This year, exciting donor-funded changes were made to the women’s health program at the IWK, including the opening of the Garron Early Labour Assessment Unit (ELAU).
The ELAU was made possible by the generous support of Myron and Berna Garron and named in honour of Mr. Garron’s mother, Adelia (Dot) Garron, RN.
This is where expectant mothers start on their journey to childbirth. Following their evaluation, the patient may be admitted to the Birth Unit, sent for further assessment and evaluation, or admitted as an inpatient.
As a patient, I felt fortunate to have the ELAU. The space is beautiful, calm and inviting. The rooms are comfortable and outfitted with brand new equipment. I was so thankful to be there and I felt relaxed." - Claire Gillivan, proud mom to Franklin
The ELAU includes seven examination rooms that provide ample space and privacy for patients during assessment and triage. Additionally, upgraded information technology provides care teams with quick access to patient information, improving care, triage and communication.
The year also saw new technological enhancements made in the Gynecology and Breast Health operating rooms.
These changes allow for the advancement of minimally invasive surgeries at the IWK. The consolidation of multiple monitors into large video screens has improved operating room standards, reduced operating room changeover time, and enhanced educational opportunities for medical students, residents and healthcare professionals.