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Sunny Hill Health Centre

Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children offers specialized services to children with disabilities and their families from across the province. Sunny Hill serves children from birth to age 19.


Better health for children, youth and women, achieved with partners who seek and share knowledge and work together to ensure access to the best care in the best setting.


  • To be a provincial and regional resource and integrate our roles as an academic health centre
  • To provide provincial and regional leadership in assessing and meeting health care needs
  • To support, respect and value our people.

How we serve BC

Because the children and families who need Sunny Hill’s services are located in communities throughout BC, the Sunny Hill team uses innovative initiatives like traveling clinics and telehealth outreach as well as patient visits to the Sunny Hill facility to serve the special needs of children with disabilities. More than 80 per cent of the children and families who rely on Sunny Hill live outside Vancouver, but only a small number of children will require a stay in Sunny Hill's inpatient program as part of their care.
Sunny Hill's teams of health professionals provide assessment, diagnosis, consultation, referral and, in select cases, treatment. Designing services to complement the resources available in each child's home community, the teams address:
  • Development and behaviour, including complex developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury and prenatal exposure to alcohol and other drugs. (Accompanying difficulties may involve language or learning disabilities and problems with social or emotional development.)
  • Neuromotor disabilities such as cerebral palsy that mainly affect physical and motor development and often cause delays or disorders in other areas
  • Sensory impairment such as hearing loss and impaired sight that may also involve complex medical needs and developmental problems
  • Transition planning to help meet the significant challenges of caring for Sunny Hill children returning to the community, and respite services to give families a break from providing care by admitting their children as inpatients for short stays
Sunny Hill and BC's Children's Hospital are part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) pediatric portfolio providing comprehensive specialized health services for children and adolescents and their families.

Research and education

Affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC) and other post-secondary partners across the province, Sunny Hill is one of a few sites in Canada providing education and experience for physicians specializing in developmental pediatrics. Each year, more than 150 health professionals in training gain experience at Sunny Hill. Sunny Hill's physicians and health professionals are also highly involved with research in partnership with UBC and the Child and Family Research Institute.