Build a New Heart Centre
A lot has changed since 1987 at the HSC Winnipeg 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 1,800 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, some patients were being sent to Edmonton or Vancouver with their doctor to get catheterization 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, Children’s Emergency, the intensive care unit, and other essential services.
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Heart Centre Update — Summer 2020
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 $10.9 million in 2019. Within this change, the Cath lab was completed, meaning more patients can stay here for procedures instead of being sent to Edmonton or Vancouver. On top of this expansion, information technology infrastructure is being updated so that when a patient graduates from the pediatric program and moves on to adult care, their files will be available immediately to surgical sites, Provincial PACS, and Adult Cardiology centres.
In 2020, the scope of the cardiac campaign was further extended, raising the fundraising goal to $14.7 million. With the numbers of patients with serious conditions steadily increasing, and limited numbers of monitored beds available on inpatient units, integrated remote monitoring has emerged as a critical need for the hospital to help provide timely, life-saving care.
Integrated remote monitoring enables clinical staff to use advanced equipment and technology to monitor children’s vital signs, such as blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, temperature, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate and more. The equipment moves with the child, rather than being fixed in and limited to a specific room.
This much-needed enhancement will benefit kids in hospital, and will provide early identification of serious deterioration or changes in condition, including cardiopulmonary distress, allowing immediate intervention by the care team. The addition of these innovative and cutting-edge systems to more rooms will help HSC Winnipeg Children’s Hospital provide a safer, more patient-centred approach to care, and will ultimately improve both the patient experience and clinical outcomes.
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.
If campaign goal is achieved, additional dollars will be allocated to the area of greatest need.