Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Fraser Health's year in numbers
Released by David Mitchell, Board Chair, FHA
s we move into 2014, I think itís a good time to thank all Fraser Health staff, physicians and volunteers, who work tirelessly to meet the health needs of the people that live in our region.
During the past year, Fraser Healthís 12 hospitals saw 615,000 Emergency visits, 15,000 births, and 1 million patient days.
We also saw increases in
our residential care, home health, mental health and substance use,
and other community services. Indeed a busy year for us. The
delivery of health care can be challenging and complex. They do a
The demand for health care continues to increase, which isnít surprising given we provide service to one of the fastest growing regions in Canada, with a population of 1.7 million, a third of all British Columbians.
This past year we opened a
new Emergency at Surrey Memorial Hospital, the second largest in
Canada, and one that serves our entire region with a dedicated
pediatric emergency, and specialized care for mental health and
substance use provided in a separate zone. We look forward to
opening the rest of the critical care tower this June. It will
feature a new and expanded intensive care unit, a specialized stroke
unit, and additional beds to meet the need for hospital care by our
growing population in Fraser Health. We are proud of this $512
million project which represents the largest single capital
A seamless, satisfying and
quality health and wellness journey for all the residents of Fraser
Health is one we strive for. The safety of our patients and staff is
of utmost importance. Building upon ongoing strategies to promote a
culture of safety in our care facilities, we are collaborating with
the Emily Carr University of Art + Design to design new and
innovative resources that will help keep our patients safe from
common hazards in hospitals, including infections, falls, and
Late last year, the Minister of Health asked me to co-chair a strategic and operational review of Fraser Health. I welcome this opportunity to work with health leaders across BC to identify potential strategies that will make for an even better (and sustainable) health care system, not only in Fraser Health, but across BC. I am proud that Fraser Health is committed to providing quality care, while having one of the lowest administrative costs of any health region in Canada. We will continue to be prudent with the public funding we receive.
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