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BC Children’s and Women’s hospital unveils ‘whimsical and kid friendly’ design of new acute care centre

The Teck Acute Care Centre is slated to open November 2017

The lighting inside the new acute care centre will change throught the day to mirror the lighting outside.

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The lighting inside the new acute care centre will change throught the day to mirror the lighting outside.

BC Children’s and BC Women’s hospital is unveiling the “whimsical and kid-friendly” interior design of its new $680 million acute care centre, a project influenced by feedback from children themselves.

The Teck Acute Care Centre (TACC), replaces three buildings that were demolished in 2014 at the centre of the BC Children and Women’s campus on Oak Street. TACC is slated to open in November 2017.

 Its project leader says the expansion is a response to a shift in how health providers deliver care.

“Our current hospital is from the 1980s … we’re moving away from the provider centered model and more toward family centered care,” said Eleanor Lee, Senior director of design and implementation for the TACC project.

The $680-million project replaces three buildings at the centre of BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital campus on Oak Street.

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The $680-million project replaces three buildings at the centre of BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital campus on Oak Street.

Children heal best when parents or caregivers are able to stay with them as much as possible, said Lee.

“Not only does it take a village to raise a child, but it takes a whole family to heal one.”

“What we have done with the design of the hospital is we have incorporated spaces that encourage the family to stay and be part of the healing journey.”

All patient rooms at TACC are single-occupancy with room for loved ones to stay overnight.

The strategy has the added benefit of lowering healthcare costs, Lee added.

“What studies have shown is … allowing the family to stay with the patient actually improves recovery time. If patients are at the hospital for shorter times, then ultimately it helps lowers healthcare costs.”

Youth aged three to 22 years old were asked for their input on the design of the hospital, said Lee. Every area is modeled after different parts of B.C. with the hope that children from all over the province can relate to the facilities. Designers aimed to “make the building as whimsical and kid friendly as possible,” and one of the areas is beach themed, said Lee.

“One in particular was a kid who talked about the beach and said that it reminds her of the time her dad and her would walk along the beach, Crescent Beach, and they would pick up sea shells.”

The new TACC is nature-themed and designs represent ecosystems from all over B.C.

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The new TACC is nature-themed and designs represent ecosystems from all over B.C.

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