Sunny Hill Health Center
Sunny Hill Health Centre offers specialized services to children with disabilities and their families from across the province. Sunny Hill serves children from birth to age 19.
Because the children and families who need Sunny Hill's services are located in communities throughout BC, the Sunny Hill team uses innovative initiatives like traveling clinics and telehealth outreach as well as patient visits to the Sunny Hill facility to serve the special needs of children with disabilities. More than 80 per cent of the children and families who rely on Sunny Hill live outside Vancouver, but only a small number of children will require a stay in Sunny Hill's inpatient program as part of their care.
Sunny Hill's teams of health professionals provide assessment, diagnosis, consultation, referral and, in select cases, treatment. Designing services to complement the resources available in each child's home community, the teams address:
- Development and behaviour, including complex developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury and prenatal exposure to alcohol and other drugs. (Accompanying difficulties may involve language or learning disabilities and problems with social or emotional development.)
- Neuromotor disabilities such as cerebral palsy that mainly affect physical and motor development and often cause delays or disorders in other areas
- Sensory impairment such as hearing loss and impaired sight that may also involve complex medical needs and developmental problems
- Transition planning to help meet the significant challenges of caring for Sunny Hill children returning to the community, and respite services to give families a break from providing care by admitting their children as inpatients for short stays