It was a truly awe-inspiring feat and an auspicious beginning for the newest health-care facility on the BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre campus on Oak Street in Vancouver.
“The first thing that comes to mind when I think of the new hospital is privacy and comfort. Our first experience in the new hospital was when Judah had his heart catheterization (a procedure to diagnose heart function),” said Kristin, mother of Judah, a pediatric cardiology patient from Vancouver Island.
“In the new hospital, Judah had his own private room. He was recovering and we were able to keep everything calm, quiet and peaceful for him. Having his own room greatly minimized the stress of the day in comparison to procedures we have had in the past when the space wasn’t available.”
The Singhs were one the families who transitioned from the old neonatal ICU (NICU) to the new one with the opening of the Teck ACC. Baby Harmeher Singh weighed just 1,600 grams when he was born prematurely. Harmeher and his family experienced an immediate, positive change in both care and environment between the two vastly different spaces.
“Harmeher means God’s blessing, and he truly is God’s blessing to us,” said Harmeher’s mother, Bubblepreet Randhawa. “We’re so thankful that the NICU team saved him and to have been in this bigger private room, where my husband spent the night and Harmeher’s big brother was able to come visit to spend more time with his baby brother and share mommy-time.”
“The BC Women’s NICU
is North America’s first purpose-built unit of its kind, where mothers receive their postpartum care in the same room, from the same NICU nurse, as their newborns who need neonatal intensive care so that these mothers and babies need not be separated after birth,” said Cheryl Davies, chief operating officer, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre.
As well as the Emergency Department, NICU and private rooms, the Teck ACC houses a range of patient care services, including the labour and delivery unit for complex pregnancies, expanded dedicated obstetrical surgical suites, blood transfusion services, and a centralized medical equipment depot and sterile processing service.
Benefits for patients and their families in the new building include more natural light and access to the outdoors, and amenities like kitchenettes, laundry, family lounges and play areas.
“It’s been inspiring to witness the vision of the Teck Acute Care Centre come to life,” said Linda Lemke, chief operating officer, BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children.
“Every detail—from its innovative and state-of-the-art technology, down to its colour palette—all work together to provide children with a comfortable and welcoming space.”
The Teck ACC is part of the BC Children’s and BC Women’s Redevelopment Project to improve care at BC Children’s and BC Women’s hospitals. The provincial government is contributing $678 million toward the three-phased project.
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation provided $150-million in funding, plus an additional $6 million for the Children’s Healing Experience Project in the Teck ACC to create a healing environment through art and sensory technology enhancements to engage, calm and positively distract patients during care.
BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation contributed funds for enhanced patient care in the NICU.