Health Sciences Centre (HSC), Women’s Hospital: Designing for the Patient’s Spectrum of Life

Women’s Hospital, located at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, was designed to meet the needs of women and their families throughout the various stages of their lives.

Using a public consultation process, three principles were identified to guide the design:

  • The new building will serve the unique and diverse healthcare needs of women through their life cycles,
  • It is a place to advance care through excellence in research and education, and
  • It is a space that is welcoming, respectful, calming and peaceful.


The design is rooted in the philosophy of patient and family-centered care, environmental sustainability, and accommodation of the many different cultures of Manitoba. Consolidation and organization of medical services was at the core of the program and resultant design.

A Principal and shareholder at Parkin, (and University of Manitoba graduate), Lynne Wilson Orr addressed the components surrounding the hospital and the internal elements that influenced the design of conceptual planning, space programming, and design.

Parkin has developed a series of videos that focus on Lynne’s experience in designing and planning the hospital. The sixth video in the series “Designing for the Patient’s Spectrum of Life” is posted for viewing. To view this video, please visit us on You Tube.