Dec 2023

Hospital at Home: New service helps acute care patients recover at home


Hospital at Home set to launch January 8, 2024 at SPH


For the past few months, the Hospital at Home team has been hard at work preparing for the program’s anticipated launch on Jan. 8, 2024. The team achieved a key milestone this week, moving into their newly renovated space in the former conference room 7 in the Conference Centre

Hospital at Home (HaH) enables eligible patients to receive acute-level care in their homes, rather than in the hospital. It is designed to increase acute care capacity, improve patient outcomes and increase patient satisfaction. HaH is not a new concept – hospitals around the world have been offering it for more than 20 years. And in B.C., Island Health and Northern Health have had their own HaH programs  since 2020 and 2021 respectively.

In preparation for launch, the project team has been meeting with various departments to ensure that they understand how Hospital at Home will impact their processes and workflows. The team has also been setting up a new space for the HaH program and acquiring the necessary equipment to deliver care in patients’ homes. The clinical team is coming together — nurses,  pharmacists,  pharmacy assistants, a clinical nurse educator and a care management leader have been hired to support the program.

“Hospital at Home offers a more patient-centered approach to hospital care,” says Sandy Barr, program director Medicine, Older Adult and Palliative. “I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this program a reality and I’m excited to welcome our first patients in January.”

The program will start with three patient spaces, ramping up to nine by the end of March 2024.

Open House:

The Hospital at Home team is hosting an open house in their new space on Friday, Jan. 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Drop by for coffee, cake and celebratory remarks from president and CEO Fiona Dalton and Sandy Barr.

Visit our page on Connect and check out our infographic to learn more about how Hospital at Home delivers care.