St. Paul’s Hospital redevelopment project looking for architects
From Providence Health Care:
“VANCOUVER, FEBRUARY 20, 2013 – The redevelopment of St. Paul’s Hospital continues to gain momentum with the posting of a Request for Proposals to provide architectural services for the project.
Announced in June 2012 by Premier Christy Clark, the St. Paul’s Hospital redevelopment project envisions a new state-of-the-art centre of health innovation, care, and research, housing numerous hospital outpatient clinics, diagnostic care and same-day surgical services. The renewal will also include important upgrades to existing buildings, including seismic and operational improvements.
“St. Paul’s Hospital is world-renowned for its research, teaching and care,” said Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. “We’re making sure it remains a hub of innovation, excellence and compassionate patient care, serving British Columbian families far into the future.”
MacDiarmid added the redevelopment will benefit patients and health professionals alike with upgraded operating rooms and expanded hospital capacity to meet future demand.
The RFP invites Architects to submit proposals to provide managing consultant and architectural services for the conceptual design of an ambulatory care building – a critical initial component of the redevelopment project.
On October 25, 2012 the West End Residents Association wrote to the Minister of Health, the Hon. Minister Margaret MacDiarmid, in regard to the renewal of St. Paul’s Hospital.
You can view WERA’s letter here.
WERA wrote the letter seeking clarification of the renewal process and asking questions about opportunities for stakeholder engagement in the process.
The Premier made a spending announcement at St. Paul’s Hospital on May 13, 2013, stating in very strong terms that Provincial Government supported the renewal of the hospital and that $500 million had been allocated for the project. While the Premier’s statement was welcome news to St. Paul’s Hospital, which has been seeking to secure government funding for the renewal of the hospital since 2002, there was confusion around the process of the project.
The Minister’s response to WERA’s letter (published below), outlines a four part process reiterating what the Ministry of Health had posted on their website from June 20, 2012.
The Premier recently made a spending announcement to fund the renewal of St. Paul’s Hospital. In light of this news, WERA is working to re-energize the dialogue in our community about the redevelopment of our hospital.
WERA hopes our survey will promote a broader understanding of the project and the hospital among the residents of the downtown peninsula.
St. Paul’s Hospital is an important health care service provider to the downtown peninsula, Vancouver and the province of British Colombia. St. Paul’s Hospital has many service areas of excellence including HIV/AIDS, heart and lung, and Mental Health. In addition, St. Paul’s Hospital is the site of much internationally renowned research and is also a teaching hospital for medical students and trainees.
The ebb and flow of St. Paul’s Hospital has recently felt more like choppy water than it has smooth sailing. Now that the hospital is anchored to its current location many important questions still need to be answered. For example, how can we receive up to date improvements on essential public services for its current site, as well as receive an upgrade to the general structure of building itself?
In these last few months WERA has been seeking the opinions and perceptions of downtown residents on topics such as:
- supporting a complete hospital overhaul/renewal
- safety of infrastructure in case of an emergency
- available health care supports (i.e. preventative care, chronic disease management and outpatient services)
WERA has written a short 10-question survey to gather your opinions on these key issues. Please take a few moments to have your say in this very important issue for you as a resident and as a person deserving of health care services that are at the least “up to code”.
Click here to take our short, 10 question survey.
WERA director Sukhi Kambo was interviewed on CBC news today talking about the Save St. Paul’s Coalition’s survey regarding the renewal of St. Paul’s Hospital.
In the interview, Kambo stresses the need for renewal of the aging hospital, and discusses the WERA campaign to raise awareness of the problem.
“The wait for the elevators is horrendous and it’s a little unfair for people who aren’t able-bodied when the only other option is to take the stairs,” she told the CBC.
Link to CBC News story: St. Paul’s renewal backed by residents association
Link to Save St. Paul’s survey: www.savestpauls.ca
In an effort to better understand the importance of St. Paul’s Hospital to the population of the downtown peninsula, the West End Residents Association (WERA) has developed a survey to gauge residents concerns.
WERA invites residents to participate in the survey. Your feedback will help strengthen our advocacy for the renewal of the hospital on its downtown site.
Please click here to finish a short, 10 question survey.
More than $17 million will be spent to repair electrical systems and elevators at aging hospital following power outages
Shane Bigham Sep 22, 2011 15:00:09 PM
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – St. Paul’s Hospital is getting millions of dollars to make some critical repairs. The money will be used to replace aging electrical systems at the hospital, and fix the elevators.
The provincial government today committed 17.2 million dollars for these repairs. 12.5 million will be spent on electrical upgrades including generators, transformers, automatic transfer switches, switchgears and other critical electrical components. This money is on top of the million that was already spent this year, following a massive power failure at the hospital in February.
4.7 million will be spent on the hospital’s aging elevators. Patients and staff have complained about elevators that are slow and frequently out-of-order.
Dianne Doyle with Providence Health Care says the repairs should have only a minimal impact on the work that goes on at the St. Paul’s.
“There may be some minor inconveniences related to the elevators. Aside from that, no impact.”
There are critics. West End NDP MLA Spencer Chandra-Herbert calls today’s funding announcement by the government a ‘band-aid solution.’ He’s concerned about what will happen in the event of an earthquake.
The Community Update on St. Paul’s Hospital held at the Central Presbyterian Church on October 21, 2010 was a success. West End residents heard Dianne Doyle, CEO of Providence Health Care and Neil MacConnell, Vice President, Strategic Development & Renewal, present their new plans for the renewal of St. Paul’s Hospital. These plans include a two-phases of building. The first building would be on the corner of Thurlow and Comox Streets, ten floors high with 200 000 square feet. Forum participants learned that no building on the site can be higher than 10 floors because of the “view cones” that are regulated by the City of Vancouver. The second building would bring 540 000 square feet to improve patient care at St. Paul’s Hospital and would be located proximal to the first building. Continue reading
The West End Residents Association and the Save St. Paul Coalition is announcing a
Community Forum for a update about St. Paul’s Hospital
Save the Date: Thursday October 21
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Central Presbyterian Church
1155 Thurlow St.
The consensus is now that St. Paul’s Hospital will not move, but what are the plans for the renewal of the hospital on the Burrard Street site?
WERA and Save St. Paul’s Coalition is inviting:
The Minister of Health, The Hon. Kevin Falcon
CEO of Providence Health, Diane Doyle
The Hon. Mary McNeil, MLA Vancouver-Flase Creek
Spencer Chandra-Herbert, MLA Vancouver-West End
to a community forum to update residents about the plans to renew the hospital.