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BACKGROUNDER: Improvements to VGH Emergency Department

July 16th, 2007
Vancouver General Hospital Emergency Department renovation– Facts and figures:

  • Established in 1886, Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) is the largest teaching, research, and referral hospital for trauma and specialized care in British Columbia;
  • Full spectrum of medical and surgical services offered, ranging from community outreach programs for the citizens of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland to specialized tertiary and quaternary services to the people of British Columbia;
  • Number of acute care beds: 533;
  • Number of Emergency Department cases: 66,370 (2006/07).
  • Renovation project launched in December 2005, completed in late March 2007;
  • Total cost: $3,658,089, exclusive of CT scanner;
  • Patient beds increased from 22 to 28;
  • Sliding glass doors between most beds improve infection control, privacy and confidentiality;
  • Radiology within the ED reconfigured to create a reception area and space for the first dual-source CT scanner in Canada;
  • Negative pressure triage area protects patients, staff in the event of pandemic;
  • Security features allows for lockdown, ensuring safety of patients, staff;
  • Addition of psychiatric observation rooms;
  • New nurses station at the southeast corner improves traffic flow;
  •  Doctors’ and nurses’ lounge areas improved. 

For more information:
Marisa Adair
Communications Director
Ministry of Health
Tel: 250.952.1887
Cell: 250.920.8500


Viviana Zanocco
Senior Media Relations Officer
Vancouver Coastal Health
Cell: 604.612.8053