Activation timeline

The first major milestones of CST 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. The rollout of CST Cerner at facilities and clinics officially began:

  • In April 2018, Vancouver Coastal Health's Lions Gate Hospital and Squamish General Hospital became the first two acute care sites to go live with the CST Cerner clinical information system. 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 qathet General Hospital (screening mammography only) went live in October and November 2018 with Medical Imaging functionality in the CST Cerner system. 
  • Providence Health Care's St. Paul’s Hospital, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital and Holy Family Hospital, as well as their affiliated care homes and select clinics, went live with CST Cerner in November 2019. Providence Health Care started rolling out CST to the remaining sites and clinics in August 2020 and has continued through to fall 2022. 
  • The Provincial Health Services Authority's Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (which replaced Burnaby Centre) went live in December 2019. The Heartwood Centre for Women went live with CST Cerner in September 2020.
  • BC Cancer – Vancouver flipped the switch to launch CST Cerner, and related practice changes in June 2021.
  • BC Children's Hospital & BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre went live with CST Cerner in February 2022 in their acute care sites, associated clinical services (i.e., pharmacy and medical imaging) and a subset of outpatient clinics. 
  • In May 2022, Sechelt Hospital, part of Vancouver Coastal Health's community of care, moved to the new electronic health records system. Additionally, Totem Lodge, Shorncliffe Intermediate Care Home and Sumac Place began using CST Cerner for registration.
  • In November 2022, Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and campus, including the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre, the Willow Pavilion and approximately 50 priority clinics, switched to CST Cerner.
  • BC Cancer – Prince George, the second of BC Cancer’s six centres to implement the system, went live on June 2023.
  • In October 2023, Forensics Psychiatric Hospital transitioned to the new system. Two weeks later, VCH's UBC Hospital (UBCH) campus, including Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, and three long-term care sites went live. Purdy Pavilion at UBCH, Banfield Pavilion on the VGH campus and Banfield at Villa Cathay in Strathcona are the first long-term care sites within Vancouver Community to start using CST Cerner.
  • BC Cancer – Abbotsford was the latest facility to transition to CST Cerner, in January 2024.

See all current live sites and clinics and 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.

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