Although Pioneer had it's own hospital, it was not well enough equipped to handle surgeries or emergency situations requiring hospital care for the severely injured or sick. The doctors of Pioneer and Bralorne shared the Bralorne hospital for such cases, but when too severe, the patients were sent to the hospital in Vancouver by way of car, train or plane.
When Pioneer closed in 1960, some of the Pioneer crew retired and others left the valley. The few that remained were able to keep working in Bralorne. In the next few months, families moved out of Pioneer and the houses and buildings including the mine buildings were being abandoned. There was no community life in Pioneer anymore.