SickKids is at a Crossroads

We’re a world-leading paediatric hospital, but parts of our building don’t meet modern building codes. We treat kids from across Canada (and even the world) in clinical spaces that are cramped, worn, and inefficient. We’re a national treasure in a failing building. Recognizing the gravity of our challenge, the Government of Ontario announced a commitment to help build a new SickKids. This funding covers just a portion of the total project costs. Which is why we must continue to raise our share: $600 million for a hospital that lifts—not limits—all that we do. We hope you’ll join the 740,000 donors who’ve already backed this campaign. Because without philanthropy, we can’t build a new hospital. Without a new hospital, we can’t keep fighting the greatest challenges in child health.

 

A New SickKids

With your help, we’ll transform our campus from the outdated buildings you see today to state-of-the-art facilities worthy of our world-class staff and the country’s most complex patients. 

SickKids exterior building rendering

Above image is conceptual only and subject to change.

 

The Buildings

We are breaking ground in November 2019 on the first of our two buildings. The first will house the SickKids Learning Institute with 1,200 world-class trainees, a Simulation Centre for hands-on teaching, and provide our 6,000 professionals, management and support staff with up-to-date spaces to do their best work. The second building will house our critical-care and inpatient units, adding 437,415 square feet. It will reflect the very latest in medical design: private one-family rooms, dedicated mental-health beds, a state-of-the-art blood and marrow/cellular transplant therapy unit, specialty operating theatres, advanced diagnostic imaging facilities, and a vastly expanded emergency department. 

 

With the help of our donors, SickKids can raise a building as extraordinary as the care inside its walls.

Above image is conceptual only and subject to change.

 

Big Impact on our Littlest Patients

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

In Ontario, newborns requiring surgery or sustained life support can only be treated at SickKids. Right now, families are crammed into our outdated space, where they have no privacy to bond. The space needs a drastic update to improve infection control and make space for smart technology. In our new building, we will double our beds for critically-ill newborns, creating comfortable private rooms for families to care for their babies. We will add modular walls and flexible electrical writing so that life-saving equipment doesn’t hinder staff or families. We will bring diagnostic machines to the bedside so these fragile patients don’t have to be moved. 

SickKids hospital rendering of NICU

Above image is conceptual only and subject to change.

 

Where Isolation Doesn’t Have to Feel Isolated

Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMT) Unit

SickKids performs 50 per cent of all bone marrow transplants in Canada, often for critically ill cancer patients. But our outdated rooms don’t have up-to-date filtration systems to keep out infections, and our patients are forced to use in-room commodes because they can’t leave to use the bathrooms down the hall. Patients spend an average of 22 days in isolation in the BMT unit–almost a month without proper amenities. In our new space, we’ll have en-suite washrooms and state-of-the-art infection control throughout the unit, so patients can recover with dignity. 

SickKids hospital rendering of patient room

Above image is conceptual only and subject to change.

 

Surgery On The Cutting Edge

Operating Suites (OR)

SickKids treats patients from rural Ontario to Haiti, performing complex surgeries unavailable where they live. But our outdated surgical rooms can’t support the latest technology. In our new facility, we’ll build better rooms for robotics, with less invasive, even incisionless surgeries. 

SickKids hospital rendering of OR suite

Above image is conceptual only and subject to change.

Historic image of The Hospital for Sick Children

SickKids VS: This is Why

You might never see it, but this is why we fight.