The Alberta Childrenâ€™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 â€“ patients, families, physicians and staff. In 2002, architects created renderings of how the hospital could look. These drawings were brought to the hospitalâ€™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 Alberta Childrenâ€™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.