Fonds AM1066 - Children's Hospital Society fonds

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Children's Hospital Society fonds

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Children's Hospital Society

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  • 2 m of textual records
  • 3000 photographs

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In 1922 a Crippled Children's Fund was established by the Women's Institutes of British Columbia to aid a child on Hornby Island. Several subsequent and successful treatments of pediatric cases with the fund at Vancouver General Hospital inspired the Women's Institutes to incorporate the Women's Institute Hospital Association for Crippled Children in 1925. A rented house Marpole, converted to a 16-bed facility, served as the first hospital from 1927 to 1933. By 1933, successful fundraising and lobbying provided for the establishment of the 25-bed Crippled Children's Hospital (reflecting a name change of the association in 1932) on West 59th Avenue. In 1947, the hospital was renamed Children's Hospital, reflecting its evolution from a rehabilitative orthopedic facility into an acute care and general pediatric hospital. Significant developments in medical and surgical care, ambulatory services, and other programmes resulted in constant physical expansion of the hospital into a 100 bed facility by 1950. A growing lobby for a new Children's Hospital, aided by the efforts of the New Children's Hospital Society and the medical community culminated in the completion of the present Britiish Columbia's Children's Hospital (B.C. Children's Hospital) on Oak Street (1980). Throughout the years, the Women's Institutes have continued to give support to a hospital which has adapted to, and, in some cases pioneered the profound changes in the medical care of infants and children over the past 50 years.

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The textual records present a richly detailed account of the development and evolution of the Children's Hospital over the course of fifty years. The records reflect the daily operations and long range plans of the hospital through reports and the minutes from meetings by the Board of Directors, the standing committees (Executive, Finance, Hospital, Clinic, Building, etc.), the Hospital Administrator, and Medical Staff. A substantial group of photographs is physically maintained in CVA 754. The records of the Children's Hospital Society compose the following series: 1) Resolutions and by-laws : Children's Hospital Society, 2) Minutes : Board of Directors : Children's Hospital Society, 3) Minutes : Board of Directors : New Children's Hospital Society, 4) Minutes : Advisory Medical Planning Committee : New Children's Hospital Society, 5) Minutes : Building Project Committee : New Children's Hospital Society, 6) Financial records: Children's Hospital, 7) History : Children's Hospital Society, and 8) Photographs : Children's Hospital Society (CVA 754).

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Children's Hospital Society fonds was acquired by donation from British Columbia's Children's Hospital Board of Directors February, 11 1991.


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  • Access to the minutes and photographs are restricted. Please consult an archivist.
    Restriction details: Access to minutes is restricted. Researchers have to gain a written permission from the BC Children Hospital.
  • Photograph reproduction is restricted in situations where individuals are shown and identified. Requests for reproduction will be referred to the Archives Manager for assessment before copies can be made.
    Access form required: yes

Permission contact:
Marisa Nichini
Director, Communications
BC Children s Hospital
4480 Oak Street,
Vancouver, BC
V6H 3V4
Tel: 604-875-2301

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