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Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre

Coming to Royal Columbian Hospital in 2020

The three-phase $1.3 billion Royal Columbian Hospital redevelopment will introduce advanced medical technologies, replace aging buildings, and add more beds to increase the hospital’s capacity by over 50 per cent to support the significant increase in patient volumes seen in recent years and expected by 2025.

Learn more about what is coming in Royal Columbian's three-phase redevelopment.
Phase one of the three phase development includes:
  • A new 75-bed Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre with new and expanded outpatient clinics, Fraser Health’s first older adult psychiatric unit, and a psychiatric high acuity unit, all to replace the aging 30-bed Sherbrooke Centre
  • A new energy centre to replace the aging power plant and tie into the city’s future district energy centre
  • New parking including a 450+ stall underground parkade plus a temporarily expanded visitor lot onsite, and a temporary offsite lot for employees
Royal Columbian Hospital - Information Session RSVP
Sherbrooke Centre Lounge. November 18, 1:00-3:00pm
Sneak Peek
Building Tour

We are hiring over 100 new staff for Royal Columbian Hospital’s new 75-bed Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre which opens April 2020.


As one of hospital’s mental health and substance use leaders says in this video during a sneak peek walk-through ‘who wouldn’t want work here’.

About the Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre

With more space and two-and-a-half times more beds than the current aging Sherbrooke Centre, the Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre will be able to treat 800 more inpatients each year by 2020 and more outpatients to support the growing demand for acute mental health services.

The new contemporary facility is inspired by the Fraser River and will use patient-centred design that has had input from our psychiatrists, clinicians, patients and their families to create an inviting, spacious, and therapeutic sanctuary where patients can feel safe, respected, and free to express their feelings. Lots of windows and natural light, views of the river, wood finishings, nature and First Nations motifs, and ‘green’ building features will create a beautiful, calming place for patients. The Older Adult Psychiatric Unit will also include lighting, hallways, furniture, and equipment appropriate for frail seniors.

The new building will have three floors of inpatient units including 45 beds for acute mental health care, a 10-bed Psychiatric High Acuity Unit, and Fraser Health’s first Older Adult Psychiatric Unit with 20 beds, plus, more outpatient clinics. A cafe, lobby, clinical research and education space, and an underground parkade will also be part of the facility.

Each inpatient will have their own private room, with ensuite bathroom and shower, that has some of the comforts of home to make it feel like a personal retreat.

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Physician Opportunities
at Royal Columbian Hospital
Royal Columbian Hospital is a provincial referral hospital (tertiary/trauma care centre) located in New Westminster, BC, with 422 acute beds that is a University of BC Affiliated teaching hospital that offers medical, surgical, advanced diagnostics & imaging, critical care, inpatient pediatrics, levels 1 & 3 obstetrics, outpatient clinics, level 2 & 3 neonatology, cardiac surgery, neurosciences, and tertiary programs as well as 24/7 emergency services with 75,986 visits annually. 


“It’s an exciting time for team – we’re expanding mental health and substance use services to meet the growing needs of the clients we serve,” shares Louise Setchell, inpatient unit, mental health and substance use manager, Royal Columbian Hospital redevelopment project. “It’s amazing to be part of building the future of mental health and substance use care.”

The three-phase $1.3 billion Royal Columbian Hospital redevelopment project will introduce advanced medical technologies, replace aging buildings and add more beds to increase the hospital’s capacity by over 50 per cent. Phase one  will include a new 75-bed Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre with new and expanded outpatient clinics, Fraser Health’s first older adult psychiatric unit and a psychiatric high acuity unit.

“By expanding our inpatient beds we are creating capacity to serve the client population, allowing our community to access the care they require, while creating more jobs across the site,” Loiuse explains.

As part of her responsibilities, Louise works closely with Fraser Health Talent Acquisition Client Partner Jaiveer to ensure hiring needs are met on time. With that, she shares some advice to applicants: “Make sure your application is complete before you submit it. Double check to ensure you have answered all the questions and provided all the information asked of you. Keep an eye out for new job opportunities in mental health and substance as we are always looking to add valuable people to our team.”
Become part of our exciting health care future, learn more and apply.

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