The Future of Surgery is here

The $60 million Future of Surgery campaign launched in 2016 with the goal of reducing wait times for surgical procedures, equipping the hospitals with groundbreaking technology, enhancing surgical spaces, and optimizing recovery for improved patient outcomes.

Thanks to the generosity of thousands of donors, we’re pleased to announce that we reached our initial $60 million goal!

Learn more about how donations have already been put to use — saving the lives of patients every day.

VGH and UBC Hospital are centres of surgical excellence, caring for 60% of all adult trauma cases in BC. With 50% of surgical patients from outside Vancouver, over 30,000 surgeries are completed each year — saving and improving the lives of our loved ones. But operating rooms and other surgical spaces at VGH are in need of upgrades to meet new operating standards and meet the needs of patients across the province.

To ensure our medical teams have the best environments to undertake their life-saving work, a $145 million transformation of the surgical facilities at VGH and UBC Hospital is under way. And while Vancouver Coastal Health and the provincial government are funding the majority of the costs, the Future of Surgery campaign goal was set to raise $60 million to help transform surgical care in BC.

With donor support, we have made incredible progress. But your continued support will be needed to ensure that VGH and UBC Hospital remain the cornerstone of surgical excellence in this province.

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New State-of-the-art Surgical Facilities

VGH and UBC Hospital are building capacity to better meet patient demand for both emergency and scheduled surgeries.

Two Locations: Reducing Surgical Wait Times


16 New State-of-the-art Operating Rooms: Groundbreaking Technology


Better Pre and Post Operative Care

Renovations will include a new 40-bed perioperative care unit. This will combine pre-op and post-op recovery areas for more efficient care and a better patient experience to aid recovery.

Grateful Patient, Andrew Cho in recovery



VGH is one of only two accredited Level 1 adult trauma centres in BC.

As a leader in the field of anesthesiology, Dr. Hamed Umedaly and his team provide vital surgical support for thousands of patients each year — relieving them from pain before, during and after surgery.

VGH specializes in some of the most complex cancer surgeries

Dr. Dianne Miller and the Ovarian Cancer Research (OVCARE) team have revolutionized care and prevention of ovarian cancer. Our cancer experts like Dr. Miller are improving survival rates for the 2 in 5 British Columbians who will face cancer.

VGH is the only site in BC for lung, liver and pancreas transplants

Dr. John Yee is BC’s leading lung transplant surgeon. He and his team performed 50 double lung transplants in 2018. VGH performed BC’s first organ transplant 50 years ago, and now performs over 50% of all life-saving organ transplants in BC.

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Tour the Hybrid OR

The new hybrid operating room (OR) at VGH combines the most advanced imaging technology with leading edge surgical facilities so that our accomplished medical professionals can do what they do best: save and improve lives.

By bringing advanced imaging technology right into the OR, patients no longer need to be transferred back and forth between radiology and the OR, saving critical time when a life is in the balance.

Click the image below to take a 360 degree tour of the hybrid OR, and make sure to click on key pieces of equipment to learn more about the technology your donations help provide.

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Preparing for what’s ahead.

Providing patients with the care they need takes planning, expertise and investment. A $145 million transformation of the surgical facilities at VGH and UBC Hospital is under way. And while Vancouver Coastal Health and the provincial government are funding the majority of the costs, our Future of Surgery campaign has raised $60 million.


November 2016: Hybrid OR opens

The new hybrid operating room at VGH brings imagery equipment right into the operating room, allowing surgeons to order additional imagery in the middle of surgery, reducing the need to transport patients in and out of radiology. This optimizes surgical procedure times and patient safety.

Image courtesy of Vancouver Coastal Health.








January 2020: Prototype OR Completed

In January, VCH surgical staff were able to tour the first completed OR. This fully-equipped prototype provided the opportunity to make further recommendations to ensure an optimized and universal layout for each room. This improved workflow will create faster turn-around times between surgeries and safer spaces for both staff and patients.

OR 25 is the first prototype OR completed at the Phil Jennie Gaglardi Surgical Centre. Image provided by Vancouver Coastal Health.

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

A physician-led environmental initiative will reduce the carbon footprint of surgeries by implementing a system to re-capture anesthetic gas, reducing the surgical programs carbon footprint.

July 2020: Perioperative Care Unit construction complete

The new Perioperative  Care Unit (PCU) will have 40 universal, pre and post-operative patient bays including a negative pressure isolation room. Walls with sliding doors featuring e-glass instead of curtains between bays provide improved infection control, acoustics and patient privacy.

Watch the tour of the new space.

Construction continues on the third floor under the latest COVID-19 guidelines.

Fall 2020

Patient bed capacity at UBC Hospital scheduled to increase.

2021 and beyond

February 2021 – Staff training and orientation begins

VGH surgical staff will undergo orientations, training and simulations in advance of welcoming the first patient into the new space.

March 2021: Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Surgical Centre will Open

Years of planning and support from donors like you will come to full fruition when VGH opens all 16 new operating rooms and a 40-bed perioperative care unit, newly named the Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Surgical Centre. This exciting milestone will mark the completing of Phase 1 of the OR Renewal Project.

2021 and Beyond: Future Phase of Development

Renovations of existing ORs will create a total of 30 state-of-the-art ORs: a 30% increase.

The Future of Surgery: Made Possible by You

Thanks to the generosity of thousands of donors, we have reached our $60 million campaign goal for the Future of Surgery.  Although we met our fundraising goal, more support is still needed to ensure excellence in patient care for the future of health care in British Columbia. Thank you for your support.

Learn more about the Future of Surgery: Download The Case for Support