BC Children's Hospital
BC Children's Hospital is the province's only full-service, pediatric acute care hospital and serves the one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children's Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children's specialists, in their home community.
Last year, more than 78,000 children were treated at Children's Hospital. BC Children's Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 115,000 people last year and had revenues of over $85.5 million. Funds raised by the Foundation are used to support BC Children's Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute.
What is the Campaign for BC Children?BC Children's Hospital Foundation launched the Campaign for BC Children in 2008. It is a $200-million fundraising initiative that will provide $150 million to support the construction of a new hospital and the relocation of Sunny Hill Health Centre from Slocan Avenue to the hospital site. The remaining $50 million will support the expansion of Child Health BC, a Children's Hospital initiative that is improving access to pediatric care throughout the province.
- The new hospital will facilitate a transformation in the delivery of pediatric care. Much has changed in the three decades since the current hospital opened; New treatments, technologies and a change in the types of patients we see have moved us beyond the limits of what the existing facility will permit, meaning that only the building is holding us back.
- Today's technology permits faster diagnoses and less invasive treatments, but the current hospital cannot house the equipment we need. As well, due to a lack of isolation rooms infectious diseases pose a potential threat that we can't adequately address. Construction of a new hospital will ensure our children receive the best critical care available now, and well into the future.
- When the existing hospital opened in 1982 it was already too small. It continues to operate well beyond its intended capacity.
- The existing hospital cannot adequately meet the needs of patients with chronic and complex conditions that were rarely seen when the hospital was built.
- Children with illnesses that would once have claimed their lives are now surviving into adulthood. For these children, survival is not without lasting challenges. Children's hospitals now expect that in the near future as many as 75 per cent of their beds will be occupied by children with chronic and complex conditions.
- BC Children's Hospital is an internationally renowned leader in pediatric care and research and needs to expand and improve its facilities if it is to continue to attract leading pediatric specialists from across the globe and provide the best possible care.
- Medicine today is family focused - yet BC Children's Hospital can't accommodate families. Parents, whose involvement in care helps children heal faster, are unable to stay comfortably at their child's bed side. Across North America, new children's hospitals are family-centred and conducive to healing.
BC Children's Hospital Foundation launched the Campaign for BC Children in April 2008. To date, the Foundation has received campaign donations from thousands of British Columbians in 270 BC communities. The community has contributed in excess of $137 million to date toward the $200-million campaign.
Priorities of the Campaign for BC Children include:
- Construction of a new hospital - including an Emergency Department, Diagnostics and Imaging, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Operating Rooms and patient rooms;
- The relocation of childhood development and rehabilitation services from Sunny Hill Health Centre in East Vancouver to the Oak Street home of BC Children's and;
- Child Health BC, a BC Children's Hospital initiative that is building pediatric care capacity throughout the province
Site preparation for the new hospital is underway. Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2014, with completion expected in 2017.
To see the complete timeline, visit our Campaign Priorities webpage.