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Vancouver Convention Health Centre (COVID-19 Response): Planning, implementation, and four lessons learned

D. Ross Brown, OMM, CD, MD, FRCSC, Peter Hennecke, RN, BScN, MA, CD, Doug Nottebrock, MD, Paul Dhillon, MSc, DM-EMDM, CCFP(EM), DTM&H(Lon), FRGS


The Vancouver Convention Health Centre (VCHC) was rapidly set up as a part of the COVID-19 response in British Columbia in order to create surge hospital capacity bed space. Multiple field hospitals were set up across the country in preparation for a possible surge and the VCHC utilized a non-traditional health care space and overlaid it with medical infrastructure. Maximum flexibility was required in planning for multiple patient populations and a novel four-box concept to plan for the requirements of the respective possible populations was developed. Key difficulties that needed to be overcome in planning COVID-19 medical care delivery in a non-traditional space included oxygen delivery, unknown future patient populations, and staffing. A clear recommendation can also now be made that healthcare provision should be considered during the design and build of new recreational or convention facilities in all communities.


COVID-19, field hospital, alternate care site

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