Largest-ever hospital fundraising campaign in Western Canada will support BC’s first purpose-built health campus delivering provincial programs
ST. Paul’s Foundation announced on Monday its $225 million fundraising goal to support the build of the new St. Paul’s Hospital at the Jim Pattison Medical Centre. This campaign is the largest-ever hospital fundraising campaign in Western Canada.
Funds raised will support the build of the new St. Paul’s, and bolster programs and services so that the provision of care matches the innovation and transformation afforded by the new facility.
To date, $168 million in donations and pledges have been secured through philanthropy from foundations, corporate partners, individuals, and families, reflecting the support of the donor community for the vision of the new St. Paul’s – a catalyst to transform health care for people across BC.
The new St. Paul’s will be BC’s first purpose-built health campus: a health innovation hub, where patient care is integrated with industry partners in research and life sciences, creating unprecedented opportunities for researchers, clinicians, and industry to collaborate and accelerate delivery of medical breakthroughs to British Columbians.
“Donor support is the key to making the new St. Paul’s world class. We have an extremely rare opportunity to build something that will change health care and save lives locally and provincially, and even globally,” says Paul Hollands, A&W Chairman, and Chair, St. Paul’s Foundation Campaign Executive Committee. “This is a game changer for British Columbia and we are calling on business and community leaders to invest in the new St. Paul’s. Each of us has a role to play in bringing this once-in-a-lifetime project to life.”
Clinical services at the Jim Pattison Medical Centre will be strengthened – particularly for people with complex, chronic conditions who can benefit from multi-specialty care, specialized equipment, and advanced diagnostics. Treatment areas will be flexible and centrally located so multi-disciplinary teams can collaborate and treat patients wherever it makes the most sense.
“We’re building a health campus where every patient is a partner; where research, teaching, and clinical care are integrated from day one,” says Fiona Dalton, President and CEO, Providence Health Care. “The entire campus and provincial network of care will put the needs of the patient first, making the patient journey very different from what it is today.”
Specialists at the new St. Paul’s will use digital technology to provide diagnostic expertise and follow-up to patients in rural and remote communities across BC. Patients won’t have to travel to the hospital unless they need a specialized procedure. St. Paul’s specialists will work in partnership with adjacent health authorities and community and primary care providers to support patients locally wherever possible.
“Our north star for the new St. Paul’s is the commitment to put people first. Grounded by Providence Health Care’s vision, we are driven by compassion and social justice to stand at the forefront of exceptional care and innovation,” says Dick Vollet, President and CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation. “The new St. Paul’s at the Jim Pattison Medical Centre is where you’ll want to come if you’re sick. It’s the place you’ll want to bring your loved ones when they need care.”
A mighty group of community leaders and visionaries have already pledged their support and made significant donations including: Michael and Carmelina De Lazzari’s $3 million gift to create the De Lazzari Family Chair in Heart Lung Innovation; Scotiabank’s $2 million in support of youth transition programs; the London Drugs and the Tong and Geraldine Louie Family Foundations’ $6.5 million in support of the provincial Heart Centre; and Jim Pattison’s historic $75 million to galvanize the transformation of health care in BC at the new St. Paul’s.