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Alberta Children's Hospital

, Calgary Alberta Canada  
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Name Alberta Children's Hospital
Address 2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Town Calgary
State Alberta
Country Canada
Post Code T3B 6A8
Phone 403 955 7211
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About Alberta Children's Hospital

When the new Alberta Children’s Hospital opened in September 2006 in Calgary, Alberta, the hospital became the first free-standing pediatric facility to be built in Canada in more than 20 years.

The Alberta Children’s Hospital was designed by the people who will use the building the most – patients, families, physicians and staff of the hospital. In 2002, architects created renderings of how the hospital could look; a multi-storey brick building. These drawings were brought to the hospital’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and changed beyond recognition into a colourful, kid-friendly building closely resembling toy building blocks. This is how the building looks today as it sits on a hilltop overlooking downtown Calgary, the Bow River and the Rocky Mountains.

The vision for the Alberta Children’s Hospital was to create a building that would reduce stress and promote healing. The interior of the hospital has been designed to enable the delivery of family centred care. Children are not just little adults – unique and specialized health care teams are required to provide care to this patient population. The hospital includes supports for families such as sleeping facilities for parents in each patient room, a babysitting service for siblings of patients, a sacred space for spiritual activities, a pet visitation room and the Healing Gardens that surround the new hospital, giving parents and their children areas to heal, to have fun and to spend private time.

The Alberta Children’s Hospital is used by patients from birth to age 18 from southern Alberta, southeastern British Columbia and southeastern Saskatchewan.

** Vision **
Providing excellence in family-centred care.

** Mission **
In partnership with our community we advocate for, provide leadership, and are committed to providing accessible, comprehensive, integrated and coordinated health services.

** Guiding Principles **

Family-centred care

Children are not just little adults; this is especially true in a health care environment. Parents and families participate in treatment decisions, post-operative and ongoing care plans as members of multi-disciplinary teams. This is family-centred care.

Health care professionals are the experts on health and disease. Families are the experts on their child and can offer essential information to enhance their child’s health care. The guiding principles of family-centred care are:

* Respect - Parents and other family members deserve the same respect as other
members of the team. Families’ choices should be respected along with their
values, beliefs and cultural backgrounds.

* Information Sharing – As important members of the team, families are
entitled to timely, complete and unbiased information offered in a
supportive way. This allows them to make wise decisions about their child’s

* Collaboration – Patients and families should be active participants in the
decisions made for their child. A family knows their child and the family’s
strengths and circumstances. Professionals offer medical and other technical
expertise. Together the best treatment plans can be created for the patient.

* Confidence Building - Family-centred care programs and services build
families’ confidence and ability to care for themselves and their child.

A Teaching Hospital

The Alberta Children's Hospital is considered a centre of excellence in pediatric health care. We assist in the training of student doctors, nurses and other health care professionals from teaching programs around the world. While these students are working in the hospital, they are under the supervision of hospital staff and your child's personal physician.
History Of Alberta Children's Hospital

During its early history, the Alberta Children's Hospital primarily served polio and tuberculosis patients, who lived in the facility full-time. Today, the majority of the patients seen at the facility are treated on an outpatient basis, not staying in the facility overnight, but visiting their health care teams for on-going care through the Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment Clinics. This clinic-based program has been used as a worldwide model for outpatient care.

Junior Red Cross Hospital
In 1922, Alberta Children’s Hospital was known as the Junior Red Cross Hospital. It was located in Calgary, near the former site of the Alberta Children's Hospital on 1820 Richmond Road SW. An increased demand for children’s healthcare resulted in the hospital’s relocation to a second facility, also only blocks away from the Richmond Road location. In its second location, it was renamed the Junior Red Cross Crippled Children’s Hospital.

Alberta Crippled Children’s Hospital
The site at 1820 Richmond Road SW, Calgary, Alberta was adopted in 1952 when provincial and federal grants resulted in the construction of two wings. In 1957, the Red Cross discontinued its sponsorship of the facility and the hospital was then registered under the Province of Alberta Societies Act as a non-profit organization and renamed the Alberta Crippled Children’s Hospital. By 1960, the hospital took the name it holds today – the Alberta Children's Hospital and moved under the mandate of the provincial government.

Present Alberta Children's Hospital
The Alberta Children’s Hospital opened to the public on September 27, 2006. The 750,000 square foot building located on the University of Calgary’s West Campus was built with the needs of patients and their families in mind. Physicians, nurses, parents, youth, children and many others contributed their expertise to the design and planning of the hospital.

As well as talking to the community, children and youth joined in the planning efforts. A volunteer committee known as the Child and Youth Advisory Council (CAYAC), consisted of 20 young advisors ranging in age from eight to 18. They provided input to the planners on a wide range of issues. Feedback on the hospital’s design was collected by encouraging children and youth to share their creative talents. Children were asked to draw and colour their vision on paper for the Alberta Children's Hospital.

The end result is a state-of-the-art facility that helps patients and their families feel at home while they visit. Families are able to enjoy features such as

* a covered heated walkway so they can leave their coats in the car

* sleeping facilities in each of the inpatient rooms

* a healthy and diverse menu in the cafeteria and

* gardens surrounding the building to allow time for relaxation.

The hospital offers excellence in patient care, research and teaching combined with the necessities to ensure families are comfortable during their child’s stay or visit.
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