Activation schedule

On April 28, 2018, Lions Gate Hospital and Squamish General Hospital became the first two acute care sites to go live. Two VCH Coastal rural sites, Whistler Health Care Centre and Pemberton Health Centre, followed in September and October 2018.

R.W Large Memorial Hospital in Bella Bella, Bella Coola General Hospital, Sechelt Hospital and Powell River General Hospital (screening mammography only) went live in October and November 2018 with Medical Imaging functionality in the new clinical information system. 

PHC acute services at St. Paul’s Hospital, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital and Holy Family Hospital rehab, along with the long-term care homes at these sites, are targeted to go live with CST on November 16, 2019. The remaining PHC care homes and sites – Brock Fahrni, Langara (including Alder Unit), Youville (including Parkview), Honoria Conway, St. John Hospice, and community-based clinics – will implement CST in phases starting three months after this initial go-live.

Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction is set to go live with CST on December 8, 2019. Sequencing and timing for the remaining BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services facilities is still being determined.

BC Cancer’s CST activations will start with Surrey and Abbotsford centres going live together in the first wave, in May/June 2020. Prince George is slated to go next in August 2020, followed by Vancouver (including Clinical Trials) in October 2020. A fourth wave, comprised of Victoria, Kelowna and level 4 CON sites, is set to roll out CST in December 2020/January 2021.

VCH-Vancouver sites are slated to go live in mid-2020.

Stay tuned for more information around timing for the remaining sites. 

It is important to note that the clinical transformation – the process of establishing common workflows and practices is an ongoing process. Learnings from each implementation will be incorporated into successive activations at other facilities.

The first major milestones of the transformation were the installation of Omnicell automated medicine dispensing cabinets at health care facilities across VCH, PHSA and PHC and the construction of the new Vancouver Pharmacy Production Centre (formerly known as the Regional Production Centre), which began operating in fall 2016.

*Please note that the order of the sites rolling out, and associated timeframes, is subject to change.