People in Surrey are a significant step closer to better access to health care as the Province is breaking ground on a new second hospital in Surrey and new cancer centre.
“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 second hospital in Surrey will bring 168 more hospital beds, including medical/surgical beds, high acuity beds and medical oncology beds, and a second emergency department for the community with 55 treatment spaces and access to specialists through virtual technologies.
It will include a surgical/perioperative suite with five operating rooms, four procedure rooms and virtual care options in all clinical service areas, such as virtual intake, emergency followups, outpatient clinics and pre- and post-surgical care, as well as robotics, wearable technology and smart beds.
Fraser Health has executed a Design-Build Agreement with Ellis-Don Design Build Inc., which will be responsible for completing the design and construction of the new facility, making Surrey the first community in decades to get a second hospital.
“The new Surrey hospital and cancer centre gives us a rare opportunity to build a net-new hospital and cancer centre that will add much-needed capacity for health-care services in the community,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The facts are the people of the fast-growing Surrey community need a second hospital and they need it as soon as soon as possible. So, despite significant cost escalation due to inflation, supply-chain disruptions and labour shortages, we are moving forward to deliver the new state-of-the-art hospital and cancer centre.”
Adding a second hospital in Surrey will also bring a large medical-imaging department, including three CT scanners and two MRI machines, as well as a pharmacy, a full-service laboratory that can perform biochemistry, hematology and transfusions, and academic spaces. As well, a dedicated area for spiritual care and family gatherings will support cultural diversity and spiritual practices.
“The new hospital in Surrey will provide annual capacity for more than 28,000 surgical procedures, 280,000 additional medical-imaging exams and 120,000 emergency department visits with the addition of a second emergency department to serve the community,” Dix said.
In addition to building a second hospital in Surrey, the community will also have a BC Cancer Centre with a 50-room oncology ambulatory care unit. The new Surrey cancer centre will include 54 chemotherapy treatment spaces and room for six linear accelerators for radiation therapy to provide care and support for people diagnosed with cancer, two PET/CTs and a cyclotron. This new centre is expected to provide approximately 105,000 ambulatory oncology care visits, 50,000 radiation therapy visits and 22,000 chemotherapy visits each year.
The cancer centre in Surrey is a part of B.C.’s 10-year B.C. cancer action plan, which outlines immediate steps to prevent, detect and treat cancers and deliver improved care for people facing cancer.
A new stand-alone 49-space child care centre will be built to support on-site health-care professionals, making it one of the first health-care capital projects to include on-site child care services.
“Today marks a significant milestone in our journey to build a new hospital that will truly transform the experience of hospital care. Our services are continuing to grow and evolve with our communities to be sustainable while reducing our environmental footprint,” said Dr. Victoria Lee, Fraser Health president and CEO. “Leading B.C.’s first generation of smart hospitals, the new Surrey Hospital and BC Cancer Centre will embed data insights and new technologies into both the design of the facility and delivery of clinical care. This will empower a more patient- and family-centred experience and equip our staff and medical staff to deliver the highest quality care.”
The new state-of-the-art smart hospital will be digitally equipped and technologically advanced. It will be a fully electric hospital, one of the first in Canada. Its central location will also provide opportunities to integrate services with nearby hospitals to better support patients.
Construction of this new hospital and cancer centre is anticipated to be complete in 2029 and open in 2030. It will cater to the growing and complex needs of people. The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $2.88 billion.
This announcement builds on additional actions to transform health care in Surrey. In June 2023, the Province, along with Fraser Health, committed to implementing 30 immediate medium and long-term actions to improve the delivery of health-care services for patients and health-care worker in Surrey.
Government will continue working together with Fraser Health and other partners to further support health-care workers and the patients they care for now and into the future. This includes building a second medical school in Surrey, which will be the first entirely new medical school in Western Canada in 55 years.
What people are saying about the new Surrey Hospital and BC Cancer Centre
Mike Starchuk, MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale –
“As a former firefighter, I know the importance of having increased access to cancer care and emergency services; having a new hospital and cancer care centre is great news for the people of Surrey and the region. These facilities will provide increased health-care services for patients who need access to emergency treatment, operations and imaging. Health-care professionals will also be working with cutting-edge facilities, providing greater support for those who need it most.”
Jagrup Brar, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood –
“The new BC Cancer Centre and hospital in Surrey will provide people with more life-saving treatment space and increased therapy facilities close to home. This means patients will get the medical treatment they need with the important support of family and loved ones. We are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art health care, now and into the future.”
Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers –
“With the groundbreaking of this hospital, we lay not just bricks and mortar, but the foundation of a healthier and brighter tomorrow for our community. This new facility shows that we are making progress, addressing the increasing demand for the health care in Surrey and ensuring the quality medical services are accessible to all.”
Garry Begg, MLA for Surrey-Guildford –
“In a fast-growing city like Surrey, the new hospital is essential as a beacon of hope and an opportunity to expand our health-care services to meet the needs of our dynamic community, where every resident’s well-being matters. As well, the BC Cancer Centre represents our commitment to those facing the toughest of battles, ensuring the best care is close at hand.”
