Delta Hospital

A Brief History of Delta Hospital

Planning for the hospital began in the early 1960s and was enthusiastically supported by the community. In 1974, Delta Municipal Council and the Greater Vancouver Regional Hospital District (GVRHD) jointly purchased the land where Delta Hospital sits today. Construction on the first phase immediately got underway for a 75 bed extended care hospital which officially opened on January 28, 1977. Quickly thereafter, building began on the second phase – an acute care hospital with an emergency department, operating rooms, x-ray, laboratory, hospital records, sterilization and housekeeping facilities and facilities for ambulatory services with an emphasis on daycare surgery. In March 1977, Delta Hospital received approval for a further 75 acute beds and Delta Hospital officially opened on September 5, 1980. 
In Spring of 2002, after wide-spread health care reform recommended centralizing services to Richmond, Vancouver and Surrey, Delta Hospital lost its acute care and intensive care services. The hospital was downgraded to a sub-acute care facility.
In a series of efforts to build awareness and raise money, a coalition supporting the hospital was formed to mount pressure on political decision makers. During this time, the community’s support for the hospital never wavered. Through strong community support, Delta Hospital’s acute care status was reinstated in July 2008.
Between 2002 and 2008, the Emergency department was expanded – tripling its floor space. Surgical Daycare was renovated and relocated, and a new lobby was added to welcome patients. Within a few months of having acute care status reinstated in 2008, 12 additional acute-care beds were added, along with a Rapid Access Clinic and a newly renovated Endoscopy Suite. A state-of-the-art 64-slice CT scanner arrived in March 2009.

Delta Hospital Today

As part of the Fraser Health Authority, Delta Hospital is part of an integrated network of hospitals providing linked services with 11 other acute care sites within the authority. Delta Hospital serves a population of over 100,000 throughout North Delta, Ladner, and Tsawwassen.
Delta Hospital is a primary care, Level II community hospital. In other words, it provides first point of contact services to the community that helps diagnose, treat, and prevent disease, illness, and injury. As well as a Rapid Access Clinic that provides some specialized care, it has 58 acute care beds; in addition, Delta Hospital’s Mountain View Manor has 92 beds as a residential care unit. The hospital employs over 580 people to provide quality healthcare to the community.
The Emergency Room has ten acute beds, ten observation beds, three ambulance bays, plus two negative pressure rooms, two fast track chairs and a trauma room providing 24 hours, seven days a week service. The Surgical Daycare program has three operating rooms, 13 pre- and post- operation care beds, six post-anesthetic recovery bays, and a dedicated two room endoscopy suite. 
In 2011 a ‘Master Concept Plan’ was completed looking at a 20 year vision for the hospital. The plan looked at the hospital’s current and future needs and opportunities for the building and the hospital’s grounds. This plan will guide the decisions for investment and improvements to the facilities and medical growth. The plan has laid out three major timelines for the hospital: short term (0-5 years), medium term (6-15 years) and long term (20+ years).
The Delta Hospital Foundation has just wrapped up fundraising for Phase 1, the ‘Healthy and Growing Campaign’ - expanding and enhancing our Laboratory and our Medical Imaging departments. This is a $12.5 million project of which the Foundation committed to raising $7.5 million. You can read more about this project here.