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Surrey Memorial Hospital expansion moves ahead

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October 07, 2010

SURREY – A preferred proponent has been selected to begin negotiations with the provincial government and Fraser Health as part of the next step toward the expansion and redevelopment of Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH).

The naming of Integrated Team Solutions as preferred proponent follows an extensive evaluation of the three teams that were shortlisted and invited to submit proposals to design, build, finance and provide facilities management services for the new emergency department and critical care tower.

“This is an important milestone in the Surrey Memorial Hospital expansion and redevelopment project,” said Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon. “This project will represent the single-largest, health-capital investment in B.C. history, dramatically improving patient care in Surrey.”

The next stage in the competitive selection process is to conclude negotiations with Integrated Team Solutions—a process that is expected to culminate in a performance-based agreement by late winter. Details about the agreement and fixed project cost will be made public after the agreement has been finalized.

The SMH expansion includes a new critical care tower, complete with an expanded emergency department, a new perinatal centre of excellence in care for high-risk newborns, larger adult intensive care unit, and, with the University of British Columbia, an expanded clinical academic campus for Surrey. Once complete, 151 new patient beds will be added to reduce congestion and improve patient service.

“As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability and green buildings, the new emergency department and critical care tower will be designed and built to achieve LEED Gold certification, helping to create a healthy and healing environment for patients and health-care professionals,” said Surrey-Tynehead MLA Dave S. Hayer.

“Residents of Surrey are now an important step closer to a state-of-the-art emergency department and critical care tower that will help ease congestion and improve patient access to health care now and in the future,” said Surrey-Panorama MLA Stephanie Cadieux.

A fairness adviser, Joan M. Young of Lang Michener LLP, was appointed to oversee and monitor the entire evaluation process to ensure that it was fair and followed the requirements outlined in the request for proposals. The report of the fairness adviser concluded that the process for selecting the preferred proponent was open, fair and equitable. The fairness adviser’s report is publicly available on Partnerships BC’s website.

“With the selection of Integrated Team Solutions as preferred proponent, we are excited to be moving forward with negotiations for building the emergency department and critical care tower,” said Dr. Nigel Murray, president and CEO of Fraser Health. “The redevelopment and expansion of SMH brings us closer to our goal of developing the site into a world-class health campus that serves the entire Fraser Health region.”

The Province is making record investments in health-care facilities in Surrey, including the expansion and redevelopment of Surrey Memorial Hospital and the new, $239-million Surrey Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre.

Over the next three years, patients and health-care professionals across the province will benefit from investments in new medical equipment and modernized health facilities as part of a $2.3-billion, health-care capital plan.

Media contact

Bernadette Murphy, Media Relations Manager, Ministry of Health Services | 250 952-1887 (media line) | 250 213-9590 (cell) Fraser Health
Fraser Health Media Pager | 604 450-7881

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