You’ll know if a boy or girl is born at Kelowna General Hospital.
Starting this week, the hospital skywalk across Pandosy Street and the Centennial lobby will illuminated with either pink or blue upon the birth of a baby.
At the same time, tinkling chimes will ring throughout the entire hospital.
The hospital is going with the traditional colours so pink is for a girl and blue is for a boy.
The idea for the lights and chimes was originally initiated a few years ago by a nurse in the KGH perinatal unit.
Bonnie Wilkie, now a nurse educator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at KGH, recalled working on a medical surgical ward in the United States early in her career.
“I was in an elderly man’s room and I just barely heard a noise that I didn’t recognize,” Wilkie said. “I must have hesitated in what I was saying because the man (patient) looked at me and said ‘that means a baby was born’. This was such a nice moment between he and I, and it left an impact on me.”
The project came to life as a result of KGH volunteers and hospital auxiliary members who, for every four hour shift worked, $84 dollars is raised.
“The birth of a baby represents such hope and joy for so many, regardless of what you may be going through in a given moment,” said Bobbie McGrath, manager of Women’s and Children s Health Services at KGH.
The KGH Foundation is an independent, volunteer-driven charitable organization committed to enhancing the delivery of healthcare to the patients of Kelowna General Hospital and its associated facilities.
(Photo courtesy of the KGH Foundation)