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Djavad Mowafaghian Child Care Centre opens

Posted on 24/04/2014 1:30pm

Djavad Mowafaghian Child Care Centre opens at BC Children’s Hospital
Child Care Centre construction funded with $4-million gift

April 24, 2014 - Vancouver, BC – Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian, C.M., O.B.C. joined Minister of Health Terry Lake to officially open the Djavad Mowafaghian Child Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital on April 24. The centre was built thanks to Dr. Mowafaghian’s $4-million donation to the foundation’s recently completed $200-million capital campaign.

“One of the greatest things we can do for our children is to ensure they have the best start in life,” said Dr. Mowafaghian. “Every day the staff at BC Children’s Hospital work to achieve this. I am honoured to be able to support them in their work in this way.”

The 692-sq.m. (7,450-sq.ft.) centre has space for 49 children, including 12 infants (under 17 months), 12 toddlers (18 to 36 months) and 25 preschoolers (30 months to five years), and was designed with specific areas for each of these age groups. It also features 933 sq.m. (10,043 sq.ft.) of outdoor space, beautifully landscaped for play.

“Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian’s generosity is once again having a tremendous impact on B.C.’s children,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The parents whose children attend this centre can spend their working days secure in the knowledge that their children are well cared for, even as they provide the best in care to the sick and injured children of B.C.”

The building follows B.C.’s Wood First Act and is built to achieve LEED Gold certification. The building employs a number of sustainability features including the use of natural light and the incorporation of trees cut to make space for the building as part of the outdoor play structure. Concert Properties donated project management services.

This licensed child care centre is a unique partnership between the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the YMCA of Greater Vancouver to provide care for BC Children’s Hospital, Women’s Hospital & Health Centre and PHSA employees who work on the Oak Street site.

“The Djavad Mowafaghian Child Care Centre will provide an important support for hospital staff with children,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “On behalf of the Government of British Columbia, I thank Dr. Mowafaghian for the $4 million donation that helped build this facility.”

Dr. Mowafaghian’s donation, announced in 2009, was the second major gift to BC Children’s Hospital from the Vancouver philanthropist and businessman. In 2004 he donated $6 million to fund the extensive renovation of the BC Children’s Hospital outpatient clinic for children with cancer and other adjacent clinics. He remains the largest individual donor to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

About BC Children’s Hospital

BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute-care hospital dedicated to serving close to one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children’s specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 81,000 children were treated at Children’s Hospital. In 2012-13 BC Children’s Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 140,000 people and had revenues of $91.9 million. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children’s Hospital, its research institute and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. For more information visit www.bcchf.ca and follow @BCCHF on Twitter.

About the Campaign for BC Children

In November 2013, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation announced the conclusion of the Campaign for BC Children, the largest health-care capital campaign in the province’s history. The $200 million raised is being used to support the construction of the Teck Acute Care Centre, the heart of the new BC Children’s Hospital, including an Emergency Department, Diagnostics and Imaging, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, operating rooms and patient rooms; the relocation of childhood development and rehabilitation services to the Oak Street home of BC Children's, and Child Health BC, a BC Children's Hospital initiative that is building pediatric care capacity across B.C. BC Children's Hospital Foundation received campaign donations from over 80,000 people in 270 BC communities. Site preparation for the new hospital is underway. Construction will start in the fall of 2014 with completion expected by 2017.

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