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Delta throwback: A hospital finally coming

Planning for a hospital in Delta began in the 1960s
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LEFT TO RIGHT: MP John Reynolds, Mayor Tom Goode, Dr. Lee Strzelecki (BC Healthcare Association education director), Delta Centennial Hospital Board chair Robert Reynolds, MLA Carl Liden and Health Minister Dennis Cocke. Not pictured but also at the 1975 groundbreaking ceremony was Allan Kelly, chair of the Greater Vancouver Hospital District.

After years of lobbying and much debate, Delta was about to get its own hospital.

The above photo from July 28, 1975 shows a groundbreaking for the new Delta Hospital.

It was described at the time as an "excellent start for an acute care hospital."

Delta Municipal Council and the Greater Vancouver Regional Hospital District jointly purchased the land in Ladner.

An extended care hospital facility officially opened at the site in 1977 and an acute care hospital building opened in 1980.

The hospital has undergone a number of challenges changes throughout the years, more recently celebrating the opening of the Peter C. and Elizabeth Toigo Diagnostic Services Building.

Part of a master plan, more changes are on the horizon including the replacement of the Mountain View Manor extended care unit.