The Harlow and Mary Ann Burrows Foundation has donated $250,000 towards building a new long-term care facility in Delta.
The foundation’s contribution, announced on Thursday (Dec. 7), will go towards Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation’s “Coming Home” capital campaign in support of the new Beedie Long Term Care Centre at the Delta Hospital Campus of Care.
“We are extremely grateful for the Harlow and Mary Ann Burrows Foundation’s philanthropic generosity. Harlow and Mary Ann continually support the most urgent needs at our hospital and we are truly honoured,” DHCHF executive director Lisa Hoglund said in a press release.
Plans to replace the 46-year-old Mountain View Manor adjacent to Delta Hospital with a new facility, expanding capacity at the site from 92 to 200 beds, were announced by the province on June 8.
The new facility will be designed as small “households” accommodating 12 or 13 residents, each with their own single-bed room and bathroom. These units will also feature social and recreational spaces found in a typical home, such as a living room, dining room, activity space and access to the outdoors, according to a Ministry of Health press release.
There will also be community spaces and services for residents, families, visitors and staff, including art and activity rooms, a hair salon, a sacred space and a 32-space adult day program for people living more independently.
As well, an innovative stand-alone child daycare facility will be constructed and offer 49 spaces for families.
The new facility will be built using a “care community” model that takes lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic into account, with designs that use new best-practice infection-control standards to improve pandemic resiliency while also being culturally sensitive to serve a diverse population.
As well, Fraser Health will be partnering with local First Nations during the design phase to ensure the facility is a “culturally safe” care home.
Fraser Health will construct, own and operate the long-term care community on vacant land at the Delta Hospital site. The project is in the procurement phase, with construction expected to begin in 2025 and be complete in 2027.
Capital costs will be funded with $179.7 million from the Ministry of Health, plus a $18.25 million commitment by Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation.
The “Coming Home” capital campaign is the largest fundraising effort in the foundation’s 35-year history.
In October, Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation announced the new facility will be named the Beedie Long Term Care Centre in recognition of developer Ryan Beedie and his wife Cindy’s “transformational” $5-million donation towards the campaign — the largest single gift received to date.
Over $1 million was raised in support of the “Coming Home” campaign at the foundation’s Bal du Moulin Rouge Paris Moonlight Gala, held on Nov. 4 at Tsawwassen Springs.