It’s All About Matters of the Heart This Month
Your support is creating better facilities for Manitoba’s smallest cardiac patients.
In Manitoba at Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, a new Children’s Heart Centre is needed. The original Children’s Heart Centre, built in 1987, was originally set up to handle 1800 patients, but now handles a patient load of 6000 in its cramped space.
The current space is no longer adequate to treat these young patients who come through our doors. The waiting room is cramped, there is a lack of treatment and stress test areas, and many areas lack privacy, making it difficult to have conversations where a parent may hear that their child has a heart condition for the first time. In addition, the Cath lab has not been completed, which means patients are being sent to Edmonton or Vancouver with their doctor to get these procedures done. Minor procedures are completed when there is space available
with borrowed equipment.
With donor and partner support, a new Children’s Heart Centre can be built in Manitoba’s Diagnostic Centre of Excellence Building – an optimal location connected to Cardiac MRI, the pediatric intensive care unit, and other essential services. This expansion will also include a rigorous update to the current aging technology infrastructure in place. This will help ensure enhanced patient care, shorter wait times, increased privacy, and local care for families for many years to come.
The total will cost up to $7 million. The Province of Manitoba has committed a minimum of $500,000 towards this project, and the foundation is just under halfway to their overall goal.
Watch the video below and visit goodbear.ca/heart to see all the challenges the current Children’s Heart Centre has for its little patients. To support the build of the new Children’s Heart Centre, you can donate here.
Source: The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba
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