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PREMIER CLARK BREAKS GROUND FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BC CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Posted on 04/04/2011 12:00am

PREMIER CLARK BREAKS GROUND FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BC CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Vancouver, BC - April 4, 2011 - Premier Christy Clark joined donors to BC Children's Hospital Foundation's Campaign for BC Children to break ground today for the first building project on the site of the new BC Children's Hospital. The foundation has raised over $132 million toward its $200-million campaign goal.

"We are building better patient care for B.C families - and parents will tell you that there's nothing more important than knowing care is there for our kids when they need it," said Premier Clark. "Getting shovels in the ground for the Clinical Support Building is an important part of the redevelopment of BC Children's and Women's Hospital."

The 2,346-sq.metre Clinical Support Building will house clinical staff who will move from offices in the 70-year-old Shaughnessy building, part of which will be demolished in 2013 to make way for the new hospital on the site of the existing Children's Hospital.

"Today marks the beginning of a new era in pediatric medicine in BC. This is an important step in Phase One of the construction of a new BC Children's Hospital," said Don Lindsay, BC Children's Hospital Foundation's campaign chair, and president and CEO of Teck Resources Limited. "We wouldn't have reached this stage without the tremendous support we've received from thousands of people across the province and from the Government of British Columbia."

BC Children's Hospital Foundation is raising $200 million through the Campaign for BC Children, with $150 million going towards the new Children's Hospital and $50 million towards Child Health BC, a BC Children's Hospital initiative that is building pediatric care capacity throughout the province.

To date, BC Children's Hospital Foundation has received campaign donations from thousands of British Columbians in over 220 BC communities. The community has now contributed more than $132 million to the Campaign for BC Children. Lead benefactors include Teck Resources Limited, which has pledged $25 million, and the Overwaitea Food Group, which has pledged $20 million to Child Health BC.

The construction of the new BC Children's Hospital will be completed in three phases.

First phase work at BC Children's Hospital and the Shaughnessy building on site also includes:

  • site preparations for the new hospital;

  • construction of a free-standing child day care centre;

  • an expansion of BC Women's Hospital;

  • additional space for the UBC medical school;

  • addition of three new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit beds.

Phase One is expected to cost $90.5 million.

The second and third phases of the project will include the building of the new BC Children's Hospital and renovations and expansion of BC Women's Hospital. The total project cost for all phases, including the new space for UBC's medical school and the Women's Hospital expansion, must still be finalized, but is estimated to be approximately $683 million.

The Campaign for BC Children is calling on British Columbians to "Be a Superhero" for BC's children by making a donation to the campaign. Donations can be made online atwww.beasuperhero.ca. More information on the campaign and its priorities is available atwww.beasuperhero.ca.

About the Campaign for BC Children
Priorities of the Campaign for BC Children include construction of a new hospital - including an Emergency Department, Diagnostics and Imaging area, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, operating suites and patient rooms; the relocation of childhood development and rehabilitation services from Sunny Hill Health Centre in East Vancouver to the Oak Street home of BC Children's, and Child Health BC.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation launched the Campaign for BC Children in April 2008 with the provincial government's support for the plan to rebuild the hospital and relocate Sunny Hill.

About BC Children's Hospital
BC Children's Hospital is the province's only full-service acute care hospital and serves the 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 78,000 children were treated at Children's Hospital. BC Children's Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 120,000 people last year and had revenues of over $56.4 million. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children's Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute. For more information, visit www.bcchf.ca.

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