A $1 million donation will be made by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC to ensure B.C. Children’s Hospital’s new facilities are properly equipped for young patients.
The funds will go towards purchasing new anesthesia monitors for the hospital, which are required for surgeons to perform a number of complex life-saving procedures. Anesthesia monitors display vital health information to ensure patients are safe and comfortable during surgery.
The equipment acquisitions will be funded over a five year period through the Whitecaps’ 50/50 draws at home games and other charitable initiatives.
The Whitecaps will also be providing funds and resources to construct a Whitecaps FC-themed playroom within the surgical inpatient ward within the hospital campus’ $350-million Teck Acute Care Centre, which is currently being built and slated for a 2017 completion. The ward is designated as a space for children to recover from surgery.
“We are deeply grateful to Vancouver Whitecaps FC for this commitment,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, in a statement. “The lives of so many children and families from across BC and the Yukon will change for the better as a result of this gift.