In The Community
Child Health BC in the Community
In the beginnings of Child Health BC, CHBC played a major role in supporting the development of physical infrastructure for children's health services in the communities of BC. In addition to initiatives, guidelines, and other care delivery support such as telehealth and outreach described elsewhere and that have evolved since CHBC’s beginnings, Child Health BC worked collaboratively with health authorities to support the development of new services and sites. The following are examples of physical sites and services that have developed because of leveraging opportunities provided through Child Health BC and its donors.
Interior Health Authority
Telehealth facilities in Cranbrook Community
The Cranbrook community identified two sites where telehealth would be useful to them in providing services, particularly services for children with developmental conditions and mental health conditions. During the year 2008, through a leveraging opportunity with Child Health BC, specific sites were identified at the Kootenay Child Development Centre and at the mental health building on 2nd Street hosting the Interior Health Children's Assessment Network in Cranbrook. Child Health BC provided telehealth-related equipment to these sites.
Over the years since these sites were initiated, children have been receiving specialized services to better meet their developmental and mental health needs. In addition, health professionals and social and educational professionals have been able to participate in educational opportunities offered throughout the province as well as through other provinces because of the availability of this equipment.
North Okanagan Neurological Association (NONA) Child Development Centre
Child Health BC worked collaboratively with the leadership at NONA and the health authority, at the health authority's prompting, to better support developmental services for children in the North Okanagan.
NONA is a major child development centre which serves children throughout the North Okanagan area. It offers a range of services for children, meeting their developmental and specialized assessment needs.
A Telehealth infrastructure project now facilitates assessment and educational services within NONA. Health and developmental professionals from Vancouver are better able to link with families and professionals in the North Okanagan.
In addition, professionals from the North Okanagan area have been able to link with specialists in other Interior Health communities and access educational opportunities regarding developmental services throughout the province as well as in other provinces across Canada.
Island Health Authority
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) Ambulatory Unit
In a unique partnership in 2008 with the BC Children's Hospital Foundation and the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, Child Health BC committed support to hasten completion of a renovation for an urgently-needed pediatric outpatient centre on the NRGH site.
The local pediatric care team identified an increasing need for ambulatory/outpatient care and the value to children and parents of being able to receive care closer to home. The renovated space provides expanded specialized services, diagnostics and treatment clinics for the children and youth of Central and North Island.
While simultaneously providing an interdisciplinary learning environment for physicians, nurses, social workers and dietitians, the new centre's positive impact is felt in improved wait time as children and their families have less need to travel to Victoria or Vancouver and better access local medical professionals, regional specialists, and visiting specialists from BC Children's Hospital.
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Richmond Hospital Ambulatory Unit
In 2007, Child Health BC met its commitment for the capital re-development of a general pediatric ambulatory clinic pavilion within the Richmond Hospital, involving co-location of a general pediatrics clinic, early childhood mental health program, and a primary care obstetrical practice — allowing interdisciplinary health care providers to work together to the benefit of patients and their families.
Vancouver Coastal Health and Richmond Hospital leaders approached Child Health BC with the realization that patients receiving surgical procedures and other services are increasingly being cared for in an outpatient/ambulatory setting out. Further driven by a focus on developing a more family-inclusive culture, the project included development of areas designed to better suit young surgical patients.
The unit offers maternity services, infant psychiatrists, and health care services dedicated to infants, children, youth, expectant moms and their families. With a vision to expand pediatric ambulatory programs and develop a university-affiliated department of pediatrics, the benefits now extend also to new doctors, nurse practitioners and medical students entering the profession.
Fraser Health Authority
Surrey Memorial Pediatric Emergency Department
In 2013/2014, the new Surrey Memorial Hospital tower opened. As part of the new tower, a new emergency room was developed.
Child Health BC worked collaboratively with the Fraser Health Authority as well as with the Pediatric Emergency Department at BC Children's Hospital and the Emergency Department in Fraser Health Authority to collaboratively create a Pediatric Emergency Room — the first in the province, other than the Pediatric Emergency at BC Children's Hospital, which is outside of Children's Hospital. Made possible because of the leveraging opportunity of three million dollars provide by Child Health BC and its donors.
Associated with this leveraging was the physical space of the Pediatric Emergency Department, agreement on the providers, the roles and responsibilities and the indicators of success that would be undertaken in conjunction with this effort.
A very close collaboration between the BC Children's Hospital Emergency Department and the Surrey Memorial Pediatric Emergency Department has been forged as a result of this collaboration. Ongoing work continues in the areas of quality as well as education and support for providers including both nurses and physicians. This exciting endeavor is leading the way for other collaborations in pediatric emergency throughout the province of British Columbia.
Northern Health Authority
University Hospital of Northern BC Ambulatory Unit
In year 2007 a close collaboration between Child Health BC and the Northern Health Authority brought to fruition the Pediatric Ambulatory Unit at University Hospital of Northern BC in Prince George with CHBC support for equipment and two-year bridge operational funding.
This facility has made possible ambulatory services that are dedicated to pediatrics for children from the Northern Health Authority in both specialty pediatrics as well as sub-specialty pediatrics. The unit is a regular site for telehealth visits as well as for outreach visits from pediatrics and specialists from Children's Hospital.
Because of this unit, it has been possible for children to have less travel in order to see the specialists and sub-specialists that they might need to see for their health needs.
Northern Health Audiology Program
Early treatment of hearing loss leads to the most optimum speech, language, social and educational outcomes for children. Community health and education professionals approached Child Health BC with a goal of reducing geographic, financial, and travel barriers which were preventing or delaying access to intervention through the existing Northwest Public Health Audiology program in Terrace.
In 2008, Child Health BC committed funds through the North Coast Health Improvement Society for a new audiology clinic at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital which now offers streamlined, child-focused care with a pediatric audiometry testing facility, technical lab, chart room and reception area.
The implementation of the BC Early Hearing Program is reducing referrals for audiology services to BC Children's Hospital and making a difference to children during critical early years of their development.