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Defining the future of medicine: CSRC advances

BC Premier David Eby is joined by (L-R) BC health minister Adrian Dix, Providence CEO Fiona Dalton and Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Minister Brenda Bailey at a news conference to announce funding approval for the CSRC.

The British Columbia government has approved the business plan and funding for the construction of a state-of-the-art Clinical Support and Research Centre (CSRC) at the new St. Paul’s Hospital.

“This new research centre will help define the future of medicine,” said Premier David Eby at an announcement on the site of the future hospital today. “We are going to see scientific breakthroughs translated into real-world health care, delivering better services and treatments for patients.

Global life-sciences hub

Eby adds: “B.C. is becoming a global hub for life sciences and today’s announcement will help us to continue to attract the best scientists and researchers to our province, as well as doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals.

“The excitement is very real.”

Rendering of the future CSRC, left, which a sky bridge will connect to the main St. Paul’s Hospital (right). (Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt)

The research centre will be built near 1002 Station St., directly adjacent to the new St. Paul’s Hospital.

It will be some 34,400 square metres (370,000 square feet) large. A sky bridge will connect it to the new hospital, which is under construction.

“Clinical research and innovation are drivers of excellence in the health sector and lead to improved patient care and treatment,” says Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “That’s why our government is investing in establishing a world-class research centre in the heart of the new St. Paul’s Hospital campus that will facilitate the translation of scientific innovation and research into day-to-day clinical practice.

“This will result in improved patient care and outcomes.”

Bringing together patients, physicians, researchers and academics in one place

Providence Health Care (PHC) and Providence Research operate several major research centres based at St. Paul’s Hospital and other surrounding locations. Once complete, the centre will be home to these key research centres, programs and disciplines at Providence as well as specialty physician practices to complement care provided in the hospital, allowing for an integrated health campus.

“This is truly a transformational moment in health care,” says Fiona Dalton, president and chief executive officer of Providence. “CSRC will include specialty medical services in addition to extensive research facilities, corporate support and child care. This innovation hub will bring together patients, physicians, researchers and academic partners to create sustainable solutions to the challenges that face health and well-being across the world.”

The centre will also include infrastructure for emerging technology such as 3D bio-printing, research data and analytics, corporate services and a 49-space child care centre.

L-R: Karimah Es Sabar, St. Paul’s Foundation; Dick Vollet, CEO, St. Paul’s Foundation; BC health minister Adrian Dix; BCCfE head Dr. Julio Montaner; BC Premier David Eby; Vancouver-Mount Pleasant MLA Joan Phillip; BC JEDI Minister Brenda Bailey; Providence CEO Fiona Dalton; Providence Board Chair Eric Harris; Providence Senior VP, Research & Academic Affairs, Darryl Knight.

Research centre will boost BC’s life-sciences community

The total capital cost of the project is $638.3 million and will be cost-shared by the Province ($331.7 million), Providence Health Care ($215.6 million), St. Paul’s Foundation ($88 million), and ChildCare BC New Spaces Program ($3 million).

As the cornerstone of Vancouver’s newest hub for discovery and learning in the False Creek Flats, the CSRC will bolster B.C.’s life sciences community by attracting leading care providers, scientists and industry partners to deliver excellence in care, research and innovation.

Quick Facts:

  • Research at Providence that will relocate to the new Clinical Support and Research Centre, includes:
    • Centre for Heart Lung Innovation;
    • BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS;
    • BC Centre on Substance Use;
    • Centre for Advancing Health Outcomes (formerly known as CHÉOS); and
    • numerous clinical researchers and programs that will lead studies at the bedside in units throughout the new St. Paul’s Hospital

For the full BC Government news release on today’s announcement, visit here.