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December 18, 2017

Surrey – The Ministry of Health, together with Fraser Health, is embarking on a concept plan for a new hospital in Surrey. Mayor Linda Hepner is fully supportive of today’s announcement noting that a new hospital is imperative in a city that is undergoing such a rapid growth in population.

"I welcome this first step by the provincial government to bring a new hospital to Surrey," said Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner. "The staff at Surrey Memorial Hospital do an incredible job in caring for our community, but they are clearly stretched. With the growth Surrey is experiencing, a new hospital is clearly needed if we are to ensure our residents have timely access to medical care and services."

The announcement made by Health Minister Adrian Dix at Surrey City Hall will see the development of a concept plan which is the first step in planning for a hospital.

"Surrey Memorial Hospital delivers first-class health care, but we recognize with a rapidly growing community that access to this care is becoming difficult for a great number of people," said Dix. "We made a commitment to British Columbians to address this need and today we are taking the first planning step in making sure people living in this region have better access to quality care."

The concept plan lays out the need for a specific project and identifies potential locations. Concept planning is a key part of the process that ensures that the needs of the community are identified and addressed. A request for proposals is being released seeking a consultant to begin this work.

"With the continued growth of the community in the coming years, an additional hospital in Surrey will provide an opportunity to expand our care services to reflect the needs of the people living and working here," said Fraser Health Board Chair Jim Sinclair. "We know the need for health care continues to increase and this expansion will ensure people can access these services when they need them."

Once the Provincial Government completes the review and approval of a concept plan, the Health Ministry's next stage in the planning process would be to move forward with a business plan. The concept plan stage will take approximately one year to complete.

Overall timelines for the hospital project would vary depending on each stage of completion, with new hospital builds ranging from between six to 10 years from concept plan to project completion. All new hospitals in B.C. are planned to a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard.

Media Inquiries:
Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey