London Drugs owners gives Vancouver’s new St. Paul’s Hospital $6.5M for cardiac wing

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The new St. Paul’s Hospital cardiac centre in Vancouver will be known as the Tong Louie Cardiac Wing recognizing the $6.5-million donation from the family that owns London Drugs.

The London Drugs Foundation and the Tong and Geraldine Louie Family Foundation are contributing the sum for the new hospital near Main Street and Terminal Avenue.

The Standard-Freeholder said the funds will be used for an in-patient wing to be built on the False Creek Flats. The wing will be located close to imaging and diagnostic areas, operating rooms, outpatient clinics, cardiac research labs and medical offices. The design is meant to allow patient treatment and research side-by-side.

Construction of the new hospital is not expected to begin for a few years since the City of Vancouver rezoning process is expected to take more than a year.

The Louie family matriarch Geraldine Louie received exceptional care at St. Paul’s towards the end of her life and while being treated for congenital heart disease.

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