Alberta Children's Hospital
The second Lion's Den based in a Canadian hospital was opened at Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary in October 2011. The room was built in conjunction with the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic. The first Lion's Den based in a Canadian hospital opened in 2009 at CHU Sainte Justine in Montreal.
The Heritage Classic featured an outdoor hockey game between the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens. To commemorate this unique event, the NHL Foundation wanted to create a legacy gift to the children of Alberta. The CiC Foundation created a Lion's Den Room that features 3 XBox console stations, 3 computer stations, a SMART Table and Board. The worldwide headquarters of SMART Technologies is based in Calgary.
Patients enjoy connecting to their family and friends in an environment that promotes healing. In fact, it is rare to find any time when a patient isn't completing a homework assignment, updating their Facebook page or playing a game on the XBox consoles.
Opened in 2006, Alberta Children's Hospital is the largest public hospital for children in the prairie provinces and is the first free-standing pediatric hospital to be built in Canada in 20 years. The hospital features 133 patient beds and can handle up to 60,000 emergency room visits each year.