Harry Bains, MLA for Surrey-Newton –
“We are continuing to work proactively to accommodate the future demand for health-care services in British Columbia, especially in growing communities like Surrey. The new Surrey Hospital and BC Cancer Centre will help us meet the current needs of the community, while ensuring people in Surrey and throughout the province have appropriate health-care support as they age.”
Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley –
“Providing timely and accessible health care and ensuring a cancer-free future for more people in British Columbia are two of the highest priorities within our health-care system; the new Surrey Hospital and BC Cancer Centre brings us closer to making these goals a reality.”
Ravi Kahlon, MLA for Delta North –
“We know that people in the Surrey and the North Delta region need more access to health care. The new Surrey Hospital and BC Cancer Centre is going to transform the delivery of health-care services for our communities and help ensure that people can get the care they need sooner, and closer to home.”
Jinny Sims, MLA for Surrey-Panorama –
“We are excited to see work begin on the new hospital that will serve our developing community. This hospital will provide additional care and resources closer to home for many families and reflects our commitment to delivering quality care to our community.”
David Byres, president and chief executive officer, Provincial Health Services Authority –
“We are excited to reach this important milestone for the new Surrey hospital and BC Cancer Centre. People living in Surrey and surrounding communities will soon have greater access to life-saving, patient-centred cancer care with the building of a cancer centre at the new Surrey hospital. This will complement services already provided at our existing BC Cancer Centre in Surrey and provide more access, care and support for patients and families facing cancer.”
Heather Findlay, chief operating officer, BC Cancer –
“Today marks an important step towards expanding life-saving cancer care. The new Surrey hospital and BC Cancer Centre will improve access to cancer care services in the community, leading to better health outcomes. This additional cancer centre in Surrey will help meet the demand for expanded cancer services for people living in the fastest growing community in B.C.”
FUNDING SECURED FOR CLOVERDALE AGRIPLEX
The future of agricultural innovation in Cloverdale shines brighter as significant funding of $1million has been secured for the Cloverdale Agriplex Project. Now the community can witness a transformative force in shaping the future agriculture and resilient farming sectors for the years to come.
Click here to read more: Tourism_funding_April2023.pdf (gov.bc.ca)
GOVERNMENT FUNDING BOOSTS CLOVERDALE COMMUNITY KITCHEN’S SENIOR OUTREACH
Government funding expands Cloverdale Community Kitchen in meal delivery to Seniors in Surrey. The government – funded expansion in providing essential meals to seniors is a considerate initiative, the Cloverdale Community Kitchen continues to serve.
Click here to read more: Wheeling in more meals for seniors in Surrey | BC Gov News
GOVERNMENT FUNDING DRIVES KWANTLEN’S EV TRAINING PROGRAM
Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Leadership in Zero Emission Vehicles Education boosted by Government Funding. With a keen focus on the future of transportation and ecological sustainability, the university is geared to equip students with the expertise required to excel in the ever-evolving automotive arena.
Find out more here: KPU in next wave of zero emission vehicle training | KPU.ca
Don’t forget! There is one more Cloverdale Market Days, this year… (there won’t be one next weekend, because of the Labour Day Long Weekend) …but hope to see you there, on September 16th!
For more details on Cloverdale Market Days, please click here: Cloverdale Market Days
We had such a great time last month at the Cloverdale Market Days, that we are going to do it all again on Saturday June 24th 10:00am-3:00pm.
Come by our booth and make a cheerio bird feeder or enter for a chance to win two tickets to:
“Gone Country – Here For The Cure – Cancer Fundraiser”, at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, on July 22nd.
(Find out more about this awesome concert and fundraiser, here!)
So much to see, do and taste at the Cloverdale Market, all in the name of supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs.
We are looking for volunteers to help with community events!
All ages and abilities welcome to join us and help make connections in our city.
For more information please email our office!
If you have any questions or concerns regarding a Provincial issue, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office at 778-571-5503 or by email to Mike.Starchuk.MLA@leg.bc.ca
As we approach the first warm weekend of the year, being prepared to deal with warmer than seasonal temperature is essential. Here are some tips to beat the heat and safely enjoy the days ahead!
- Drink lots of water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.
- If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask about increasing the amount of water you can drink while the weather is hot.
- Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car. Temperatures can rise to 52°C (125°F) within 20 minutes in an enclosed vehicle when the outside temperature is 34°C (93°F). Leaving the car windows slightly open or “cracked” will not keep the inside of the vehicle at a safe temperature.
- Seek out an air-conditioned facility (shopping centre, library, community centre or restaurant).
- Use public splash pools, water parks or pools or take a cool bath or shower.
- At extremely high temperatures, fans alone are not effective. Applying cool water mist or wet towels is a quick way to cool off.
- Wear loose, light-weight clothing. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- At home: open windows, close shades, use an air conditioner (if you have one) and prepare meals that do not require an oven.
- Avoid sunburn: stay in the shade and use sunscreen with SPF 15 or more.
Check-in on others
- People living alone are at high risk of severe heat-related illness. Check regularly on older people, and those who are unable to leave their homes, for signs of heat-related illness.
