Photo: Dan Brophy
The IWK Health Centre provides quality care to women, children, youth and families in the Maritime provinces and beyond.
At a Glance
This past year (April 2011 to March 2012), there were:
Approximately 5,000 babies delivered at the IWK
More than 3,200 employees of the IWK
924 volunteers at the IWK
27,965 visits to the Children's Emergency Department
204,769 ambulatory care visits
$20 million of funded research underway at the IWK
In addition to providing highly specialized (tertiary) care, the IWK also provides primary care services. The IWK is also engaged in leading-edge research; works to promote healthy lifestyles for families; and supports education opportunities for health professionals and other learners.
The IWK is structured around a Program-Based Care Model. Program-based care puts people first by organizing interdisciplinary care teams around the needs of patients and families. Services provided by the Health Centre are delivered through three programs: Children's Health; Mental Health and Addictions; and Women's and Newborn Health.
Care Provided at the IWK Health Centre
A form of care that is highly specialized and complex.
Care to which users have direct access. This type of care can include diagnosis and treatment; referral to secondary health care services; prevention care; and heath promotion and education. Primary health care might involve visiting your family doctor or nurse practitioner, talking to a dietician or a pharmacist, or calling a toll-free health advice line to talk to a health professional.
Care for which patients do not have direct access and for which they must be referred from some other part of the health system. This category includes most Health Centre specialist services.
Teaching and Research
The IWK is a respected centre for its world-class research into disorders and diseases affecting children and women. As a teaching institution, the IWK is affiliated with Dalhousie University and serves as a primary clinical resource for pediatric and obstetric teaching of a broad range of health professions including medicine, nursing, other allied health services and child life.
Reaching Maritime communities
Specialists from the IWK take their expertise to Maritime communities in the form of traveling clinics, particularly in the areas of pediatric neurology, orthopaedics, cardiology and respiratory medicine.
In addition, using computer-based videoconferencing technology, the IWK provides specialized care to Maritime families through the Children's TeleHealth NetworkTM.
As well, a team of specially trained nurses and respiratory therapists from the IWK travels by air and ground ambulance to outlying Maritime communities to stabilize and transfer critically ill newborns, older children and mothers with high-risk pregnancy situations.