Priority One

Maternal & Pediatric Health

We provide exceptional health care and specialized services for women and children.

At this time, the greatest needs for Maternal & Pediatric Health include:

  • the funding of equipment for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • renovations and upgrades to our Family Birthing Unit and Children’s Health Centre
  • funding for the ongoing expenses of our Art Therapy and Music Therapy programs

Maternal and Pediatric Health Care by the Numbers

  • SMH is the regional centre of children’s health care
    • 43% of BC’s children live in our health region
    • See more than 50,000 children every year
  • Busiest maternity ward in BC
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital is the region’s high risk birthing centre
  • Pediatric Emergency Room operated at 220% capacity in 2019
  • Children’s Health Centre
    • Designed with children’s overall wellness in mind – woodland theme to make them feel welcome and to reduce anxiety
    • Pediatric Oncology unit – woodland theme + dedicated playground space
    • Pre- and Post-surgery space
    • Approx. 1,200 children undergo surgery at SMH each year

Child Life Specialists: These pediatric health care professionals work with children and their families to support them in navigating hospitalization, illness, disability and recovery. They use age-appropriate methods to help kids prepare for their medical procedures and manage their post-procedure rehabilitation and recovery. Our Child Life Specialists also incorporate aspects of play in their work as a means of more effectively communicating with kids, while also managing their fears and anxieties during their hospital stay. Child life specialists also provide information and support to parents, siblings and other members of a patient’s family.



Priority Two

Mental Health

We are passionate supporters of mental health services for all ages.

At this time, the greatest needs for mental health include:

  • the funding of our Youth Mental Health Transition Team
  • support to expand our art, music, and recreation therapy programs
  • renovations and upgrades to our Adolescent Psychiatric Unit
  • upgrades to the Surrey Youth Clinic courtyard at the Shirley Dean Pavilion

Child and Youth Mental Health by the Numbers

  • 1 in 5 children and youth will experience some form of mental health problem
  • Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death amongst young people in Canada
  • The impact of this is felt in Surrey, since 43% of BC’s children live in our health region. In fact, 1 in 3 residents of Surrey are under the age of 19.
  • SMH: regional centre for acute children and youth mental health services
    • Mental Health and Substance Use Zone in ER
    • 39 beds – Acute Adult In-patient Unit
    • 12 beds – Psychiatric High Acuity Unit
    • Psychiatric Consult Liaison Team
    • 10 beds – Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit
    • 10 beds – Adolescent Psychiatric Unit
    • Adolescent Day Treatment Program
    • Addiction Medicine Consult Team
    • Clinics:
      • Child and Youth Neuropsychiatry
      • Child and Youth Psychiatry General Teaching
      • Infant Psychiatry

Art, Music and Recreation Therapy: These therapies have seen incredible success in helping children assess and communicate their inner thoughts and feelings. See our Music Therapy program featured on Global News.

Youth Mental Health Transition Team: A team designed to support children and youth with complex needs to successfully transition from hospital care to community care.



Priority Three

Surgery & Cancer Care

We provide the best surgical care, medical talent, and technology for cancer care.

At this time, the greatest needs for surgery and cancer care include:

  • the retrofitting of our urology operating room suites
  • the retrofitting of our gynecology operating room suites

World-class Cancer Care, Right Here in Surrey

  • Interventional Radiology Suite: Cutting-edge technologies that allow for more complex and safer procedures, much faster procedure times, and minimally-invasive techniques. Donor-funded equipment and technology include:
    • Philips Azurion Image Guided Therapy System
    • Microwave Ablation Machine
    • Cryoablation Machine

“There is an ever increasing need for minimally-invasive cancer treatments, and Canada needs to catch up to other G7 countries in providing widespread access to these advanced therapies, which is why I am excited to launch this new IR program and expand our dedicated team of specialists here at SMH to address this need. I am grateful to Surrey Hospitals Foundation and their donors for their investment in our new IR suite, which will be a huge benefit to Surrey and Fraser Valley residents. It’s a game changer.”