- Ask whether people know how to prevent heat-related illness and are doing the same.
- If others are unwell, move them to a cool shady spot, help them get hydrated and call for medical assistance if appropriate.
- Listen to local news and weather channels
- For more information on heat-related illness, call HealthLink BC at 811
For more information and tips, visit the BC Government Website here
Don’t forget to support the Cloverdale Rodeo May 19th – 22nd and come check us out in the Parade!
Or visit our family friendly craft table on May 27th at Cloverdale Market Days where you can plant your own sunflower and grow your own wildflowers!
If you have any questions or concerns regarding a Provincial issue, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office at 778-571-5503, or by email to Mike.Starchuk.MLA@leg.bc.ca
It was my honour to address the BC Professional Fire Fighters at the 12th Annual Robert E. Hall Legislative Conference on March 6th. Cancer Screening for fire fighters and psychological safety training are always top of mind, as is paying respect to the BCPFFA members who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives to the communities they served in.
Mike’s Community Stars – Small Business Shout Out!
You can find Just Cakes Bakeshop, and all their many delicious offerings, in the heart of Cloverdale… Unit 103 – 17767 64 Ave, Surrey. You can find them online, at Just Cakes Bakeshop (justcakesbc.com)
Easter Colouring Contest
All entries must be returned in person, on or before March 31, 2023,
Location: #104 17610 65A Avenue
Grand prize winners will be randomly selected and notified by email on April 11, 2023
Around Town Calendar of Events
- March 24 & 25 – Fibres West 2023 – Cloverdale Agriplex
Fibres West is Western Canada’s most varied and longest-running Fibre Arts Trade Show. The event will showcase weaving, spinning, felting, knitting, rug hooking, lace making, embellishment, dyeing, carding, fiber guilds, clubs, local teachers, and more. Find out more at Fibres West (fibre2fashion.com)
- March 25 – Celtic Fest – Museum of Surrey
Get your Celtic on! Be entertained by Celtic music and dancing, explore community group booths, and learn about the Celtic community in British Columbia. Find out more at Celtic Fest (chatterblock.com)
- March 24 – Coffee and Conversation with Mike Starchuk – Surrey-Cloverdale MLA
The Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce invites you to join Mike Starchuk, MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale for an intimate gathering with discussion on local issues. This is an opportunity to have your comments heard, questions answered and listen to what your local representative is currently working on in your community.
Admission is free, but seating is limited, so please reserve your spot today, at http://www.cloverdalechamber.ca
Friday March 24, from 5:00 to 6:00 PM at 5738 176th Street, Cloverdale
Community Quick Links & Resources
Province of BC
City of Surrey
Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce
Sources Community Resource Centre
Call 811 for free of charge Provincial health and information
Call 211 for a free confidential multilingual service that provides resources for assistance
For non emergency health information and advice click here
If you have any questions or concerns regarding a Provincial issue, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office at 778-571-5503, or by email to Mike.Starchuk.MLA@leg.bc.ca
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The start of a New Year is a chance to reflect on what we accomplished in the last 12 months and look ahead to our goals and plans for the next 12.
As a province, we faced a fair number of challenges in 2022 and as your provincial government, we worked hard to tackle them.
While COVID-19 and the drug toxicity crisis put increased strain on our healthcare system, we took action to strengthen it. A new payment model for family doctors will help keep more physicians in family practices and clinics. And we are making it easier for nurses and doctors who got their education abroad to be able to work in our healthcare system and help patients. We’re also building a new medical school at SFU in Surrey, to train more doctors who will practice in the province.
Being able to find affordable housing is a top concern for many British Columbians. In addition to building hundreds of new affordable rental homes across the province and opening up more vacant condos for rent, we introduced a homebuyer protection period, which came into effect at the start of 2023.
The other top concern I hear from people is about ensuring everyone in their community is safe. In 2022, we invested $230 million towards strengthening rural and specialized police teams over the next three years. We secured a commitment from the federal government to address bail provisions to prevent repeat offenses.
On January 31, the decriminalization of adults who possess small amounts of illegal drugs for personal use will take effect. Health Canada has granted B.C. an exemption for three years. This move is expected to help reduce the stigma of drug addiction and make it easier for drug users to get support, including substance use treatment. It will remain illegal for youth to possess drugs, or for anyone to sell drugs or have large quantities.
We are also starting the year with two brand-new, stand-alone ministers to tackle two pressing issues that were formerly part of other larger ministries.
The Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness will be dedicated to preparing for and managing our response to emergencies like floods, storms and earthquakes, which we know will become more frequent as we adapt to climate change.
The new Minister of Housing will be tasked with building more affordable housing for individuals, families and seniors, as well as helping communities better regulate short-term rentals, and fighting the increased costs caused by short-term flipping.
2023 is sure to bring us new challenges, as well as new opportunities. I am looking forward to continuing to serve British Columbians, and working alongside my colleagues and the people of this province to make it a better place to live.
~ Mike Starchuk – MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale
(Originally posted, as an OP-ED, in the CFJC Online Edition)