It’s the largest donation by a private citizen to a single medical facility in Canadian history, and B.C.’s favourite billionaire is coming through with some big cash for the new St. Paul’s Hospital location.
A $75-million donation is leading to what will now be known as the “Jim Pattison Medical Centre.”
The health campus on the 18.4-acre site on the False Creek Flats will reportedly change how hospitals traditionally operate.
In an interview on the Simi Sara Show, Director of Clinical Planning for the project Dr. Jeff Pyke says a large part of that is increasing the effectiveness of emergency rooms.
LISTEN: Dr. Jeff Pyke talks to Simi Sara
According to Dr. Pyke, moving toward specialized clinics is how St. Paul’s is looking to do that.
“You would know when you leave the hospital that if something goes wrong, or if my pain increases, or if there’s any unscheduled problem that you go back to that team. So rather than showing up to the emergency department, you show up to that clinic.”
Pyke says this is just one part of their vision for the new site, and that Pattison’s donation gives them the freedom to make that vision a reality.
“This allows us to really have an anchoring point and a completely blank slate campus where we can build totally new. That is a unique opportunity that will not happen again in our lifetimes.”
The campus will not only be home to the new St. Paul’s Hospital, but also other important medical and research facilities.
That includes the Provincial Heart Centre, the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and others.
Construction on the new hospital site is slated to begin in 2018, and they hope to complete construction by 2023.
With files from Tristan Martin-Woodhouse