Series GR-2578 - Records with regard to planning and construction of hospitals

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Records with regard to planning and construction of hospitals

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  • 1948-1980 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

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Originals, 2.4 m

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The Ministry of Health was established in 1976 as the successor to the Dept. of Health (OIC 3199/76). The ministry was responsible for managing public health in the province. In 1977, the department was organized into three major programs for mental health, public health and special health programs. After 1980, the department had three programs: Preventive Services, Direct Community Care Services, and Hospital Programs. Two years later the names of the programs changed to: Community Care, Long Term Care, and Hospital Programs. In 1984 the department’s two programs were Preventive and Community Care Services and Institutional Services. These changed to Hospital Programs, Continuing Care Services, and Emergency Health Services in 1988. Responsibility for seniors was added to the Ministry of Health in 1989, and in 1996 the ministry was renamed Ministry of Health and Ministry Responsible for Seniors (OIC 203/96). In 2001, the functions of the ministry were divided between two new ministries: the Ministry of Health Services and the Ministry of Health Planning.

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Records of the Planning and Construction Division of Hospital Programs, including physical plant surveys of B.C. hospitals in 1948, general construction files and subject files.

Box 1 - Physical Plant surveys for hospitals from AbbotsfordZeballos, done by James A. Hamilton and associates in 1948. Gives a good snapshot of hospitals and hospital services available at the time in different parts of B.C. The published report based on this information, A Hospital Plan of a Professional Educational Programme for the Province of B.C. (1949), gives only a general review of the suitability of various buildings. This report is available in GR 2650 box 3.

Boxes 1-3 - General construction files, includes correspondence relating to construction projects in general.

Boxes 4-6 - Subject files.

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These files were transferred from the Ministry of Health in 1987.


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To be used in conjunction with GR-3476.

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Accession number(s): 87-0654; 91-3178; G90-263

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