Fraser Health embarks on first stage of master plan for Burnaby Hospital's future

Fraser Health is spending an estimated $230,000 on the first stage of a master planning process for Burnaby Hospital, the Ministry of Health announced Friday afternoon.

When completed, the plan will guide capital decisions for hospital improvements and future expansion opportunities on the existing Burnaby Hospital site, said a ministry press release.

The planning process, conducted in partnership with the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, will look at how the hospital can be redeveloped to better respond to the demands of health care and changes in technology and the way health care is delivered.

Following the first stage of the process, in which all interests both inside and outside the hospital are heard, a team of architects and planners will then design space and development options utilizing the input. The aim is to produce options that will show how the site can develop in phases to 2030.

The first stage process will be completed in the fall, when recommendations will be made to the ministry for consideration.

Fraser Health is conducting similar exercises at several community hospitals, including Delta, Peace Arch and Eagle Ridge hospitals.

"This combined activity will enable Fraser Health to clearly articulate the role of each community hospital and better prioritize capital investment and facility improvement opportunities."

"The high-level master-planning process underway at Burnaby Hospital is a first step in the redevelopment of the Burnaby Hospital campus and will ensure the hospital is well-positioned to continue to serve the growing population and changing demographics within Burnaby and surrounding communities," said Health Minister Michael de Jong.

Added Fraser Health CEO and president Nigel Murray, "This comprehensive planning framework will ensure our resources are focused on the highest and best use of Burnaby Hospital's land and space. This is paramount to our ability to make decisions on capital improvements and land planning over the long term."

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