A snapshot of some of the amazing spaces within the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan
Child Life Zone
Young patients at Saskatchewan’s new children’s hospital will have a special space to play, learn, laugh, and relax in a new state-of-the-art therapeutic play area called the “Child Life Zone.” The Zone allows children to heal faster, hope higher, and do what children are meant to do – use their imaginations to be kids! The Zone will join eleven others across North America, including Atlanta, Colorado, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, and Phoenix. Saskatchewan’s new zone will be the first in Canada.
*The Child Life Zone has been generous supported by Garth Brooks and the Teammates for Kids Foundation.
Main Lobby Theatre
Having to be in hospital can be stressful and scary for any child and their family, but what better way to brighten their stay than with their favorite movie? The new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan will be home to a theatre in the main floor lobby where pediatric patients and their families can laugh and relax. The goal is to create a fun escape from the reality of the illnesses and medical treatments children in the hospital face and in the process, hopefully deliver a “normal” experience for the entire family. It’s about minimizing the negative impact of illness and hospitalization and giving children and families a positive experience to focus on and remember.
100% Private Patient Rooms
One of the best examples of providing an environment that promotes wellness and a sense of healing is our private patient rooms. Private rooms help to reduce stress on children and their families by providing ample space, peace and quiet for a comfortable night’s sleep, all while improving infection control. Each private room includes space for visitors and a place for a parent to sleep. Single patient rooms are known to improve patient care delivery because they provide privacy not only for the family but for patient consultations with clinicians.
Outdoor Play Space
Accessible from the Acute Care and Intensive Care Units lies a sanctuary for patients and their families to wander, explore, play or just quietly reflect. Offering access to the healing powers of nature, this space will provide important therapeutic and relaxation opportunities for patients; especially for those experiencing stress or longer stays. The serenity of nature will help soothe the body, mind and soul, uplifting the spirit and enhancing healing.
*This space has been generously supported by PIC Investment Group and Yuel Family
Pediatric Sleep Lab
The Sleep Lab in Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan will serve children that require investigations for sleep disordered breathing, including obstructive sleep apnea (paused breathing during sleep due to a narrowed or blocked airway), narcolepsy (disorder affecting sleepiness and wakefulness), hypoventilation syndromes (inadequate breathing frequency), and insomnia.The care process typically includes an assessment to determine the testing to be performed, an overnight sleep study and individualized treatment plans.
Twin NICU Rooms
Newborn babies who need intensive medical attention will be cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. Prematurely born twins who need intensive medical attention will be care for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in one of our dedicated Twin NICU Rooms, which can accommodate more than one baby. These rooms include sleep space for a supportive family members, plus added room for extra comfort. Now, the whole family can remain together while their little ones receive the care they need to grow.
Child Minding Area
When a family is visiting the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan to obtain care for one child, they often need a safe environment in which they can leave their other children so that they can focus their attention on the one receiving treatment. The Child Minding Area will be there to provide safe, nurturing care to children whose siblings are being treated at Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. This space will provide short-term supervision of children between ages 1 and 12 as well as services to children up to 15 years of age with cognitive disabilities.
Pediatric Catheterization Lab/Special Procedure Room
This newly added feature to the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan will help diagnose and treat many cardiac abnormalities in children without the need open-heart surgery. Pediatric Catheterization offers a clear picture of heart chambers, valves, and vessels; their formation and their functioning. This space will also act as a Special Procedure Room where complex procedure which do not require the space required of the OR can be performed.
*This space has been generously supported by David and Karen Holst Family Foundation Inc.
For some pediatric patients, time spent undergoing dialysis treatment consumes all their time. The hospital can become like a second home – a place where they spend half of each week. The new Hemodialysis Room at Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan will ensure that each child’s experience is as pleasant as possible, ensuring comfort and relaxation while children receive their treatments. The new Hemodialysis Room will be equipped with activities and games that will help reduce a child’s anxiety and occupy them while they receive their treatment.
*This space has been generously supported by the Joseph Alfred Remai Family Foundation Inc.
We would like to thank all of our Children’s Hospital Foundation donors.