Surrey Memorial Hospital Sneak Peak
Last month, Iridia attended a public sneak preview of the new Surrey Memorial Hospital emergency department – part of a $512 million redevelopment and expansion.
The sneak preview included a behind-the-scenes tour of the new 5,295-square-metre (57,000-square-foot) space, which is five times bigger than Surrey’s current ER and organized into specific areas and zones to provide efficient, patient-centred care.
The tour also included the separate pediatric emergency department that will serve families throughout the Fraser Health region.
The new ER is an essential part of BC’s growing healthcare services. Surrey’s existing ER was built in 1991 for 44,000 patient visits a year. In 2012, it treated almost 100,000 people. As a result, BC’s busiest ER is often overcrowded. The new ER will change that.
“This new ER will allow health-care workers to deliver exceptional care to individuals and families in a much larger, more modern facility,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “When it opens to the public in October, it will be Canada’s second-largest emergency department, and something for which Surrey residents and British Columbians can feel proud.”
“As a large regional hospital, Surrey Memorial serves residents from the surrounding communities as well as right here in Surrey,” said Surrey-Fleetwood MLA Peter Fassbender. “This new, much larger and more modern emergency department will make a huge difference to patients all across the Lower Mainland and their families, providing them with high quality, patient-focused care.
The Critical Care Tower
The centerpiece of the expansion is an eight-storey Critical Care Tower, fully equipped with the following:
- 48 private rooms in a neonatal centre of excellence, with adjacent paediatric pharmacy
- 25 Intensive Care beds
- 20 beds for seriously ill patients in the High Acuity Unit, plus six more beds on the same floor
- Two medical floors of 36 beds each
- An expanded laboratory
- A rooftop helipad
- More than 440 new parking stalls
- Additional space for SMH’s clinical academic campus
The Surrey Memorial Hospital expansion will address capacity and efficiency well into the future. Iridia is excited to be taking this journey with Fraser Health and look forward to all the benefits the new emergency department will provide once it opens on October 1st.
The team at Iridia has been engaged in the Surrey Memorial Hospital project through assistance in the area of clinical and non-clinical physician services.