Fraser Health Authority announced it has developed a master plan for Langley Memorial Hospital

Master plan developed for Langley Memorial Hospital

Plan will act as a road map for investment in hospital built in mid-’60s

Langley residents will soon find out what capital investments Fraser Health will be making at Langley Memorial Hospital.

Several years in the making, the LMH master plan is complete and “will act as a road map for investments,” promised Fraser Health CEO Michael Marchbank earlier this month.

He was speaking in front of a packed room at at the Coast Hotel conference centre in Langley City during the Fraser Health board meeting, which was open to the public.

Following the meeting, the board toured LMH.

Langley’s hospital has not seen a major expansion since its opening in 1965. The only addition to the structure took place recently with a second-storey added to the hospital’s maternity ward.

The population in Langley has exploded since 1965 and is expected to double in 30 years, with 12,500 of those people expected to be senior citizens, said FHA.

The new LMH executive director Jason Cook and Langley physician, Dr. Mitchell Fagan offered the board a look into what is being done differently at LMH.

According to Fraser Health’s quarterly Quality Care report cards on all hospitals, LMH ranks among the best.

It is the only one which has not had a C. Diff outbreak in two years. It is also the only hospital in the region with elective surgery waits no longer than 52 weeks.

It is also one of only two hospitals with nurse practitoners (eight). Langley also hosts a large number of UBC medical residents.

Admissions to LMH are slightly higher than the average, but ER visits are slightly lower than average. Langley’s overall population is more obese, and has higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders than most other communities in the region, said Cook.

Of late, LMH was lacking in emergency doctors, but a recruitment process has resulted in 14 full-time ER physicians, said Fagan who has been a physician in Langley for 20 years.

“We are also working on getting more family physicians for Langley residents,” he said.

Unlike hospitals, such as Royal Columbian, that use their hallways to treat patients, LMH has a ‘no hallway beds’ rule.

“We don’t believe hallway beds is appropriate care for patients,” said Cook. While discharge rates have improved dramatically, re-admission rates are still a concern.

“We’ve hired a co-ordinator in complex care to help with this,” said Cook.

LMH has 203 acute care beds, 114 doctors, eight nurse practitoners and 20 medical residents.

Just Posted

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered Langley girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

WATCH: Farm Country Brewing in Langley City expected to open in summer

Farm Country Brewing is currently under construction and is planned to open in summer 2019.

LETTER: Langley letter writer takes jabs at mayor’s jersey choice

A sports fan chides Langley City’s mayor for sporting an Oilers jersey in Canucks country.

LETTER: Local Liberal MP challenges letter writer’s facts on immigration

The local MP makes the distinction between asylum seekers, immigrants and refugees.

Dr. Keith Lamont, founder of Langley Community Music School, passed away at age 89

Dr. Keith Lamont’s funeral service is on Jan. 20 at the Langley Community Music School

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Book a ride on a driverless shuttle in Surrey or Vancouver

Automated vehicle demos are being offered, as the two cities plan pilot projects with the shuttles

Heavy snowfall expected on the Coquihalla

Snowfall warning in effect for the Coquihalla Highway, from Hope to Merritt

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

Missing man from Crowsnest Pass could be in Lower Mainland

58-year-old Stuart David Duff was last seen on Jan. 6, 2019.

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Most Read