The Cambie Surgery Centre (CSC) was opened in 1996 by a group of nationally and internationally renowned doctors and independent investors. With the vision of Dr. Brian Day, it was the first medical facility of its kind in Canada. The founders wanted to build a facility where highly skilled doctors could perform surgery on their patients in an environment that offered them access to the latest technology in a setting that emphasized exceptional patient care. The CSC has recently been described by the media as "Canada's finest medical facility". Patients from around the world, including many famous celebrities and athletes, have travelled to Vancouver to receive care at the CSC.
The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) was one of the first supporters of the CSC. Injured workers could be treated within weeks, rather than waiting a year or more in the public system. The WCB saved millions of dollars annually in reduced costs and workers suffered greatly reduced disability. Other federal and provincial agencies have joined the WCB in supporting the centre.
In July 2003, the CSC completed a 9,000 square foot expansion to expand its original 3 operating rooms to 6 operating rooms (3 of which are digital), 14 recovery beds, and 7 in patient rooms. CSC has more operating theatre capacity than most British Columbia hospitals.
The CSC is presently the most technologically advanced surgical centre in Canada and is committed to stay at the leading edge of new advances in medical technology. Through the use of its multi-media broadcast system, the CSC plans to host world conferences so that surgeons from all around the world can communicate and learn.