working with our clinicians, residents, Vancouver Coastal Health, the City of Vancouver and everyone interested in our new St. Paul’s plan to help design and build the best health care campus in Canada.”

An Electronic Press Kit (including media backgrounders, B-Roll, etc.) can be found at: http://www.providencehealthcare.org/about-providence/renewal-projects

Providence Health Care (PHC) is one of Canada’s largest faith-based health care organizations, operating 16 health care facilities in Greater Vancouver. PHC operates one of two adult academic health science centres in the province – St. Paul’s Hospital – performs cutting-edge research in more than 30 clinical specialties, and focuses its services on six “populations of emphasis”: cardio-pulmonary risks and illnesses, HIV/AIDS, mental health, renal risks and illness, specialized needs in aging and urban health and is home to the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. www.providencehealthcare.org.

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For more information:

Dave Lefebvre

Senior Communications Specialist – Media Relations, PHC

dlefebvre@providencehealth.bc.ca

Tel: 604-682-2344 extension 66987

Cell: 604-837-6003 (c)

Backgrounder

For Immediate Release

Benefits of Station Street site over existing St. Paul’s site

By re-developing St. Paul’s Hospital at the 18.5 acre Station Street site instead of the current Burrard Street location will allow the following programs and services to be developed that would not be possible on the existing site:

  • 24/7 primary care
  • Chronic Disease Management Services
  • Mental Health and Addictions beds and services and programs
  • Non-acute medical services
  • Laboratory
  • Low-risk birthing centre
  • End of life care
  • Residential care beds
  • Social Housing
  • Wellness and Community Care programs

Redeveloping St. Paul’s at Station Street will allow for the construction of a high percentage of single rooms supporting the care needs of patients, opposed to the 48 per cent single patient rooms that could be developed at Burrard Street. Single-patient hospital rooms reduce patient risk to hospital acquired infection and allow for increased privacy for patients and their visitors.

Re-developing at Station Street eliminates the need to spend the over $80 million in seismic upgrades that would be required to bring upgrade the Burrard Street site buildings.

Re-developing at Station Street will allow construction be done at one time, in the most efficient manner possible, and reduce the time needed to build the new hospital campus. If the redevelopment occurred at the Burrard Street site, it would need to be done on a piece-meal basis taking many more years to be completed and producing noise for patients and the community in the West End.

Re-developing at 18.5 acre Station Street site will allow the campus to for future development and expand should patient needs dictate. Re-developing at the current Burrard Street site would not allow for any future development as the site is fully subscribed.

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Senior Communications Specialist – Media Relations, Providence Health Care

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