BC to start new children’s/women’s
VANCOUVER – The first phase in the
redevelopment of BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospitals is about to
begin with a $90.5-million contribution from the Province, benefiting
children and their families across British Columbia, Premier Gordon
“Nobody wants to see their child get sick or hurt, but by further
enhancing these world-class facilities families will have the best
care possible right in our home province,” said Premier Campbell.
“Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our
children, and this project ensures these resources will be around for
our children and grandchildren for decades to come.”
Last year alone, there were more than 196,000 patient visits to BC
Children’s Hospital, including 8,200 child surgeries and 42,800 ER
visits. Approximately 7,000 women gave birth at BC Women’s Hospital last
year, making it one of the busiest maternity centres in Canada.
The redevelopment of BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital,
both agencies of the Provincial Health Services Authority, will be
completed in three phases, with phase one beginning immediately.
The first phase will include opening three additional neonatal intensive
care unit (NICU) beds at BC Women’s Hospital to help care for the
province’s most vulnerable patients. Those additional beds will be added
by November 2010, and will join the provincial network of NICU beds.
First phase work at BC Children’s Hospital and Shaughnessy building also
• Site preparations for the new hospital.
• Additional space for the University of British Columbia’s faculty of
medicine MD program.
• Construction of a brand new clinical support building and
free-standing child day-care centre.
Phase One is expected to cost $90.5 million and generate approximately
579 direct construction related jobs.
The second phase will include:
• Procurement and construction of the new BC Children’s Hospital acute
care centre, including new emergency department, three floors of
inpatient beds, consisting of 96 inpatient medical/surgical beds and 27
oncology inpatient beds, plus an oncology outpatient and day care
program, a 28-bed paediatric intensive care unit (PICU), sterile
processing department and radiology department, and additional expansion
space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine MD program.
• Renovations to create a 70-bed NICU and expanded labour/delivery
The third phase will include:
• Renovation of the existing BC Women’s Hospital to provide ten
additional single-room, maternity-care beds.
• Improvements to the rapid assessment area, and four new high acuity
• Additional renovation work to the BC Women’s inpatient units.
• Relocation of Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and its various
child-development and rehabilitation services and programs to renovated
space in the existing BC Children’s site.
The total project cost for all phases must still be finalized, but is
estimated to be approximately $700 million.
“A world-class, expanded facility for the province’s teaching hospital
will ensure new medical school graduates have access to the
highest-quality learning opportunities,” said Health Services Minister
Kevin Falcon. “We are making investments today to ensure our healthcare
professionals have the best possible environment in which to provide
healthcare services to children from every corner of British Columbia.”
The role of these two hospitals together is to provide critically needed
specialized services to children, women and newborns across British
Columbia,” said Wynne Powell, chair of the Provincial Health Services
Authority board of directors. “The government’s commitment to expanding
these two facilities will help us meet our vision of province wide
solutions and better health.”
The BC Children’s Hospital Foundation has pledged to raise $200 million
through the Campaign for BC Children, with $150 million going toward the
new BC Children’s Hospital and $50 million toward Child Health BC. Child
Health BC is a network of health authorities and health-care providers
across British Columbia dedicated to excellence in the care of infants,
children and youth.
“Thanks to the outpouring of support we’ve seen from thousands of
British Columbians, we are making steady progress towards the Campaign
for BC Children’s $200-million goal,” said Don Lindsay, BC Children’s
Hospital Foundation’s campaign chair, and president and CEO of Teck
Resources Limited. “Building a new BC Children’s Hospital is a major
undertaking and couldn’t be accomplished without strong partnerships
with communities and organizations across B.C.”
“When our child was sick, we spent countless days and hours at BC
Children’s Hospital, and the compassion, dedication and hard work of
everyone there made the experience much more bearable,” said Kelly
Boechler, whose son spent 25 days on life support at BC Children’s
Hospital. “We are so fortunate to have this facility right here in B.C.,
and I know that this new hospital will allow even more families like
ours to receive compassionate care.”
BC Children’s Hospital (BC Children’s) provides expert care for the
province’s most seriously ill or injured children, including newborns
and adolescents. BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BC Women’s)
provides services for pregnant women, newborns and women with
specialized health needs from across the province.
BC Children’s and BC Women’s are both agencies of the Provincial Health
Services Authority (PHSA), and are academic health centres affiliated
with the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the
Child & Family Research Institute, and the Women’s Health Research
Institute. For more information, please visit
The Provincial Health Services Authority plans, manages and evaluates
selected specialty and province-wide, healthcare services across B.C.,
working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver
province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians.
For more information, please visit
Posted September 23, 2010