During the event MLA Sam Sullivan presented six-year-old Sammy Holmes with a ceremonial key to the new hospital, which he will hold on to until it opens its doors this fall.
In 2010, Sammy was born two-weeks premature with Down Syndrome at BC Women’s. He spent the first few days of his life in an incubator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). One week after going home, he was rushed to the emergency department with congestive heart failure, followed by another week in the hospital; and at four months old, he had surgery at BC Children’s for a hole in his heart.
When the Teck Acute Care Centre at BC Children's Hospital opens patients like Sammy and his parents will have access to features like the new NICU and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), designed with family-centered care in mind. The new NICU and PICU include single-patient rooms that provide supportive environments for both short-stay patients and those that require longer-term stays or more complex care.
Many milestones achieved to-date:
• Between 2006 and 2012:
- Ministry of Health approved business cases and funding
- Architects, clinical teams, hospital staff and leaders began designing how the new hospital would function, and conceptualizing its needs and layout
- Hundreds of health-care providers, hospital staff, designers, families and donors walked through full-scale, 3D mock ups of patient-care and procedure rooms to visualize and plan
•Between 2014 and 2017:
- Affinity Partnerships was selected to design, build, finance and maintain the new hospital
- Buildings were demolished, removing approximately 240 tonnes of material each day
- 32,600 cubic metres of concrete was poured for the foundation
- Additional landscaping, art, healing gardens and the one-kilometre Wellness Walkway installation began on the campus
- The colours and critters wayfinding design feature was unveiled
- BC Women’s Hospital Urgent Care Centre renovation began
- A topping off ceremony took place April 2016 which celebrated the structural completion of all levels
•When completed, the hospital will be 59,400 square metres (640,000 square feet) of clinical space on eight floors with 231 single-patient rooms
•It will include medical/surgical inpatient units, an emergency department, medical imaging, procedural suites, a hematology/oncology department, a pediatric intensive care unit, a high-risk labour and delivery suite, and a neonatal intensive care unit