BC Children’s Hospital is Not Just For Vancouver

October 7, 2009 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

MapBCI am so excited to see a new super community submission from Stewart, BC!  Welcome to the search!!

 I think it’s great to see representation from across the province since BC Children’s Hospital is so much more than a hospital for Vancouver. 

Did you know that 67 per cent of BC Children’s Hospital’s patients come from outside the City of Vancouver? Some more quick stats for you: 

  • In 2008 we had 130 patient visits from Bella Coola Valley, 484 visits from Cariboo-Chilcotin, 376 Peace River North and 465 visits from Terrace alone.
  • Roughly half of kids seen at Children’s need to travel at least three hours to visit a specialist or have surgery at Children’s.
  • The cost for a Vancouver Island family to come to Vancouver for care is about $632.

Travelling to Children’s Hospital is a stressful and expensive endeavour for families. Ideally, we would love to have every kid in BC provided with the same standard of care given at BC Children’s Hospital in their local community. But of course it is unrealistic to expect a hospital that serves a city population of 80,000 to have in-depth ability to diagnose and care for rare childhood illnesses or a nursing station in the North serving 4,000 to have a pediatric surgeon on staff.

There are, however, steps that can be made to share knowledge with local health facilities and consult on a patient’s case without having the family travel to Children’s Hospital for every check up or consultation. This is where a cool new program, funded by donors, is starting to develop. 

Child Health BC is an initiative of BC Children’s Hospital that works with local health authorities to deliver Children’s Hospital’s standard of care, equipment, facilities and teachings to over 260 of BC’s communities. 

The program, which began just two years ago, and which gets the majority of its funding from donors (including a pledge from Overwaitea Food Group for $20-million), has already reached some amazing milestones.

  • A new pediatric audiology clinic opens at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital
  • Nanaimo Regional General Hospital opens a pediatric ambulatory care unit to house diagnostic and treatment clinics for children and youth in areas such as Gastrointestinal, Endocrinology (diabetes) and Neurology.
  • Telehealth opening in Vernon – Telehealth videoconferencing technology helps to overcome barriers of geography, transportation infrastructure, or socio-economic disparity by enabling clinical consultation, continuing professional education, and healthcare management.

  In their submission, Super Community Stewart wrote:  

As many families in the North utilize the services of BC Children’s Hospital, the Stewart RCMP decided that it was time once again to raise money for this wonderful facility.

 It’s a sentiment many communities share, so thanks must go out to all the communities – large and small – for supporting this program and showing your commitment to kids in every corner of BC.

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