The Government of British Columbia announced it has approved the business plan and funding for the construction of a state-of-the-art Clinical Support and Research Centre (CSRC) at the new St. Paul’s Hospital.

“This new research centre will help define the future of medicine,” said Premier David Eby. “We are going to see scientific breakthroughs translated into real-world health care, delivering better services and treatments for patients. B.C. is becoming a global hub for life sciences and today’s announcement will help us to continue to attract the best scientists and researchers to our province, as well as doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals.”

Located near 1002 Station St., directly adjacent to the new St. Paul’s Hospital, the centre will be approximately 34,400 square metres (370,000 square feet) in size and connected with a sky-bridge to the St. Paul’s Hospital on the Jim Pattison Medical Campus, which is under construction.

The new St. Paul’s Hospital is No. 33 on ReNew Canada’s 2023 Top100 Projects report.

“Clinical research and innovation are drivers of excellence in the health sector and lead to improved patient care and treatment,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “That’s why our government is investing in establishing a world-class research centre in the heart of the new St. Paul’s Hospital campus that will facilitate the translation of scientific innovation and research into day-to-day clinical practice, resulting in improved patient care and outcomes.”

Providence Health Care (PHC) and Providence Research operate several major research centres based at St. Paul’s Hospital and other surrounding locations. Once complete, the centre will be home to these key research centres, programs and disciplines at Providence as well as specialty physician practices to complement care provided in the hospital, allowing for an integrated health campus.

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“Centred around an innovation centre, and with a direct sky-bridge connection into St. Paul’s Hospital, the CSRC will include specialty medical services in addition to extensive research facilities, corporate support and child care,” said Fiona Dalton, president and chief executive officer, Providence Health Care. “This innovation hub will bring together patients, physicians, researchers and academic partners to create sustainable solutions to the challenges that face health and well-being across the world.”

The centre will also include infrastructure for emerging technology such as 3D bio-printing, research data and analytics, corporate services and a 49-space child care centre.

“The CSRC is where life-changing treatments will be found as leaders in medicine, life sciences, and technology work together to advance discoveries from the lab to the hospital to communities across B.C. and beyond. With the donor community’s help, we can realize the full vision of the new St. Paul’s Hospital – more than just a hospital, it’s the beginning of a new era in health care for British Columbians,” said Dick Vollet, president and CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation.

The total capital cost of the project is $638.3 million and will be cost-shared by the Province ($331.7 million), Providence Health Care ($215.6 million), St. Paul’s Foundation ($88 million), and ChildCare BC New Spaces Program ($3 million).

Featured image: (Government of B.C.)

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