A Look at the New Critical Care Tower at Surrey Memorial Hospital

At Iridia, we are very excited to see all the progress on the $512 million expansion and redevelopment project at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

The Critical Care Tower at Surrey Memorial Hospital

The centerpiece of the expansion is an eight-storey Critical Care Tower, fully equipped with the following:

  • New emergency department (five times larger than the current one)
  • Dedicated neonatal centre (including 48 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) beds)
  • Teaching and research space
  • Rooftop helipad
  • More parking
  • More beds
    • 25 Intensive Care beds
    • 25 beds for seriously ill patients in the High Acuity Unit
    • Two medical floors of 25 beds each
    • An expanded laboratory

Virtual Tour

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Renovations to the existing hospital will complement the new tower. They include:

  • Expanding the Family Birthing Unit and increasing number of single-family rooms in it
  • An enlarged and renovated north entrance to the hospital
  • Renovations to the kitchen so that it will have the capacity to handle the demands of the new tower
  • Renovations to provide additional space to Sterile Processing & Supply
  • Renovations to the Linens and Logistics areas to provide better work flow and increased capacity, and
  • Other infrastructure upgrades that will benefit the entire campus

August 2012 Construction Images

With the help of our team at Iridia, the Surrey Memorial Hospital expansion will address capacity and efficiency, well into the future. At Iridia, we engage with this project by providing assistance in the area of clinical and non-clinical physician services.

We are excited to be taking this journey with Fraser Health and look forward to all the benefits the Critical Care Tower will provide once open.

Opening Dates:

Emergency Department: Fall 2013
Rest of Tower: Spring 2014

Wood Can Heal!

Those of us lucky enough to see the 2010 Winter Olympic Games first hand were given an opportunity to see how BC’s wood timber can be incorporated into the design and display of many breath taking buildings and venues.

Wood Can Heal

How about the incorporation of the beauty and aesthetics of wood into patient healing?

Research into the psychological and sociological phenomena associated with old age and aging (gerontology) has demonstrated how the aesthetics of a healthcare facility can positively impact the healing outcomes of patients.  CEI Architect Michael Naught and Fraser Health Authority Executive Marco Buccini explained how the use of wood is essential to the new Surrey Memorial Critical Care Tower design in an interview with Naturally Wood:

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In the new tower, wood was used in the tower design to create a calm, caring and stress free environment in a time of crisis.  This a great example of how the improvement of healthcare is being examined by all kinds of different citizens, stakeholders, professionals and clinicians.

At Iridia we are always looking to partner with innovative approaches to healthcare delivery like the building of the new SMH Critical Care tower.  Our inventive approaches help our clients build a stress free problem solving process for their major projects.

Being part of the Critical Care Tower planning, we at Iridia are proud to be part of such an innovative and ground breaking centre for healthcare for the residents of the Fraser Valley.

Surrey Memorial Hospital Redevelopment

Last week we talked about advances in hospital architecture and design in our blog post The Five Star Hospital. The five star hospital is a great concept built around delivering the best possible patient care through non utilitarian means. 

Surrey Memorial Hospital Redevelopment

Why not create a hospital that not only functions well, but also gives patients and healthcare staff a place to feel comfortable? The new Surrey Memorial Hospital Redevelopment and Critical Care Tower aim to do just that. Creating a warm and welcoming facility is one of the key components of the expansion. 

Work is underway on a $512 million expansion and redevelopment project at Surrey Memorial Hospital. The centerpiece of this is an eight-storey Critical Care Tower that significantly continues to grow Surrey’s campus of Care.

The Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) was built in 1959 and served a population of 50,000 at the time. Over the years, SMH has undergone many transformations to meet the ever increasing demand. Currently Surrey has a population of 440,000 and continues to grow at a rapid pace.

With the help of our team at Iridia, the SMH expansion will address capacity and efficiency, well into the future. We are engaged with this project by providing assistance in the area of clinical and non-clinical physician services. We have led and facilitated meetings and discussions in physician leadership to gather data for projecting the needs of the new Critical Care Tower.

Watch this video to learn about the new Critical Care Tower now under construction at Surrey Memorial Hospital.


Key areas of the Surrey Memorial Hospital upgrade:

  • Upgraded infrastructure
  • Increased capacity of existing units
  • Expanded family birthing unit
  • Expanded pharmacy
  • New lobby

Key areas of the Critical Care Tower expansion:

  • 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 new Emergency Centre is scheduled to open in 2013, while the rest of the Tower will be complete a year later.
Click on the images to see a detailed overview of the SMH expansion and Critical Care Tower.

With the population of Surrey expected to grow by an estimated 9,000 people per year, the SMH expansion is vital to the region.  The expansion and re-development of SMH will mean a significant improvement to patient care in Surrey, and will complement the new Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre.

The Five Star Hospital

Patients need much more than just medication and skilled treatment in order to get well. At least that is what recent studies have shown. Coupled with patient feedback, there is strong argument hospital architecture and design plays an important role in the healing process.   

The Five Star Hospital

St. Josef Hospital and Pediatric Clinic in Neunkirchen, Germany recently underwent a major overhaul. From the ground up, the hospital has been redesigned to exude comfort and friendliness. Upon entering the foyer of the new facility, patients are welcomed with warm colours and a waiting area containing piano. 

 Five Star Hospital

The stylish atmosphere doesn’t stop there. The rooms have been given a makeover giving the impression one is home in their living room rather than a hospital. Simple items such as curtains and moveable cupboards give patients a sense of balance and control over their environment. Even equipment manufacturers are applying a little comfort to their designs. They believe it is important for the equipment to not only perform well, but also be pleasant to look at.

“The patients say that they immediately feel as though they’re in a five-star hotel,” reports Dr. Ernst Konrad, Chief Physician of the Clinic for Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine.

It’s not just the patients who are benefiting from the inspiring changes. Doctors and nurses are finding it easier to do their work, and here too the rooms are more comfortable and colorful than those in the previous hospital building. Originating in North America, this trend has been spreading across Europe at a feverish pace. The focus is not only on providing expert medical care but also on creating a feel-good atmosphere.

Are you looking for a decent hospital stay? Well I doubt it… but if you do happen to find yourself in a hospital, you won’t have to look far for comfort. Iridia is currently working with British Columbia’s largest health authority, Fraser Health in developing the new Critical Care Tower at Surrey Memorial Hospital. The $512 million investment is the largest ever in the Province of B.C. in a health care facility.

Similar to St. Josef in Germany, the new Critical Care Tower will focus on delivering a welcoming space to all patients and staff alike.

These artists’ renderings are sure to please the eyes.

Five Star HospitalFive Star Hospital

Stay tuned, as next week we will be posting a full overview of the new Critical Care Tower, the layout, service offerings and timeline for opening.