SURREY — The new emergency wing of Surrey Memorial Hospital opened Tuesday, bringing the hospital's $512-million expansion to fruition.
Premier Christy Clark was on hand to celebrate the opening of the second largest emergency department in the country, calling the expansion a "huge achievement" for Surrey.
"It's going to provide some of the best patient care you'll find anywhere in Canada," she said, noting that the additional space will ease congestion and provide more beds for patients in need. "It will allow health professionals to be able to do their jobs better, more efficiently, in much, much better environment."
Fraser Health president and CEO Dr. Nigel Murray called the state-of-the-art department a milestone for the region, saying, "Every person who uses this facility will be impressed by not only the space our staff now has to provide care, but also the organization of the space which will facilitate efficient, patient-centred care."
A number of local politicians were also in attendance, including Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux, Surrey-Fleetwood MLA Peter Fassbender, Surrey-Tynehead MLA Amrik Virk and Surrey-White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg.
Before the opening, SMH's previous ER saw an average of 100,000 patients per year - more than double its intended annual capacity of 44,000 when it was first built in 1991.
The new department will have over 100 single patient rooms and be able to provide approximately 70,000 medical imaging procedures a year. It is organized into specific zone, including separate areas for walk-in and triage, patients in critical condition, less-critical patients and a mental health and substance use zone.
Students from David Brankin Elementary and ...cole Simon Cunningham created Get Well Soon cards to celebrate the opening of the new emergency wing, and participated in the ribbon cutting.
The centre includes a separate pediatric emergency department for children, one of only two in B.C.
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