It’s on budget but not at all on time.
The Women’s Hospital at Health Sciences Centre will cost $265 million but will be almost two years late. Construction delays and alterations to the design are mainly to blame. I will spare you the overdue baby metaphors but once operational, the 170 bed hospital will have several new services for expectant moms.
The building is breathtaking. There’s an open atrium, outdoor patio and rooftop garden. The design is mindful of the needs of families joyful about a birth while others with early or complicated arrivals will need family space to wait, pray and grieve.
All rooms will be private with their own baths and natural lighting. Families will be able to get closer to babies needing specialized services while having more of a “home away from home” atmosphere. There is also a women’s surgical centre and inpatient gynecological unit.
Here’s a snapshot of one of the new private rooms. We’ll have more on the story at 9:30 Friday morning.