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BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only treatment, teaching, research, and health promotion facility devoted exclusively to the health of children and youth. This 196-bed facility serves children from birth to 17 years of age, from communities across British Columbia and Western Canada. Each year, physicians, staff, and volunteers provide services for more than 145,000 patient visits and 10,000 surgical operations.

The Heart Centre at BC Children’s Hospital is committed to providing leadership and excellence in the care of infants and children with congenital and acquired heart disease. This mandate extends from antenatal diagnosis via fetal echocardiography through to early adulthood. A multi-disciplinary team comprised of experts in Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology, Nursing, and various Allied Health fields work together to provide exemplary care to children from a family-centred perspective. Each year, Children’s Heart Centre performs about 350 pediatric cardiac operations and another 100 minimally invasive procedures in the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab.

Our team works collaboratively with other teams and programs within the hospital to provide cardiac care to children and adolescents.

The travelling Partnership Program in Pediatric Cardiology allows children with cardiac conditions to receive specialized cardiac care in their own community by a multidisciplinary team from Children’s Heart Centre. Infants and children with a suspected non-acute cardiac condition or those with an established diagnosis of congenital heart disease requiring routine follow-up care are eligible for referral to the Partnership Program. The Partnership Program, initially established in 1994, continues to grow and now services these communities: Kamloops, Penticton, Vernon, Kelowna, Prince George, Terrace, Trail, Whitehorse, Fort St. John, and Williams Lake. Over 700 children were seen in a Partnership clinic in 2009.

Services Provided

  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Outreach Clinics
  • Outreach Fetal Echos
  • Fetal Echo / Cardiology
  • Full Echo Service with 3D Echo
  • Electrophysiology Service: Full EP and Ablation, Device Implantation – Pacemaker/CRT-D
  • Cardiac Cath & Interventional Cath
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Inpatient and outpatient VAD Services
  • Adult Congenital Services
  • MRI / CT Services

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