New St. Paul's Hospital and Health Campus: Social Impact Assessment
Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital provides health services to the Lower Mainland and the entire province. It is home to many world-class and often unique medical and surgical programs and is one of two academic health sciences centres in British Columbia. The hospital is recognized internationally for its work and helps set standards for best practices around the world.
The original St. Paul’s Hospital opened on Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver in 1894. The facility is now aging and is no longer able to provide for modern and efficient medical practice, or meet future demand. After many years of planning and consideration of alternatives, Providence Health Care has decided to apply for the opportunity to relocate St. Paul’s Hospital from its current position on Burrard Street in the West End, to a custom designed integrated health campus on a vacant Station Street site located in the False Creek Flats.
The initial concept of the development on the 7.5-hectare site includes a health campus and a retail, office, commercial and research-related area in the first phase, followed by a future phase accommodating further health-related uses. The City of Vancouver supports this major project and is pursuing a Policy Statement Planning Process for the site. Providence Health Care indicates that the business plan for the new hospital and health campus will be completed in 2016 and, after approval by the BC Government, tendering will proceed. Parts or all of this project, could be delivered through a public-private partnership (P3) procurement model. Current estimates are that construction of the new hospital and health campus may commence in 2018, with project completion estimated for 2023.
This Social Impact Assessment identifies the potential social impacts of this mega-project, informs site policy and recommends mitigation strategies.
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