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Province, feds announce funds for better monitoring systems at HSC Children's Hospital

Winnipeg Sun logo Winnipeg Sun 2022-08-05 Ryan Stelter
The sign for Children's Emergency at Health Sciences Centre on William Avenue in Winnipeg on Thurs., June 17, 2021. © Provided by Winnipeg Sun The sign for Children's Emergency at Health Sciences Centre on William Avenue in Winnipeg on Thurs., June 17, 2021.

The Manitoba and federal governments announced funds to improve the monitoring system at the Children’s Hospital at Health Sciences Centre on Friday.

The federal government announced $3 million in funds to purchase 20 new monitors and upgrade six existing monitors. The province chipped in with $760,000.

The new monitors will support beds on three floors at HSC-Children’s. The monitoring systems will allow health-care providers to communicate through voice-activated systems and get immediately notified of any vital sign monitor alarms.

President and CEO of the HSC Children’s Hospital Foundation Stefano Grande thanked the government for its support of the project and said the funding is part of a $75 million goal to transform services at HSC-Children’s.

The Better Futures Campaign is now at 75% of its goal due to Friday’s announcement, which is the largest donor-driven campaign for kids in the history of the foundation, Grande said.

The Better Futures Campaign has three strategic priorities, which include $39 million for critical infrastructure upgrades, $22 million for pediatric research and $2 million for innovative programs.

Some initiatives that have already been funded include the children’s heart centre, cath lab and fluoroscopy unit and a revitalized emergency department is partially funded, according to the foundation.

HSC-Children’s serves an average of more than 130,000 kids each year.

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