Acute Care Short-term treatment for a severe injury, illness, urgent medical condition, or during recovery from surgery.
Critical Care Specialized treatment for people with life-threatenting injuries or illnesses.
Primary Care First point of contact care in the health care system usually a clinic or family doctor.
Community Care Services that help people to receive care at home instead of a hospital or long-term care facility.
Academic Health Sciences Centre A partnership between one or more universities and health care providers focussing on research, clinical services, education and training.
Integrated Care A global trend in health care aimed at reducing fragmentation of services and enabling better more coordinated and continuous care.

the new St. Pauls

A unique opportunity to design health care solutions for the future from the ground up

Providence Health Care is committed to developing a world-class provincial hospital and adjacent programs and services at the new St. Paul’s on Station Street.

Planning for the new St. Paul’s will take several years. It will incorporate the latest thinking in health care delivery and technological innovation as well as best practices in infrastructure planning and redevelopment. There will be numerous engagement opportunities for patients and their families, local communities, care providers and other key stakeholders to share their ideas and help shape the plans during every phase of planning. Learn more about how you can get involved.


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

April 13, 2015
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
Summer - Fall 2016
Fall 2016 - Winter 2017
2018 - 2024
Project Announcement
Clinical Service Planning
Programming & Space Planning
Development of Plans for the New St. Paul's
Procurement & Construction
New St. Paul's Completed

Project Announcement: April 13, 2015

Plans to develop a new St. Paul’s and integrated health campus at Station Street were announced on April 13, 2015 by Providence Health Care, in partnership with the BC Ministry of Health. The project will consist of a new world-class provincial acute care hospital and numerous integrated seniors, mental health, substance use and other services to be built on an 18.4-acre site in Vancouver’s False Creek Flats.

Clinical Service Planning: Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

The Clinical Service Plan identifies current volumes of care being delivered at St. Paul’s to our patient populations and communities, and presents forecasts for future health needs and required service volumes. It also identifies the clinical programs and services that should be incorporated into the new health campus and recommends opportunities for transforming some of our models of care and potentially establishing new services. Providence Health Care is working closely with physicians, nurses, medical staff, researchers and other hospital staff across Providence. We are also working closely with patient representatives and community stakeholders as well as the BC Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Provincial Health Services Authority and Fraser Health.

Programming & Space Planning: Summer - Fall 2016

Functional Programming & Master Site Plan
The Functional Program focuses on the space requirements for all the clinical and non-clinical services and identified all activities needed to support the vision for the new St. Paul’s and the models of care, including staffing requirements, design guidance, critical dependencies and adjacencies and supporting design requirements. A master site plan tests the “fit” of the buildings on the site and is accompanied by a high-level concept design to illustrate stacking and adjacencies (where departments are located and which departments they are located next to) and the circulation and flows of those spaces.

Indicative Design
The indicative design phase of planning identifies the functional requirements and the arrangement of space at a more detailed level, both within and between departments. This includes testing of health-care flows, clinical and non-clinical support requirements, as well as appropriate technology and equipment. Work in this phase will establish the layout for the buildings, confirm the assumptions in the functional program and establish the supporting building systems.

Development of Plans for the New St. Paul's: Fall 2016 - Winter 2017

Our plans for the new St. Paul’s Hospital and health campus will include comprehensive information on the clinical services and care programs, how they will be designed and delivered and how much the project will cost. These plans will be submitted to the provincial government for approval before the project’s procurement and construction phases begin.

Procurement & Construction: 2018 - 2024

This phase includes procurement and other logistics required to start building the project: requests for proposals, feasibility studies, engineering, inspections, detailed architectural work, equipment and materials acquisition and construction.

New St. Paul's Completed: 2024

The anticipated timeline to complete construction of the new St. Paul’s is the year 2024. Further detailed planning will be required to determine all facets and timelines of the redevelopment, including transition plans from the current site on Burrard Street to the new site on Station Street.

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the new St. Paul’s

Providence Health Care is working closely with physicians, researchers and other staff and care providers across Providence, community and patient groups throughout the province, as well as the BC Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Provincial Health Services Authority, Fraser Health, St. Paul’s Foundation and the City of Vancouver on planning for the new St. Paul’s.

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