Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix expected to announce new acute-care hospital in Surrey

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      Surrey's population now exceeds 500,000, with about 1,000 people moving to the city each month.

      Yet B.C.'s second-largest municipality only has one acute-care hospital.

      In response to this situation, Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix plan to host a news conference to provide "an update on planning for a new hospital in Surrey".

      It's widely believed they will announce that a second acute-care centre will be built.

      Surrey councillor Jack Hundial told CBC News that a location has already been found in Cloverdale near the Surrey Museum.

      In September, Dix told the Surrey Now-Leader that an announcement would be made by the end of this year.

      This came after B.C. Liberal MLA Stephanie Cadieux ripped into the premier for not following through on a pre-election pledge to develop a second hospital in Surrey.

      In 2014, Surrey Memorial Hospital completed a $512-million upgrade for a critical-care tower, new emergency department, perinatal centre, intensive-care unit, in-patient beds, and academic space.

      In the meantime, the new St. Paul's Hospital on Vancouver's False Creek Flats is expected to cost $1.9 billion.

      In September, the province committed $1.3 billion to modernize Burnaby Hospital.

      There's no public estimate yet for the cost of a new acute-care centre in Surrey.