As a teaching hospital and major provincial health care resource, research is a core component of all clinical activities at BC Women’s. All current treatments are based on research and research is at the forefront of all new medical approaches.
BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre is the only facility in Western Canada dedicated to the health of women, newborns and families providing service, treatment, education, research and health promotion for women and their families. BC Women’s employs more than 1,000 full and part-time staff.
As a Health Centre, BC Women’s provides care and treatment to over 19,000 outpatients each year through specialized women’s health services including:
Canada's first set of sextuplets, four boys and two girls, were born at the hospital on January 6 and 7, 2007. They were in the 25th week of gestation when born, or approximately 3 months premature.
Formerly Grace Maternity Hospital, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre has been caring for BC families since 1927. It provides a broad range of specialized health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. Women’s is the largest maternity hospital in Canada with over 7,600 babies delivered every year. Women’s provides a combination of acute care services such as HIV/AIDS care and treatment, abortion and sexual assault services for women throughout the province (through outreach and on-site services in Vancouver) and basic health care services such as breast health checks for women in the Lower Mainland. It also provides training for providers across the province.
BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre was founded in 1994 when Grace merged with the Women’s Health Centre of the former Shaughnessy Hospital. Under the Provincial Health Services Authority, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre has a provincial mandate to serve women, babies and their families across B.C. Only 43 percent of patients reside in the Lower Mainland, while 57 per cent of patients live in other areas of B.C. With many specialized women’s health services not available anywhere else in the province, BC Women’s treats over 68,000 patients each year.