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Delta Hospital (originally known as 'Delta Centennial Hospital') is a community hospital, and Level V trauma centre owned and operated by the Fraser Health Authority in the city of Delta, British Columbia.

Delta Hospital
Fraser Health
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Delta Hospital is located in Vancouver
Delta Hospital
Location in Metro Vancouver
Geography
Location5800 Mountain View Boulevard
Delta, British Columbia, Canada
V4K 3V6
Coordinates49°05′09″N 123°03′43″W / 49.085885°N 123.061835°W / 49.085885; -123.061835Coordinates: 49°05′09″N 123°03′43″W / 49.085885°N 123.061835°W / 49.085885; -123.061835
Organisation
Care systemMedicare
Services
Emergency departmentYes
Beds64[1]
History
Founded1980
Links
WebsiteDelta Hospital at FraserHealth.ca

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Health servicesEdit

Delta Hospital is a 58-bed acute-care hospital that provides inpatient and outpatient services to a catchment area of more than 100,000 residents of Ladner, Tsawwassen, North Delta and the Tsawwassen First Nation. The hospital employs more than 580 workers.[2]

Health services include:

  • 24/7 emergency care
  • diagnostic imaging
  • general surgery

About 5,000 day surgeries are performed at the hospital each year.[3] About 34,000 patients visit the Emergency Department, 34,000 visit for ambulatory care, and 29,000 tested for diagnostic imaging annually. The laboratory performs about 500,000 tests annually.[1]

The hospital also has Mountain View Manor on site that is a 92-bed residential care facility.

Neighbouring facilities are the Delta Hospice Society, the municipal City Hall and the Ladner Leisure Centre.

The annual operating budget for Delta Hospital is $43.2 million, an increase of 72 per cent since 2004/05 when the budget was $25.1 million. Fraser Health also funds $55 million in public health, mental health, home care, residential care, assisted living and hospice services in Delta community.[3]

Volunteers and community philanthropyEdit

The hospital is supported by the Delta Hospital Foundation and by the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society. The Auxiliary provides more than 11,000 volunteer hours and operates a gift shop near the hospital's main lobby. It has contributed more than $18 million for equipment and projects. It supports Mountain View Manor with $65,000 annually for recreation programs and music therapy.[4]

Since 1988, the Foundation has raised more than $30 million for the hospital.[5] The Foundation is currently campaigning to raise $7.5 million for the first phase of a 20-year expansion plan created in 2011.[2]

HistoryEdit

Planning for the hospital began in the early 1960s.[2] A Fact-Finding Committee was established in 1967, the centennial year of the Confederation of Canada. In 1974, Delta Municipal Council and the Greater Vancouver Regional Hospital District (GVRHD) jointly purchased the property where the hospital is now located.[2] The first care facility, Mountain View Manor a 75-bed residential care facility, was opened in 1977.[2] The acute-care hospital building with 75 beds was constructed then officially opened in September 1980,[2] one year after the centennial of the creation of the municipality of Delta.

The original governance of the Delta Centennial Hospital Society was transferred to the South Fraser Health Region. In 2001, governance transferred from the South Fraser Health Region to the newly created and larger Fraser Health Authority as part of a province-wide restructuring of health authorities by the provincial government. As part of the new authority's first hospital plans, the Delta facility was downgraded from acute-care to a sub-acute facility with 38 beds.[6] A small intensive care unit was closed. There was also a proposal to close the Emergency Department during night-time hours that became part of a public controversy. The changes to the hospital status and capacity was a major factor in the high-profile campaign that attempted to recall Val Roddick who was the Member of the Legislative Assembly representing Delta South.[7] The service changes also raised legal questions by community groups and by the municipal council.[8]

In 2008, Health Minister George Abbott and Fraser Health restored the hospital's acute-care status and re-opened 12 beds. By 2008, the physical size of the Emergency Department had tripled due to financial donations from the Delta Hospital Foundation [6] A 64-slice CT scanner was added in 2009.[2]

In 2010, the municipal council approved a bylaw preventing pay parking at the hospital. It had been debated for six years and was the first of its kind in the Lower Mainland.[9]

In 2015, a petition with more than 10,000 signatures was presented to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia advocating for an additional $2 million to fund overnight operating rooms.[10]

Photo galleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Sandor, Gyarmati (Jan 30, 2014). "Delta Hospital set to grow in coming years". Delta Optimist. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "A Brief History of Delta Hospital". Delta Hospital Foundation. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b "News Release: Delta Hospital strengthens surgical services". www.fraserhealth.ca. July 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "About Us". deltahospitalauxiliary.org. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  5. ^ Gyarmati, Sandor (March 18, 2015). "Delta Hospital Foundation celebrates record donation from Toigo family". Delta Optimist. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Acute care returns to hospital". Delta Optimist. July 14, 2008. Archived from the original on 30 September 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  7. ^ Kent, Heather (April 2003). "MD's bid to oust BC politician comes up short". Canadian Medical Association Journal (168). Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  8. ^ French, Janet (June 21, 2004). "Health-Cut Revolts Flare Across B.C." The Tyee. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  9. ^ Gyarmati, Sandor (Dec 9, 2011). "Fraser Health not ready to give up on pay parking at Delta Hospital". Delta Optimist. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Delta Hospital petition calls for $2M for overnight emergency surgery". CBC News. May 14, 2015.

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