A draft rendering of the proposed new St. Paul's hospital and health campus.

Transforming Care for Our Patients

Promise Magazine: Fall/Winter 2016

The new St. Paul’s hospital and health campus connects education, research, industry and innovation to the continuum of care

The BC Ministry of Health has identified the redevelopment of St. Paul’s Hospital as a catalyst to transforming how health services are delivered in BC.

Key to this transformation is the development of a new care model that places the patient at the centre and calls for the delivery of coordinated health care services where and when people need them most – at home, in the community, or in the hospital. This care model informs all stages of planning for the new St. Paul’s – from the relationship between research and care, to how the health campus will look and feel to patients and families.

Designing the New St. Paul’s

An integrated health campus that flows with purposeful design and a layout that puts patient needs at its core.

The driving factors behind the design of the new St. Paul’s hospital and integrated health campus are operational flow and patient experience. The location of each program, service, building and facility is meant to improve patient care and streamline its accessibility, as well as facilitate the research that will transform patient care in the future.

in addition to the core acute care hospital, the campus will host a range of non-acute care facilities including outpatient clinics, an urban health centre, and research and teaching spaces, all of which will be connected to optimize the continuum of care.

Patient experience and operational efficiency will be intrinsically linked in the new design. Single rooms will improve patient experiences and health outcomes by providing increased comfort, privacy and infection control. In the halls, simplified wayfinding will streamline foot traffic and reduce patient anxiety.

In addition to architecturally adaptable buildings that house state-of-the-art equipment, the new St. Paul’s will feature open spaces and natural light, cafes and shops, as well as sacred places in which patients, friends and family members can reflect and hold ceremonies.

Building Blocks of the New St. Paul’s
The hospital will provide essential care for patients from across BC who require active treatment due to injury and illness; this includes diagnostic evaluation, surgical procedures and overnight stays. The hospital will house key components such as an emergency department, operating rooms, a diagnostics and imaging centre, inpatient beds, labs and pharmacies.

Outpatient clinics will be co-located with the main hospital to extend services beyond acute care and offer easy access for patients.

As part of the acute care hospital, an urban health centre adjacent to the emergency department will offer a range of mental health, urban health and addiction medicine programs.

Overall, both indoors and out, the new St. Paul’s health campus will feature environmental design that creates a relaxing and restorative environment for patients and staff. The connected facilities on the campus will optimize the continuum of care.

Accelerating Research and Innovation at the New St. Paul’s

Innovation will be front and centre, with clinicians and researchers working side by side

Research and innovation is key to realizing the vision for the new St. Paul’s. And the hospital has deep experience in these areas, with new programs and pioneering initiatives that have set health care standards worldwide. Drawing from this knowledge and background, we’re poised to create an innovative blueprint for the new St. Paul’s that will set a benchmark for hospitals the world over.

For example, St. Paul’s Centre for Health evaluation and outcome Sciences has changed health care locally and globally with its work in health economics and clinical trials; the Centre for Heart lung innovation at St. Paul’s is the world’s top facility for cardiopulmonary research; and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul’s has seen its models adopted by the United Nations for its initiative to end the AIDS pandemic globally by 2030.

These three centres represent different areas of medicine and science, but share a common approach. In each, clinicians and researchers work side by side, not just in the same building but often in the same lab or office. The approach has resulted in two immeasurable benefits: it has stimulated research and led to more findings, and these findings are being brought to patients faster than at any other time in history.

The new St. Paul’s will apply this same approach to other areas of research, innovation and patient care throughout its integrated campus and community networks.

To complement our commitment to research and innovation, St. Paul’s will also work more closely with industry partners to turn leading-edge ideas into better care. The planned placement of commercial buildings alongside the research towers that intersect with our acute care hospital speaks to this objective: the exchange of ideas with industry are at the very intersection of care and research.

A new Office of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, funded by St. Paul’s Foundation, was recently established to support this full continuum of innovation and commercialization as envisioned.

The strong integration of research and innovation at the new St. Paul’s will create and maintain a cycle of innovation and new knowledge that will place British Columbians at the front of the line for world-class health care for generations to come.

For more information on the new St. Paul’s, please visit thenewstpauls.com.