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2020 Highlights

BC Women’s is part of the health care response for the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, including caring for COVID-19 positive patients and developing different COVID-related provincial guidelines for women. We are also, testing for COVID-19 at the collection site at the hospital and have transformed care delivery during the pandemic, increasing the use of virtual care and resuming patient care and research activities that were paused or reduced during the first wave of the pandemic in Spring 2020, as appropriate, including increasing the numbers of surgeries and procedures performed.

National recognition

  • A first in North America, the Golden Hour practice in neonatal care celebrated its one year anniversary. This practice protects the first hour of life by keeping mom and baby together in the delivery room when life-saving interventions are needed for baby.

Best in BC

Expanding patient care

  • 10 new single room birthing suites opened at BC Women’s Hospital, so more expectant mothers and families could benefit from Single Room Maternity Care (SRMC), allowing women with low-risk pregnancies to remain in one home-like room for their entire hospital stay.
  • A new Healthy Care Pregnancy Program (HCPP) assisted pregnant women and new mothers who use substances in B.C. The provincial pilot program paired a registered social worker or nurse with a pregnant woman or new mother to help them through primary care, community care, and acute hospital settings while accessing treatment and recovery services.
  • BC Women's Complex Chronic Disease Program converted all visits to Virtual Health delivering care to patients in response to COVID-19 physical distancing protocols.
  • A COVID-19 collection site was set up in March at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre to test health care workers. It expanded to also test children and pregnant women later in the spring.

World-class research and medical staff

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