Fraser Health

The Fraser Health Authority (FHA) is one of six publicly funded health care Regions into which the Canadian province of British Columbia is divided.

Fraser Health Authority
MottoBetter health. Best in health care.
TypeBritish Columbia Health Authority
Dr. Victoria Lee
$3.3 billion in 2014-15[1]
22,000 staff; 2,500 physicians; 6,500 volunteers[1]


Fraser Health was created in December 2001 as part of a province-wide restructuring of health authorities by the new government of Premier Gordon Campbell. It merged three former health regions: Simon Fraser Health Region (SFHR), South Fraser Health Region and the Fraser Valley Health Region (FVHR).

SFHR had been formed in 1996 by the merger of The Fraser-Burrard Hospital Society (Royal Columbian Hospital, Eagle Ridge Hospital and Ridge Meadows Hospital) with the Burnaby Health Region (Burnaby Hospital) and the extended care facilities operated by the Pacific Health Care Society (Queen's Park Care Centre and Fellburn Care Centre).

It is governed by the provincial Health Authorities Act.


It has 22,000 employees and serves the region from Boston Bar in the Fraser Canyon all the way down the Fraser River Valley to the Vancouver suburbs of Burnaby and Delta. It is the largest health authority by population in British Columbia. Its 1.6 million residents include approximately 38,100 First Nations people associated with 32 bands.[1]

Three rapidly growing communities also included in Fraser Health are Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, and Surrey; all three are served by expanding community-focused acute-care hospitals and related services.

Fraser Health provides health care services for the following communities:

Fraser NorthFraser SouthFraser East
CoquitlamWhite Rock*Harrison Hot Springs
New Westminster*Hope*
Maple Ridge*District of Kent
Pitt MeadowsMission*
Port CoquitlamBoston Bar
Port Moody*
*indicates location of hospital

The region's portion of anti-vaccination population occasionally contributes to outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as the 2014 measles outbreak of 320 cases, the most in BC history.[2] Between Aug. 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018 Fraser Health performed over 91,000 surgeries and postponed nearly 2,300 operations on the day of surgery[3].

Facilities and services

Services provided by Fraser Health include primary health care, community home care, mental health and addictions, acute medical, and surgical services.

Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centreopened in August 2008.

The Royal Columbian Hospital, located in the city of New Westminster, is the oldest hospital in British Columbia and one of Fraser Health's busiest. A major tertiary care facility known for trauma care, neurosurgery and open-heart surgery, the Royal Columbian Hospital has the only program capable of performing cardiac surgery for expectant women in the Province of British Columbia. In September 2018 it was announced that Fraser Health had purchased two private MRI clinics in Surrey, British Columbia and Abbotsford, British Columbia. [4]

According to TheProgress, Home support clients within Fraser Health will now have their care directly managed by the health authority.[5]

The change is being made because contracts with external service providers for home support services are set to expire in March 2020.


The Board of Directors functions as Fraser Health's governing body, and oversees the conduct of the organization's business through the Executive Team, which is responsible for the day-to-day operations. Board members are appointed by the Minister of Health through the provincial Board Resourcing and Development Office. Prior to the 2001 regionalization, communities elected board representatives.

Board ChairsChief Executive Officers
Barry ForbesLynda Cranston
Michael Marchbank (interim)
Keith PurchaseBob Smith
Gordon BarefootKeith Anderson (interim)
David MitchellDr. Nigel Murray
Wynne Powell (interim)Dr. David Ostrow (interim)
Karen MattyMichael Marchbank
Jim SinclairDr. Victoria Lee

See also

Other Health Authorities in British Columbia:


  1. "Quick Facts: Snapshot of Fraser Health". Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  2. Ball, David P. (March 31, 2014). "Fraser Health to 'respect' religious views on vaccines". Vancouver 24 Hours. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  3. "In the last year, Fraser Health postponed 2,300 operations on day of surgery". CKNW. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  4. "Fraser Health to buy two private MRI clinics in Surrey, Abbotsford - Surrey Now-Leader". Surrey Now-Leader. 2018-09-24. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  5. "Fraser Health home support will soon be provided in-house". Chilliwack Progress. 2019-03-31. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
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