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St. Paul's Hospital is an acute care hospital located in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is the oldest of the seven health care facilities operated by Providence Health Care, a Roman Catholic faith-based care provider. St. Paul's is open to patients regardless of their faith and is home to many medical and surgical programs, including cardiac services and kidney care including an advanced structural heart disease program. It is also the home of the Pacific Adult Congenital Heart Disease unit. It is one of the teaching hospitals of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine.

St. Paul's Hospital
Providence Health Care
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St. Paul's Hospital (Vancouver) is located in Downtown Vancouver (British Columbia)
St. Paul's Hospital (Vancouver)
Location in Downtown Vancouver
Location1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates49°16′50″N 123°07′40″W / 49.280431°N 123.127887°W / 49.280431; -123.127887Coordinates: 49°16′50″N 123°07′40″W / 49.280431°N 123.127887°W / 49.280431; -123.127887
Care systemMedicare (Canada)
Hospital typeTeaching, Academic
Affiliated universityUBC Faculty of Medicine
Emergency departmentYes


The original St. Paul's Hospital was founded in 1894 just eight years after the incorporation of the City of Vancouver[1] by the Sisters Of Providence who (from their base in Montreal) founded schools, hospitals and asylums all over North America and other continents.

The 25-bed, 4-storey wood frame building cost $28,000.[1] It was designed and constructed by Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart and named after the then-bishop, Paul Durieu of New Westminster.[2]

Mother Mary Fredrick from Astoria, Oregon was the first mother superior and administrator to lead its charge.[2] In keeping with the philosophy of the Sisters of Providence, the new hospital was founded on the pledge of providing compassionate care for everyone in need - tested by a surge in Vancouver's growth brought on by the Klondike gold rush in the 1890s.

St Paul's became one of the first hospitals with their own X-Ray machine in 1906 and opened its School of Nursing in 1907.[2]

In 1912, the original building was demolished and replaced with a new structure to accommodate 200 patients at a construction cost of $400,000.[1]

In 2010, the hospital established Angel's Cradle, the first modern Baby hatch in Canada where mothers could anonymously provide their newborns to the hospital rather than abandon them elsewhere. Thirty seconds after a baby has been placed inside the modern version of a 'foundling wheel', a sensor alerts emergency staff. A social worker contacts the Ministry of Children and Family Development which then assumes responsibility for the baby. In its first five years, two healthy babies had been placed in the baby hatch.[3]

St. Paul's Hospital is listed on the City of Vancouver's Heritage Register category “A” but is not a designated heritage building and is not protected by legal statute.[1]


In the 21st Century, there has been ongoing advocacy for redevelopment of the facility. A redevelopment plan was drafted in 2010.[4] In 2012, Premier Christy Clark said at the hospital that business case and development plans would be completed in order to begin construction in 2016.[5]

In 2015, questions continued to be raised whether the redevelopment would maintain full range of existing services at the Burrard Street facility or move some services to a new location near False Creek.[6] On April 13, 2015, Providence Health Care and the provincial government announced the hospital services would move to the new site and grow in size from more than 400 beds to more than 700 beds and an integrated health campus that includes a range of outpatient and ambulatory services:

  • full-service critical care hospital
  • 24/7 primary care services
  • Chronic disease management services
  • Mental health and addictions beds and programs
  • On-site residential care beds and programs
  • Ambulatory services and outpatient clinics
  • Non-acute medical services
  • A low-risk birthing centre
  • End-of-life care
  • Research and teaching
  • Community Care
  • Community Outreach Programs



  1. ^ a b c d "2012 Top Ten Endangered Sites: #3. St. Paul's Hospital: The Historic Burrard Building". Heritage Vancouver Society. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  2. ^ a b c "History - St. Paul's Hospital". Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  3. ^ Woo, Andrea (Mar 10, 2015). "Five years on, Angel's Cradle program a safe haven for abandoned babies". The Globe and Mail.
  4. ^ Azpiri, Jon (Jan 26, 2015). "Still no timetable for St. Paul's Hospital redevelopment". Global TV News. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  5. ^ Canadian Press (Jun 13, 2012). "Plan to upgrade Vancouver hospital has no budget, no building date". Global TV News. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  6. ^ Shaw, Rob (Apr 2, 2015). "MLA warns B.C. government may not renew St. Paul's Hospital in West End". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  7. ^ "The new St. Paul's (media kit)". Providence Health Care. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Health Minister Terry Lake: Why St. Paul's Hospital is leaving the West End". The Georgia Straight. April 13, 2015.
  9. ^ Shaw, Rob (April 13, 2015). "St. Paul's Hospital on the move to False Creek flats". Vancouver Sun.

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