New children and youth complex-care transition centre Updates

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April 22, 2022

An innovative new centre for children and youth with complex health-care needs is moving forward with government approval of the project’s business plan.

“This important milestone means children across the province with extraordinary health needs will have access to better care as the first-of-its-kind children’s complex-care transition facility in B.C. will fill gaps in much-needed services and supports,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “While other jurisdictions in Canada offer similar services through separate programs, this will be the first centre in the country to provide such a comprehensive range of supports for children with medical complexity at a single site.”

The centre will be for patients up to 19 years old who are living with complex, chronic conditions and have difficulty performing routine daily and typical childhood activities without assistance, have significant caregiving requirements and frequently use the provincial health-care system.

The facility will co-ordinate care by a multi-disciplinary team through a single point of contact; assist families in navigating a complex system of services; train families, caregivers and care providers to comprehensively support their child in their home community; leverage research and innovation to improve the quality of life for children and youth living with health complexity as well as their families and caregivers; and deliver care in a culturally safe environment, both in person and virtually.

“We want all children and youth with complex-care needs to be able to live their lives to the fullest,” said Mitzi Dean, Minister of Children and Family Development. “Having these critical supports at a single site will help ease some of the challenges families face in navigating services and supports, and allow families to concentrate on caring for their children.”

The estimated cost of the project is $221.8 million, which will be shared between the provincial government and Provincial Health Services Authority.

The BC Children’s Hospital Foundation owns the land on which the new centre will be built. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the foundation has made a sizable commitment to support the building of the new centre.

The next step is the procurement process, followed by construction, which is expected to begin in 2025 and be completed in 2028.

The centre will be located at the former site of the Sunny Hill Health Centre in East Vancouver, which was relocated to the main campus of the BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre in August 2020.

A 74-space child care centre will also be built on the site, which will be operated independently from the complex-care centre. The City of Vancouver is contributing half of the cost of the child care centre.

There will be close links between the services provided at the new site and those provided at BC Children’s Hospital campus on Oak Street. The new services will not replicate the acute services provided at BC Children’s Hospital.

Quick Facts:

  • As of 2018, there were approximately 7,800 children with health complexity who accessed services at BC Children’s Hospital, of which 20% lived outside the Lower Mainland.
  • It is estimated that by 2035, more than 9,000 children will have health complexity that will require the type of support the complex-care centre will offer.
  • The term “children and youth living with health complexity” was developed in partnership with a diverse group of provincial stakeholders and expands the focus from a medical model of diagnoses and treatment to prioritizing how a child can live with their health complexity and improve quality of life.

 

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August 24, 2020  New children’s complex care transition centre coming to Vancouver 

Better care is on the way for children across the province with extraordinary health needs, requiring complex care, as government moves forward with a first-of-its-kind children’s complex care transition facility in B.C. —  a leading edge in Canada — with the approval of a concept plan.

“The children’s complex care transition centre, operated by the BC Children’s Hospital, is an opportunity to show innovation by filling gaps in much-needed services and supports for children and young people with complex care needs and will be complementary to what is currently provided in acute care and community settings,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “While other jurisdictions in Canada offer similar services through separate programs, this will be the first centre in the country to provide such a comprehensive range of supports for children with medical complexity at a single site.”

Children with complex care needs often require many different supports that are often challenging for families and caregivers to provide from home. The complex care transition centre will serve as a stepping-stone between acute hospital care, community care and home, providing services under a new, unique model of care designed to support patients and families with the transition.

This “campus” of care will be fully integrated, patient and family-centred, and provide trauma-informed care in a culturally safe environment. The centre will support children in improving the quality of their lives, and those of their family, through education and building local care capacity for those moving back home from an acute care setting, but may not be ready for a full return, as well as helping to avoid crisis situations requiring admission to an acute care facility.

Patients up to 19 years of age and their families will be able to access health-care services ranging from assessment, examination and treatment to education, training and research. Care will be provided by an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals. The centre will also provide training for parents and caregivers to help with care delivery at home, as well as supports for siblings. In addition, the virtual campus and provincewide community-based care network will extend the reach of the centre to every area of B.C. and will also include training and support for caregivers and clinicians.

“Nearly 8,000 children with complex medical and physical needs have accessed BC Children’s Hospital services in the past two years, and that population is only expected to grow,” said Benoit Morin, president and CEO, Provincial Health Services Authority. “We are dedicated to helping children and families across the province lead the fullest and healthiest possible lives and we would like to thank Minister Dix and the Government of B.C. for supporting us as we look forward to building stronger families and more inclusive communities through a new children’s complex care transition centre.”

Kennedy Stewart, mayor of Vancouver, said: “East Vancouver has a long legacy of providing children’s health-care services and this site has always been a point of pride for the community. I am pleased to see this legacy carried forward with a new children’s complex care transition centre. The city looks forward to working closely with PHSA and the Ministry of Health to help keep children’s health care services in East Vancouver.”

The new facility will be located at the current site of the Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, which is on schedule to relocate to the main campus of the BC Children’s and Women’s Hospitals at the end of August 2020. Sunny Hill’s relocation is part of the third and final phase of the BC Children’s and BC Women’s Redevelopment Project, which also included construction of a new clinical support building and the Teck Acute Care Centre.

There will be close links between the services provided on the site and those provided on the main BC Children’s Hospital campus on Oak Street. The new services will not replicate the acute services provided at BC Children’s Hospital.