Show Your Heart For Kids Like Caleb
When Jenaya was pregnant with her son, Caleb, she learned the devastating news that he would be born with a heart condition. At birth and throughout his life, Caleb and thousands of others will rely on the Children’s Hospital-HSC Winnipeg Heart Centre for education, testing, and procedures. The Centre is at its capacity. Today the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba accepted the challenge of fundraising $3.5 million to assist the Manitoba government in prioritizing the redevelopment and relocation of the pediatric cardiology clinic at the Children’s Hospital-HSC Winnipeg. Today, they have called upon Manitobans to show their heart in supporting this initiative.
“The relocation of this clinic will centralize and streamline what is currently a fragmented system, resulting in improved accessibility and quality care for children in need of cardiology services,” said Honourable Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Health. “This investment continues our efforts to modernize health care infrastructure and allow the clinic to provide quality, family-centred care for Manitoba families. In particular, I want to thank the Children’s Hospital Foundation for their important work in moving the project forward.”
Also during this time, the Manitoba Government announced it was kicking off the campaign with a $500,000 start, which was immediately matched by Domino’s Pizza Canada CEO, Michael Schlater, and another $107,000 from Telus.
“We are thrilled our donors have a chance to create and shape the future of pediatric cardiac care in Manitoba,” said Karen Cornejo, Chair, Board of Directors, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. “With caseloads tripling from 1,500 to 6,000 since the clinic opened, we call on all Manitobans to show their heart and help make this necessary space happen for kids like Caleb.”
Pediatric cardiology services are currently located at 685 William Ave. They will be relocated to the new HSC Diagnostic Centre of Excellence building next to and connected to the Children’s Hospital-HSC Winnipeg.
This relocation allows for improvements including two additional examination rooms, four cardiologist offices and dedicated spaces for services such as ultrasound, EKG testing, and counselling, which currently occupy shared areas.
“We’ve recognized an opportunity to expand and improve a facility that helps thousands of Manitoba families every year,” said Ronan Segrave, Interim Chief Operating Officer, HSC. “Centralizing the pediatric cardiology clinic is a necessary step to improve care and reduce the burden on patients who must travel between buildings for care.”
The current clinic, built in the mid-1980s, was designed for roughly one-third of the present clinic volume and significantly less complicated patient requirements. This meant proximity to other hospital services was less of a concern at the time.
Construction on the space is expected to begin later this year.