Great Spots to Visit
Newman Memorial Gardens
Located just outside the Women’s and Maternity Site entrance, 5980 University Avenue, the Newman Memorial Gardens is dedicated to providing a peaceful atmosphere for patients and their families to enjoy. Generously donated by Barbara Newman, in memory of her late husband, Norman Newman, the Gardens opened in September 1999.
In addition to benches in the sun or sheltered from the sun, there are picnic tables located in the Newman Memorial Gardens.
When weather permits, families are encouraged to use the Playgarden in front of the Children’s Site entrance, 5850 University Avenue. It provides an outdoor environment for children and families for play, fresh air and is a refreshing change from the Health Centre environment. The Playgarden was generously funded by the IWK Auxiliary.
The Playgarden is staffed by the IWK Child Life Department – specially trained staff in play and youth programming.
Ronald McDonald Family Room
The Ronald McDonald Family Room is an inviting area that serves as a quiet rest spot for all families at the IWK Health Centre. A home away from home - in the Health Centre. The Family Room includes four bedrooms, living room, art room, kitchen/dining area, computers and laundry facilities. For more information, please visit http://familyroom.rmhatlantic.ca/.
Fish Tank, Main Lobby, Children's Site
Installed as a recognition vehicle for donors to the IWK capital campaign launched in 1988, the fish tank located in the Children's Site lobby off of University Avenue has become a favourite visiting spot for children and adults alike. This serene escape is a place for caregivers and families to take inpatients for a little stroll or for young ones to drop by during a visit. Whatever the reason for being at the IWK, this popular landmark is sure to lighten your mood.
Fish Tank, Dr. Richard B. Goldbloom Pavilion, Foundation Donations Office
Dedicated to all the children who raise money in support of the IWK, this newly installed fish tank will surely attract the eye of many. During a visit, you may see some school groups having their photo taken in front of this fish tank when they deliver the funds they have raised in support of the Health Centre. Everyone at the IWK is always welcome to drop by to enjoy this beautiful feature.
Donor Display, Dr. Richard B. Goldbloom Pavilion
Want to see who in your community has supported the IWK? Drop by the donor display in the Dr. Richard B. Goldbloom Pavilion. Listed on the colourful sails are those donors whose annual support helps the Foundation fund priorities at the Health Centre. The hand-painted mural displays a Maritime theme and all children enjoy the freedom of playing in and around the unique sails.
IWK Model Railway
Officially opened in October 2000, the Model Railway brings the world of transportation alive to all who visit the IWK. Located on the first floor, near the South Street entrance, Children’s Site, this Model Railway is run by volunteers from The Model Railway Association, Monday through Friday, 9 am - 11 am. Funded by the IWK Auxiliary and the CN Railway, this project is always changing with new style layouts, engines and interactive buttons. Be sure to drop by!
Family Resource Library
The Family Resource Library is your special library. It provides health information — written in easy-to-understand language — for patients, families and friends, and serves as a resource for staff. There is also a section of French books, videos and pamphlets.
The library collects books, videos, cassettes and pamphlets about specific illnesses, child development, parenting, women’s health issues and community support groups. There is also a section for children.
Videos and video games are available from the library during the week and through Child Life on the weekends.
For information about library hours please call (902) 470-8351.