New St. Paul's

The Future of Health Care

Promise Magazine: Spring/Summer 2017

The new St. Paul’s Hospital and the Jim Pattison Medical Centre will transform the future of health care for patients in BC, building on a 123-year legacy of compassionate, world-class care.

St. Paul’s will partner with health industry leaders in the private sector to foster cutting-edge innovations and practical applications for research findings. Patients diagnosed with chronic illnesses, like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), will benefit directly from the medical breakthroughs of doctors and researchers working together in integrated research trials and programs.

Transforming the delivery of care at home, in the community and in the hospital is part of the plan for the new St. Paul’s. At-home monitoring and flexible clinic schedules, for example, will allow patients to see their care providers when it’s more convenient for them. Innovations like online appointment booking, digital wayfinding and connecting patients and their care providers through telehealth will improve patient experience and enhance quality of care.

At the new St. Paul’s, patients will receive the right care, from the right care provider at the right time, helping future patients, like Sophia, breathe a little easier.

In the year 2026: Sophia’s Story

It’s March 17, 2026 and Sophia Zsu, 58, is feeling better today than she has in years. She has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and in recent years her life has been a constant struggle to breathe. She’s always short of breath, easily tired and has a cough that just won’t go away.

Now, as she walks to the COPD Clinic at the Jim Pattison Medical Centre, she finds breathing just a little bit easier and she’s not so quickly exhausted by the mere act of walking a couple of blocks.

After countless emergency visits and hospital admissions that she barely pulled through, Sophia hasn’t made anything other than scheduled visits to St. Paul’s for two years now. She credits her care team at St. Paul’s and the new drug she’s taking as part of an international clinical drug trial, led by St. Paul’s.

Sophia was a smoker for 20 years, and while she regrets that, she has no regrets about what she’s doing now. In her eyes, she’s paying it forward. In addition to the clinical drug trial, she’s participating in a research study that will help in the development of even better treatments for COPD.

She’s grateful to the people who, even as their lives hung in the balance 10 or 15 years earlier, participated in a similar study that made commercialization of the drug she’s taking now possible. Their vision, their compassion, and that of the donors, clinicians and investigators who supported and drove the study forward, has given Sophia hope that she will live to see her two-month-old granddaughter graduate from high school. Years earlier that seemed like an impossible dream.

Sophia knows she’s lucky to be receiving care at St. Paul’s. Her respiratory specialist told her that, since the hospital opened at its new site on Station Street in 2024, COPD research, and research into various other diseases, has really taken off.

Clinical and research programs for COPD are already yielding results. Emergency admissions of COPD patients have dropped by 50 per cent thanks to the research and patient education led by St. Paul’s pulmonary experts.

The presence of clinicians, researchers working with biomedical and life sciences companies, who are focused on the development and commercialization of new treatments and medical technologies, her specialist explained, has ushered in a new era of collaboration, innovation and personalization of therapy.

Simply put, all the pieces of the puzzle are now in one place and she knows that she will only receive therapies that will work for her rather than those broadly targeting the “average patient.”

All that’s required is the work to put them together. And that work is going on at a furious pace. Across the Centre, in the many clinics and in the hospital itself, people are participating in all types of studies that will benefit future patients around the world. Researchers from across the globe are looking to St. Paul’s as a place to build their careers.

As the clinic doors slide open and Sophia is welcomed by the friendly faces of the staff she, too, smiles. Today, she dares to hope.

We believe the new St. Paul’s is a once in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a new hospital and integrated medical centre from the ground up; one that will serve the needs of British Columbians for decades to come. To learn more, please visit

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