– Dr. Behrang Homayoon, Lead Interventional Radiologist at SMH

  • Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blocks for Breast Cancer treatment: An effective method of treating post-surgical pain and a potentially good substitute for powerful narcotics.
    • A recent US study showed that post-operative pain is not adequately managed in more than 80% of patients
    • Poorly controlled acute post-operative pain is associated with increased morbidity, quality-of-life impairment, delayed recovery time, prolonged duration of opioid use, potential addiction, and higher health-care costs
    • Nerve Block procedures allow for pain control during and after surgery, potential to avoid general anesthesia, reduced side effects from pain medications, earlier and easier participation in physiotherapy, and earlier discharge from the hospital

Surrey Memorial Hospital is home to a World-class thoracic surgery team:

  • 1,170 procedures a year, helping patients of all ages
  • Surgeries for lung, stomach and esophageal cancers
  • New technologies allowed for cutting-edge procedures for diagnosis and treatment
    • Less post-operative pain, reduced risk of infection, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery time
    • Precise cancer localization using GPS technology
  • Recruitment of more thoracic surgeons to Surrey, serving the needs of the city and the surrounding communities
  • Training ground for surgeons from across the globe
  • Ground-breaking research to advance cancer treatment


Priority Four

Research & Innovation

We are proud to support cutting-edge research, innovation and education.

At this time, the greatest needs in research and innovation include:

  • ongoing funding for our Indigenous Maternal Health Liaison
  • funding for research into free flap monitoring using novel near infrared spectroscopy for cancer surgery patients


Surrey Research Centre – As the busiest COVID-19 hospital in BC, SMH was particularly challenged. But SMH’s medical teams were very successful and had among the best COVID-19 survival outcomes in the world. With this success, we realized that we had a critical role and responsibility to conduct research. Surrey Hospitals Foundation rallied together donors and the Michael Smith Health Research BC to create Fraser Health’s very first clinical research unit, whose home would be at Surrey Memorial Hospital. The unit consists of 17 researchers, including student research assistants and coordinators. In the unit’s first six months of operation, 69 studies were approved or underway, and its researchers were authors or co-authors on 39 studies.

Free Flap Monitoring Study – Free flap surgery is a procedure that replaces body tissues that had to be removed in patients due to cancerous tumors. There are approximately 2,300 such surgeries in Canada each year, about 100 of which take place at Surrey Memorial Hospital. However, these surgeries have about a 5% failure rate, subjecting patients to further surgery, increased hospital stay, and decreased quality of life. For the health care system, free flap failure can increase surgical and post-operative costs by almost another six-figures. One potential solution is to implement free flap monitoring that can provide early detection of free flap failure in real-time, allowing health care professionals to greatly increase the salvage rate of free flap tissues. Near-infrared spectroscopy in free flap surgery, in particular, is a non-invasive and more reliable monitoring method when compared to traditional clinical exam procedures for detecting flap failure. SMH hopes to fund a robust research program to further explore the viability of using near-infrared spectroscopy to monitor for free flap failure in our ear, neck and throat oncology patients.

Research Science – Surrey Memorial Hospital is home to Fraser Health’s first Senior Clinical Research Scientist.


Indigenous Maternal Health Liaison – This is the first role of its kind in the Fraser Health Authority. As such, we are currently conducting an evaluation process as we build out the role’s objectives, procedures, success metrics and key internal and external stakeholder relationships. When fully-operational, the Indigenous Maternal Health Liaison will work with clinical staff and Indigenous Life-Givers to promote and enhance culturally-safe birth plans and environments through a trauma-informed framework.

Czorny Alzheimer Centre Bakery – The dedicated care givers and staff at Czorny Alzheimer Centre are always looking for ways to improve their residents’ experience. One of the great ideas staff came up with was to create an old-fashioned bakery space. Because of the multi-sensory potential of the idea, it will create both therapeutic activation and social stimulation. Upon opening of the bakery, residents can stroll in and select their own baked goods to enjoy with staff or visiting family and friends. The bakery will also house a baking program where Czorny’s Recreation Therapists and volunteers can engage with residents in making assorted baked goods. This bakery-inspired space will be the first of its kind in an Alzheimer’s care facility.

Spinal Navigation – One of our newest orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Melissa Nadeau, is trialing a Spinal Navigation System. This system not only enables surgeons to be as precise as possible during back surgeries, but also allows such surgeries to be done right here in Surrey—so patients south of the Fraser River can receive the care they need here at home instead of being transferred to Vancouver.