Alberta Children’s Hospital

Alberta Children's HospitalThe ILC Foundation & Alberta Children's HospitalThe Alberta Children’s Hospital opened in Calgary, Alberta in September 2006, becoming the first free-standing pediatric facility to be built in Canada in more than 20 years.

The hospital was designed by the people who use the building the most – patients, families, physicians and staff. In 2002, architects created renderings of how the hospital could look. These drawings were brought to the hospital’s Teen Advisory Group and changed beyond recognition into a colourful, child-friendly building resembling toy building blocks. This is how the building looks today as it overlooks downtown Calgary, the Bow River and the Rocky Mountains.

The vision for the Alberta Children’s Hospital was to create a building that would reduce stress and promote healing. The interior of the hospital has been designed to enable the delivery of family centred care. Children are not just little adults – unique and specialized health care teams are required to provide care to this patient population. The hospital includes supports for families such as sleeping facilities for parents in each patient room, a babysitting service for siblings of patients, a sacred space for spiritual activities, a pet visitation room and the Healing Gardens that surround the new hospital, giving parents and their children areas to heal, to have fun and to spend private time.

The Alberta Children’s Hospital is used by patients from birth to age 18 from southern Alberta, southeastern British Columbia and southwestern Saskatchewan as multi-disciplinary teams work together to promote healing through family-centred care.

The medical team at the Pediatric and Adolescent Complex Pain Clinic at Alberta Children’s Hospital is dedicated to meet the needs of children and youth that suffer with chronic pain.

The ILC Foundation collaborates with the Alberta Children’s Hospital to collaboratively address the peer support needs of kids dealing with chronic pain.

Alberta Children’s Hospital
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Calgary, Alberta
T3B 6A8


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  • Chronic Pain Division

    Chronic Pain Division
    Mission

    To inspire hope and contribute to the health and well-being of children and individuals living with chronic pain by providing a care model of health promotion and knowledge sharing partnerships through a family centred, awareness and education resource network.

  • Upcoming Events

    1. Ontario Peer Support Meeting – Location TBD

      March 25 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    2. Simcoe/York Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Peer Support Group Meeting

      April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    3. Halifax Support Group Meeting

      April 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    4. Summit Garden Chinese Cuisine Anniversary Charity Dinner

      April 21
    5. Ontario Peer Support Meeting – Oakville, Ontario

      April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm