B.C. investing $1.3B in redevelopment of Burnaby Hospital

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – The British Columbia government is investing $1.3 billion to help redevelop Burnaby Hospital.

At the announcement on Tuesday, Premier John Horgan said the investment is crucial in order to modernize the facility.

“Burnaby Hospital will undergo a complete redevelopment. $1.3 billion invested for two new patient care towers, new boards, new operating rooms, 400 new beds – the majority of which will be single patient beds – [and] a bigger emergency room. Most importantly, and why we’ve decided to keep the facility here, a new cancer treatment centre to complement the great work we do here in B.C.”

The Ministry of Health later clarified the 400 beds would replace the current 314, meaning the redevelopment will have 86 more beds than the building it is replacing.

Horgan said the revamped facility will have state of the art technology and extra staff. St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and Royal Columbian in New Westminster are already undergoing upgrades.

Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley called the announcement a “great day” for the city.

“With the recent urgent and primary care investments in Burnaby, the hospital will help deliver healthcare in the best possible way,” he said.

When asked why this hospital redevelopment will come before a second hospital is built in Surrey, Minister of Health Adrian Dix said Burnaby was further along in the planning process but there’s still a plan to move ahead in Surrey.

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