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Vancouver Island Health Authority

Victoria, BC Canada

The project has four main components:

  • Construct a new building that will provide 500 beds for patients who need overnight care in the hospital
  • Upgrade the boiler plant systems to support the new building and other enhanced services
  • Create additional visitor and staff parking and realign existing parking
  • Relocate critical programs.


The primary objective of the Royal Jubilee Hospital Patient Care Center Project is to replace the physically and functionally obsolete inpatient accommodation. Renewing the inpatient spaces provides the opportunity to develop more effective and efficient space that will meet best practice standards, allow for optimal work-flow, and improve health outcomes for elderly patients.


Royal Jubilee Hospital has the greatest proportion of people over age 75 in the VIHA. The population of people over age 85 is expected to grow by approximately 9% by 2010, having a significant impact on acute care services. Thus one of the challenges of this project is to provide appropriate care for the growing number of elderly people served by this hospital.


Construction of the approximately 400,000 square feet project began in July 2008 and will beopeing in March 2011. Projected project cost is approximately $300 million. 



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    “There are complexities inherent in falls research because of multiple co-acting physiological and environmental factors. While interventions for reducing and preventing falls have included physiological measures, recent efforts explore risk factors and support factors in physical settings”
  • Maxwell, R., & van den Broek, R. (2008). Strategic, evidence-informed design: The world’s first elder-friendly acute care hospital. Healthcare Design, 8(10), 18–22.  “As a new facility with a design life of a minimum of 50 years, planning for the patient care centre had to contemplate the delivery of acute care services in the period 2010 through 2060, a time during which the baby boomers, who currently comprise 31% of the residents served by VIHA, will enter old age and end of life.”