Surrey Memorial Hospital
|Surrey Memorial Hospital|
|Location||Surrey, Lower Mainland, British Columbia, Canada|
|Care system||Public Medicare (Canada) (MSP)|
|Affiliated university||UBC Faculty of Medicine|
|Emergency department||Level III trauma center|
|Speciality||Pediatric and Maternity Care, Cancer Care, Surgical Care, Kidney Dialysis, Renal Care, Palliative Care, Sleep Disorders|
|Lists||Hospitals in Canada|
Surrey Memorial Hospital began operations in 1959, and is one of 12 hospitals under the jurisdiction of the Fraser Health Authority, which services more than 1.3 million people.
Surrey Memorial is the second largest hospital in British Columbia and has the busiest emergency department. As of 2011, SMH provides service to over 93,000 emergency room patients per year.
The hospital offers general medical services, as well as a dedicated pediatrics emergency area, a regional referral centre for specialized pediatrics and maternity care, hospice, and two extended care units. SMH specializes in Cancer and Renal care, kidney dialysis, and sleep disorders. In addition, there is an Adolescent, and an Adult Psychiatry Inpatient Unit.
On March 21, 2011, construction broke ground on a new eight-storey Critical Care Tower to expand Surrey Memorial Hospital. The expansion will increase the number of acute care beds by 30% to 650 and includes a new emergency department almost five times the size of the current ER. In addition, the new facility will provide 48 private neonatal rooms, 25 Intensive Care beds, 25 High Acuity Unit beds, 2 dedicated medical floors, an expanded laboratory, rooftop helipad, and additional space for SMH's clinical academic campus.
Construction of the new Emergency Department was completed by winter 2013 and overall project was completed and the new tower opened in June 2014.
After World War II, the population of suburban communities like Surrey were growing. The nearest hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster began limiting access to residents from the growing suburban communities.
In 1948, the White Rock Hospital Society formed to fundraise and advocate for government support for creation of a hospital (Peace Arch Hospital) for White Rock and South Surrey, while residents of North Surrey and Cloverdale advocated for a hospital in the northern part of the district, which ended up being Surrey Memorial Hospital.
Premier W. A. C. Bennett of the British Columbia Social Credit Party required the community to contribute at least one-third of costs for construction. For Surrey Memorial, that equalled $100,000. The women who formed Surrey’s first “Ladies Auxiliary” not only rose to the challenge; they personally delivered the funds to the premier in his Victoria office.
In 1992, the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation was established which has since raised more than $60 million to purchase medical equipment, fund innovative programs, and support training and research.
SMH was eventually merged into the South Fraser Health Region (SFHR) which also administered health care in Delta, Surrey and Langley. In 2001, SMH came under management of Fraser Health when SFHR was merged with its neighbouring health regions to create a new regional health authority.
- SMH ER Fact Sheet, Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation Published: May, 2011
- SMH Critical Care Tower Project Overview
- "Ellen Kennett: A Passionate Pioneer". Thrive magazine (Peace Arch Hospital & Community Health Foundation) (Spring/Summer 2014): 7.
- Boyce, Susan (March 3, 2014). "Surrey Memorial's Second Coming". BC Business Magazine.