Renewal of St. Paul’s Hospital

Since 1894, St. Paul’s Hospital has provided British Columbians with compassionate and innovative care and contributed to new developments in HIV/AIDS treatment, mental health awareness and treatment, and the advancement of cardiopulmonary and renal surgical techniques through its dedication to research and ongoing collaboration.

Where we’re heading

On June 13, 2012, Premier Christy Clark announced that the provincial government is moving ahead on developing the concept plan for the redevelopment of St. Paul’s Hospital.

In 2010, Providence Health Care (PHC), which operates St. Paul’s Hospital, put together a detailed 190-page Renewal Concept Plan for St. Paul’s. The Ministry of Health and PHC will immediately begin work to finalize the concept plan, noting the detailed planning will need to account for the complexities of maintaining necessary care for patients on the current site when the project gets underway. It is expected the final concept plan and a more detailed business plan will be complete by 2014. The redevelopment timeframe will be determined through the business plan process.

The main recommendation for the first phase of the renewal plan is the construction of a state-of-the-art integrated ambulatory care, research and teaching facility that will consolidate more than 95 per cent of St. Paul’s diverse ambulatory services in a single purpose-built environment.

Why renewal is needed

Although St. Paul’s Hospital is currently located in a beautiful downtown Vancouver character building, the current set up does not adequately meet population requirements, seismic requirements, and current space requirements. St. Paul’s staff, services and programs have outgrown the hospital’s current space.


St. Paul’s is increasingly challenged by the age, condition and configuration of its facilities, with some of its buildings being nearly a century old. None of the buildings will survive an earthquake or other major disaster. Other critical infrastructure issues include elevators, wiring and emergency generators.


As Vancouver continues to grow, St. Paul’s needs to grow with it to adequately treat patients. In particular, the hospital has already seen tremendous growth in cost-saving outpatient care, with a 33-per-cent growth in outpatient care in the past five years and a 24-per-cent increase in day surgeries.


The new integrated ambulatory care, research and teaching facility will consolidate services that are currently spread among 50 different departments in 19 locations on nine floors. A hospital study found a central location could reduce wait times by 40 per cent.

Watch this space for more information

St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation is excited to keep our supporters updated on how the renewal plans are proceeding.