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Accomplishments

BC Women’s is dedicated to improving the health of women, newborns and families through a comprehensive range of services, research and education. It is one of the busiest and largest maternity centres in Canada.

Leading research and innovation

  • A genome sequencing project called Rapidomics was launched in 2016. It focuses on identifying genetic disorders in newborns at BC Women’s Hospital. Providing an accurate and rapid diagnosis to patients with these types of disorders remains a significant challenge as currently it can take years to reach a conclusion.
  • BC Women’s dedicated a sacred space to provide a safe healing space for Indigenous patients and families to carry out their own traditions and practices. It also raises awareness of the ongoing work of Indigenous cultural safety at BC Women’s.

Quality care for BC

  • Under the care of Oak Tree Clinic, HIV-positive women on antiretroviral treatment have had babies without a single transmission of HIV to their babies since 1997. Oak Tree is a unique program offering specialist consultation and services for women, children and their families.

National firsts

  • BC Women’s was the first hospital in Canada to have midwives providing care, and now hosts the largest midwifery department with more than 50 midwives. It was also the first hospital in Canada to have obstetricians performing ultrasounds on pregnant women.
  • BC Women’s Hospital’s Psychiatric Genetic Counselling Clinic was the first in the world to offer genetic counselling services to patients living with psychiatric illness and their families, providing services to more than 400 families to date and training other clinicians from around the globe.
  • Distinctive in Canada, BC Women’s Perinatal Research Imaging Evaluation (PRIME) Centre provides technologically advanced ultrasounds that focuses on ultrasound imaging for research and training. The PRIME Centre launched in 2016.
  • BC Women’s operates the province’s first Complex Chronic Disease Program for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia Syndrome, and chronic Lyme disease. Since opening in 2013, more than 2,800 women and men have been referred to the program.
  • BC Women’s Indigenous Health program aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people. From patient liaisons and elder-inresidence to nurse practitioners in outreach programs and Ask Auntie to the dedicated scared space created in 2016, BC Women’s is a leader in efforts to close the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous British Columbians.
  • The first-of-its-kind in Canada, the Provincial Milk Bank distributes human milk to over 3,500 critically ill infants each year. Seven new depots opened in 2016 bringing the total to 25 drop-off locations across BC. 
  • The Safe Methods at the Right Time program ensures that contraception options are available to women around the province following an abortion. Women who do not have social assistance, First Nations health or extended medical coverage have to pay out-of-pocket for contraception. These free options will increase women’s accessibility to contraception and reduce unplanned pregnancies.

Improving care

  • Pioneering mother-baby care, BC Women’s established two mother-baby units within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - a North American first. Designed by patients, this model of care is a key feature to the new NICU in the Teck Acute Care Centre, with 12 mother-baby units among the 70 single-patient rooms. This new model will mean improved weight gain and fewer infections for babies, stronger attachment between moms and infants, and quicker recovery for women after birth.

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