The Province has selected a new proponent for a new acute-care patient tower at Lions Gate Hospital.
The new acute-care facility will replace aging infrastructure and will be a high-tech facility, and serve as a hub for acute and virtual services for people on the North Shore and throughout the coastal region.
Vancouver Coastal Health received proposals from two shortlisted proponents for the design-build contract to build the tower.
PCL Constructors West Coast Inc. was selected as the successful proponent.
The new acute-care facility will be named after North Shore businessman and philanthropist Paul Myers, who donated $25 million to the foundation’s $100-million campaign.
Construction is expected to begin in mid-2021.
The facility will feature eight new operating rooms, a new pre-operative and post-operative care area (including anesthesia intervention and isolation rooms), 108 single-patient rooms with ensuite bathrooms, a telehealth centre and a primary care centre to give residents without a family doctor faster access to non-acute services.
The project budget of $310 million is cost shared between the Province, Vancouver Coastal Health and a $100-million fundraising campaign by Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.
“With the selection of a preferred proponent for the design-build contract, we are now one step closer to getting shovels in the ground for the new acute-care tower at LGH,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.
“This pandemic has brought to light how important it is for our communities to have access to high-quality health-care facilities,” says Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale.
“The Paul Myers Tower has been made possible through generous community contributions as well as provincial government investments and will be a testament to our collective commitment to delivering better care for British Columbians.”
Susie Chant, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour, said she has personal experience working as a registered nurse team leader in community care with Vancouver Coastal Health on the North Shore.
“I absolutely recognize the need for new and enhanced services to meet growing needs. This is a much-needed improvement to health care here and to all the regional areas this hospital supports, and I’m proud to be a part of the progress.”
“This is a very exciting step forward for our community and one that comes down to generosity of spirit,” said Judy Savage, president and CEO, LGH Foundation.
“We’re so grateful to Paul Myers for his inspirational lead gift, which served as a catalyst in rallying together the more than 6,400 members of our community who so generously supported our campaign to build the new tower at LGH.”