BC Premier John Horgan announced Tuesday that the government is set to commit $1.3 billion towards upgrading Burnaby Hospital.
The new development project is expected to include a multitude of improvements. Two new patient care towers, 400 new beds, an expanded emergency room, and a cancer centre have been announced.
“It’s been 40 years since the last upgrade to this facility and that’s way too long” said Horgan at the announcement press conference.
Built in the 1950’s, Burnaby Hospital currently sports less than 300 beds, while receiving approximately 70,000 visits every year.
The hospital has received some upgrades in years past, but is still often the subject of overcrowding complaints. Earlier this summer, the hospital made visitor parking at the hospital free. (Some argue that ER parking across all Canadian hospitals should be free, too.)
Reporters learned over the weekend that a press conference was scheduled for Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix. Rumours immediately began swirling.
Some speculated that Burnaby was going to get a new hospital, but this news might actually be better.
A new hospital would’ve likely seen a much longer development period, whereas a redevelopment of the existing hospital could potentially be completed much sooner.
Further details about the redevelopment project are expected to be announced at a later date.
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