Update: In the days following our Health Summit, the Government of British Columbia announced substantial investment for Surrey Memorial Hospital. We look forward to keeping you up-to-date with more information as we learn more.

A group of about 60 health care stakeholders and community leaders from Surrey and communities south of the Fraser River came together today to discuss the compounding challenges facing the Surrey health care ecosystem, to strategize on solutions, and find consensus on key priorities to advance.

The Surrey Hospitals Foundation convened the Health Summit, with the support of the City of Surrey and participation from health care leaders, including Fraser Health, UBC and SFU, clinical staff representing a cross-section of medical specialties, first responders, and local community leaders.

“As the largest health care fundraising agency in Surrey, we felt it was important to help facilitate a solutions-based conversation in the interests of all of the residents of the region,” said Foundation President and CEO Jane Adams.

The goals of the Summit were to clearly articulate the current gaps in health services south of the Fraser, and to propose solutions for the key priorities that can lead to immediate, mid- and long-term actions.

“It was important to have everyone in the room together,” said Dr. Randeep Gill, an Emergency Physician, Foundation board member and Chair of the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Committee. “We are one team, and we’re here because this is our community and we all want the same thing – better patient care.”

The Surrey Hospitals Foundation will produce a report coming out of today’s Summit, summarizing the key issues, priority solutions and recommended actions.