Helping to build and manage the new Teck Acute Care Centre (TACC) is Shaun Taylor’s way of thanking all those who helped care for his son, Caden.
Shaun Taylor is the new general manager of the TACC at BC Children's Hospital (BC Children's) and BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre (BC Women's). This role carries great personal significance for him because his son, Caden, has spent much time at BC Children's over the years.
When Caden was about three years old, his struggle began with a rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy. Initial seizures later became prolonged events and he was also diagnosed with autism and mobility issues.
For more than a decade, Caden was in and out of BC Children’s, spending hundreds and hundreds of days undergoing tests, exams and surgeries.
“When you’re at BC Children’s, you’re there for the worst reasons, but in the best place,” Taylor says.
What stood out for Taylor was the dedication of the doctors, nurses, clerks, housekeepers – everyone who did their best to make sure his family would receive the best care possible.
“During the hundreds and hundreds of days we spent in BC Children's, it was incredible,” he says.
He has never forgotten the exceptional care his son received. So when he was offered an opportunity to be a part of the BC Children's and BC Women's Redevelopment Project team building the new hospital on campus, he jumped at the chance.
Not only does Taylor have more than 20 years of experience in health care in addition to his personal experiences with his son, he knew taking on his role as general manager of the TACC would be the greatest way he could thank all those people who helped care for Caden.
“I can’t have a direct role in the healing process, but I can help provide the resources and tools that care providers need to deliver the best care possible.”
For Taylor, coming to work every day is his way of saying thank you to all the staff.
“The talent and calibre of the people working on the BC Children's and BC Women's Redevelopment Project is humbling. Everyone works very hard, focusing on incredible details to ensure this facility will provide the best of care,” he says. “Every day, I witness how much each person cares about building the best hospital possible. It’s a privilege to work with them and to learn about the how and the why behind the building design and care delivery models.”
Taylor is especially excited about what the new TACC will offer families. It will have 231 private patient rooms, allowing families to stay together. It will also include kitchenettes, laundry facilities, family lounges, play areas and resource rooms – amenities that mean a lot to patients and families who are in the hospital for long periods.
“No matter how many times you sincerely thank everyone that has cared for your child, it never ever truly translates — the appreciation, gratitude and respect you have for how they do their jobs,” Taylor says.
Last December, Global BC News
interviewed Shaun about his role as the general manager of the TACC and why the job means so much to him. Watch the interview here