Earlier this week, members of our Board of Directors and our Senior Leadership Team attended the ground-breaking of the New Surrey Hospital and Cancer Centre. As construction begins on this new facility, we are excited to see another big milestone achieved for the healthcare of residents south of the Fraser River. People in Surrey and the surrounding communities are a significant step closer to receiving life-saving services and expanded care, close to home.
“As Chief Grace George so poignantly said at the ground-breaking ceremony—we acknowledge the hard work and dedication needed for this project to come to fruition; it is a time to celebrate” said Jane Adams, President and CEO of Surrey Hospitals Foundation. “And on that note, we are proud to work with our charitable funding partners at BC Cancer Foundation on this New Surrey Hospital and Cancer Centre that is a vital step forward in providing life-saving healthcare services for all residents south of the Fraser River.”
The New Surrey Hospital and Cancer Centre builds on the momentum of our commitment to collaboratively supporting a long-term and comprehensive response to the ever-growing needs of Surrey as the regional hub of healthcare south of the Fraser River. It follows the historical announcement made by the provincial government of a 30-point plan to bring expanded services to Surrey Memorial Hospital that, among many other projects, includes the construction of Surrey’s first cardiac cath labs.
“Surrey has been experiencing tremendous growth and people are struggling to get the health services they need while health-care workers are burning out,” said Premier David Eby. “We’re taking urgent action while carefully planning for the future. As we break ground on the new, state-of-the-art Surrey hospital and cancer centre, work continues on immediate actions to improve health services in the region, so everyone gets the timely, high-quality health care they need.”
The future is bright for healthcare in Surrey. The combination of the province’s 30-point plan for Surrey Memorial Hospital and the building of the New Surrey Hospital and Cancer Centre is what our community needs—a long-term and comprehensive response to the ever-growing demands of Surrey as the regional hub of healthcare south of the Fraser River.
As Surrey grows, its needs for healthcare grow alongside it
About Surrey’s growth in population:
- Surrey has been growing at a rate of 9.7% annually.
- It is estimated that approximately 1000 new residents are moving to Surrey each month.
- Based on recent growth rates the estimated current population of Surrey is thought to be more than 600,000 people.
- With growth, Surrey also faces other challenges linked to growth in number of homelessness and the drug-toxicity crisis.
What will be in the New Surrey Hospital?
This new state-of-the-art hospital will:
- Bring 168 more hospital beds and an emergency department with 55 treatment spaces
- Provide annual capacity for more than 28,000 surgical procedures for an aging and growing population;
- Add annual capacity for nearly 280,000 additional exams in medical imaging;
- Channel nearly 120,000 emergency department visits per year away from other Fraser Health hospitals; and
- Provide cancer care capacity for 105,000 ambulatory oncology care visits, 50,000 radiation therapy visits, and 22,000 chemotherapy visits.