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
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
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Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce
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Wednesday, September 15th, 7:00 pm
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Mike Starchuk is putting the “Fun” in Fundraiser!
Mike Starchuk is a retired firefighter and former city councillor.
On Wednesday, September 15th, Penny Priddy, a former MP, MLA, Minister, city councillor and school board trustee, will join Mike as the guest MC for an evening of Q&A, a game of true or false and a special question from our Premier John Horgan. (Starting online at 7 pm, for about an hour.)
If you have ever wondered who Mike is, and how he got here, wonder no more!
Participants can enjoy a game of “true or false”, with the winner getting lunch with Mike!
“Chief Level” ticket holders will be eligible to submit a question for Mike to answer during the event.
$137 – Chief
$100 – Captain
$75 – Firefighter
$25 – Rookie (YND)
*Please note that we can only accept contributions for this event, from individuals.
If you have any questions, wish to pay by cheque or are a member of the Leader’s Circle, contact June Liu at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.430.8600 x 244.
During the past three weeks, voters have had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Councillor candidates and what they stand for. The dialogues and debates provided forums for the voters to hear us. Surrey voters can now go to the polls and cast their votes for those who will keep the City moving in the right direction.
As a new Councillor candidate, I need to ensure that YOU, the voter, are aware of what YOU can count on, when you elect someone to the City of Surrey Council. I have made every effort to connect to as many of you as possible and will continue to do so right up to the close of polls this Saturday. And, if elected as Councillor for the great City of Surrey, will remain available to my constituents on an ongoing basis.
What Makes Mike Stand Out?
You could vote for someone who reads or hears about some of the issues we have in Surrey. Or you can vote for the person who has been dealing with the issues on a first-hand basis, for years.
You can vote for someone who believes changes may be required at City Hall. Or you can vote for someone who has worked with all of the Departments, and knows where improvement can be made.
You can vote for a person who wants to talk about solutions. Or you can vote for someone who has solutions that need to be moved through our Civic process.
We all agree that public safety is a top priority, but what I have heard, is we need to deal with the root problems and restore a sense of community. Having lived in the same location in Newton for the past 24 years, I can vouch for how well our cul-de-sac works, because we know our neighbours, and we watch out for each other.
The other issues that I have a direct working knowledge of, are those surrounding secondary suites and Surrey’s recovery houses. I am confident that Surrey First can improve the process in which we deal with secondary suite issues. Specifically, the matters of multiple illegal suites, safe and affordable living spaces, parking and additional demands for services for the unaccounted residents living in these illegal suites.
Recovery houses are also a hot topic and hiring more By-Law Officers is not the solution. We need to work with the Ministry of Health, the Fire Department and our existing By-Law Officers to ensure compliance with provincial and municipal regulations. We need to also ensure that those seeking recovery are provided a space that is safe and livable, so they can concentrate on their recovery and again becoming a productive member of our City.
A Team With Experience
To achieve these goals and to move forward, you need to have a team. More importantly, you need to have a team with experience.
With my 32 years as a firefighter, I assure you, experience is paramount in making decisions. Without experience, decisions made in the Fire Service could become disastrous. Experience in a team environment, through mentoring and education, produces the most efficient results. Surrey First has a proven track record and has a team with experienced Councillors as well as some new candidates who have experience in the City and want the opportunity to be mentored as they grow in their new roles as Councillors in the City.
Voting For Surrey First
On November 15th, you have the opportunity to vote for a better Surrey. It will be a daunting task when you look at the ballot and see three columns of names and parties to choose from. You will vote for one Mayor from a list of seven names. To fill eight Councillor positions, you will be presented with 35 choices!
Don’t be fooled by the names of those political slates that have chosen their names to mimic the “Surrey First” brand. I have put Surrey FIRST for the last 32 years as a firefighter, and now I’m asking you to vote for the Surrey First TEAM.
Keep Surrey FIRST as the best place in the world to raise a family.
Make Surrey the FIRST place to work and invest in.
Make Surrey the FIRST place to think of, when looking for world class sports facilities and arts and cultural events.
When you are at the polling station on November 15th, please remember to vote for Linda Hepner for Mayor, Mike Starchuk and the entire Surrey First Team for Surrey Council, and the Surrey First Education Team for Surrey School Trustees.
Thank you for your consideration!