Hamilton Health Sciences
Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre
Print This Page Print

Features of Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre

View from the second level looking onto the first level, including the Family Resource Centre.

Many special features were included in the building to meet the special needs of everyone.
Some of the great features are:

  • A large outdoor therapeutic playground
  • Outdoor terraces on all levels
  • A wheeling track, gyms, classrooms and wide corridors
  • Child and youth themed art

Overall Design

  • Design and planning principles that were used are based on up-to-date standards and proof from research, as well as creating spaces, views and public areas with natural sunlight. The look, texture and colour creates an inviting and welcoming space.

  • Our goal was to create a patient and family friendly space that welcomes and inspires all to be their best self.

  • Hallways are used as exercise and therapy areas.

  • The front hallway is open and welcoming, including a café, seating area, Family Resource Centre and Conference Centre.


  • Outdoor areas, one on each level of the building, specifically designed for the program.

  • 180m outdoor wheeling track and outdoor therapeutic playground.

  • Drop-off area was designed to provide a calm experience for children, youth and families.  The main entrance, which is covered, has a free short-term parking lot. This allows families and caregivers to park, bring their family member to their service and then come back to park in the long term lot or to leave.



  • Each floor was designed specifically with that program in mind.

  • Four levels of program space plus the mechanical section on top level.

  • The building is 170,000 square feet.

  • All areas are wheelchair accessible.

  • Therapeutic gym – a large gymnasium features an area to work with children and youth in an active and fun way, including those with physical with disabilities and mobility issues. The gym includes a basketball court, climbing wall and sports area.

  •  Family Resource Centre offers access to information for patients and families as well as a place for families to relax.

  • Teen Lounge- A place for teens to relax and/or wait for their appointment.

  • Sunnyside Café offers a wide range of specialty coffees, fruit smoothies, made-to-order sandwiches and more. Open Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm and is located on the first level.

  • Main floor Conference Centre is a place for staff, physicians, specialists, educators and community groups to meet, learn and hold special educational events. Seating for up to 100 people.

  • Achieved LEED Gold certification , energy saving features include a smart lighting system that senses incoming daylight and adjusts interior lights accordingly, as well as senses occupancy and automatically activates/deactivates lights.


"This is an important step forward in creating an innovative health centre for children that will set the standard for patient and family-centred care."

Rob MacIsaac, President and CEO Hamilton Health Sciences

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

Disclaimer: Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) offers Google Translate to better facilitate access for our community. However, HHS makes no claims regarding the accuracy of translations. Any and all health information should be verified by a health care professional.