Build a New Heart Centre
A lot has changed since 1987 at the Children’s Hospital Heart Centre. Conditions that were once fatal are now manageable. Young cardiac patients are living longer, healthier lives than ever before but many are frail, and in need of ongoing medical care. The caseload has increased from 1,500 to 6,000 children.
The current space is no longer adequate to treat these young patients who come through our doors. The waiting room is cramped; there is a lack of treatment and stress test areas, and many areas lack privacy, making it difficult to have conversations where a parent may hear that their child has a heart condition for the first time. In addition, the Cath lab has not been completed which means patients are being sent to Edmonton or Vancouver with their doctor to get these procedures done. Minor procedures are completed when there is space available with borrowed equipment.
The current pediatric Cardiology Clinic is across the street from the lifesaving services of the Children’s Hospital. If a child is in severe cardiac distress and needs immediate help, there are no services available on-site and the child has to be sent across the street. Even the elevator in the building will not accommodate a stretcher or equipment. With your support, the Heart Centre can be relocated to the 4th floor of the Diagnostic Centre of Excellence Building. This location is optimal as it is in the same location as the Cardiac MRI, the intensive care unit, and other essential services.
Heart Centre Update
In 2018 we announced that a brand new Children’s Hospital Heart Centre would be built to accommodate the increased case load as well as being in a location optimal for emergency services. After careful review, the project was raised from $3.5 million to $7.5 million. Within this change, the Cath lab will be completed meaning more patients can stay here for procedures instead of being sent to Edmonton or Vancouver. On top of this expansion, the aging information technology infrastructure limits the Heart Centre. Currently, if the patient graduates from the pediatric program and moves on to adult care, their files are sent via Purolator courier. With updating the technology, all information will be available immediately to surgical sites, Provincial PACS, and Adult Cardiology centres.
With only $3.5 million to go in fundraising, the target for tendering is June 20th and will be on the market for a minimum of 25 days.
Take a peek at some of the designs you will see in the new Pediatric Heart Centre:
Show your heart and help ensure enhanced patient care, shorter wait times, and local care for families for many years to come.