A hospital in Cloverdale would provide ‘synergistic’ opportunities with the nearby Kwantlen Polytechnic University Tech campus, pictured here. (kpu.ca)

UPDATE: Cloverdale is the best location for a new Surrey hospital, says mayor

Surrey mayor says she will ‘personally’ make the case for a hospital in Cloverdale

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner says she believes that Cloverdale would be the ideal location for a new Surrey hospital.

In an address at the Cloverdale Business Improvement Association’s annual general meeting on Monday evening, Hepner said a hospital built near the Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Tech campus at 180th Street and Highway 10 would serve a growing demand in the area and provide educational and “synergistic” opportunities.

The provincial government announced that they would begin concept planning for a new hospital in Surrey in December 2017. No budget or location was mentioned in the initial announcement. Health Minister Adrian Dix said the concept planning stage was a “significant review process” that could take up to a year to complete.

At that time City Councillor and Cloverdale resident Bruce Hayne made a case for Cloverdale to be the location of the new hospital, arguing that the need in the growing community, and the available land, made it a good contender.

On Monday evening, Hepner agreed, and proposed that there was a further opportunity for a working relationship with the nearby KPU Tech campus.

Hepner said that she had a discussion with KPU’s Vice President of External Affairs Marlyn Graziano as recently as Friday (Feb. 23) “on the synergy a new hospital could bring to KPU’s nursing program and to the opportunities that may exist for those in the trades to assist within that hospital.”

“She has fully agreed and I will now be personally making the case with our council and, provided they agree, to our provincial health minister that Cloverdale should be a strong consideration for a site for a new hospital,” she said.

Hepner told the Cloverdale Reporter that she planned to prepare a brief and to go in and speak with Health Minister Adrian Dix. “I want to make sure than when they’re doing the analysis, they consider all the synergistic opportunities,” she said.

“The only other place I could even see them considering is way north in Port Kells. And there is not enough people there yet. Not the same densification that we see elsewhere. [Port Kells is] an option, but I like the opportunity with the university here,” she said.

On Wednesday, Marlyn Graziano told the Cloverdale Reporter she had “one quick conversation” with Hepner but acknowledged “that’s how things get started.”

Graziano said there is undeveloped land on the KPU Tech campus, and that there would be great “teaching and learning opportunities” for many staff and students at a nearby hospital, but “in no way, shape or form is this a commitment. We’re talking about talking right now.”

“There’s a long way to go with this,” said Graziano. “Lots of people would need to be brought into the conversation. I think the mayor is hoping to get that conversation started.”

“Can KPU be a part of this? There’s no way we wouldn’t have that conversation,” she said.

With files from Trevor Beggs



editor@cloverdalereporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Wind storm advisory prompts extreme weather alert by Langley shelter

Gateway of Hope to offer additional sleeping mats for homeless

UPDATED: Rollover crash on 204 Street in Langley

Driver of pickup truck ticketed

Strong winds to hit B.C.’s south coast

Western regions may see winds of up to 80 km/hr

VIDEO: Giants head into holidays with a win at home in Langley

G-Men don’t play next until Dec. 28, after 2-1 victory over Prince George Sunday.

Ryan Reynolds to narrate movie about B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest

Vancouver-born actor known for Deadpool movies will voice film to be released Feb. 15, 2019

Man sentenced for 9 robberies praised by judge for efforts to change life

Scott Kuebeck previously pleaded guilty to robberies in Abbotsford and Chilliwack

10-lane George Massey bridge too big, B.C. study says

Consultants say replacement tunnel cost similar to new bridge

Canada’s robust credit rating should calm unease about federal deficits: Trudeau

Trudeau says Canada’s long-running triple-A rating means experts have confidence in his government’s approach to the economy

CIBC shrinks event after Whistler mayor irks oil producers

After Whistler sent a letter to a Calgary-based oilsands giant, several energy firms said they would back out of the CIBC event.

Couple caught up in B.C. Legislature bomb plot to learn their fate

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were arrested as part of an undercover RCMP sting on Canada Day 2013

Trial rights of accused spy for China at risk, lawyer tells Supreme Court

The lawyer for a man accused of trying to spy for China says federal foot-dragging over secrecy is endangering his client’s right to timely justice.

‘Recall fatigue’: Canadians may avoid certain foods over holidays

In the winter, Canada’s supply of fresh fruit and vegetables tends to come from very specific areas.

A closer look at driverless shuttles proposed in Surrey, Vancouver

Vancouver and Surrey’s joint application for $50 million to pilot the “autonomous” vehicles is one of five shortlisted

Most Read