Vancouver's St. Paul's hospital will close, and a new facility will be built in East Vancouver, near Main Street and Terminal Avenue, Providence Health Care has announced.
The announcement was made at a news conference at the health authority office Monday morning.
The new building is expected to open on the 18.5 acre site by 2022 at a cost of $1.2 billion, assuming the business case for the project can be made.
"A brand new hospital, and integrated health care campus, built from the ground up, on our Station Street site," announced Geoff Plant, the chair of the Providence Health Care Board.
The future of St. Paul's hospital has been a controversial debate, and Plant appeared to acknowledge the disappointment of many residents of Vancouver's West End who don't want the hospital to move, noting those residents will be consulted to determine "which services need to remain in the West End."
Spencer Chandra Herbert, the MLA for the West End, is upset about the decision to move the hospital to East Vancouver.
St. Paul's Hospital proved it's worth during the Stanley Cup riots. Viaduct, bridges, + Skytrain all closed. No way out of downtown. 1/2— @SChandraHerbert
downtown Vancouver needs an emergency room, especially in an emergency. In an earthquake all exits out of downtown may be closed. 2/2— @SChandraHerbert
Building in disrepair
The province has said it`s committed to revitalizing the hospital and Premier Christy Clark pledged half a billion dollars to improve it three years ago.
Clark is not on the list of speakers for today's event.