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  • $3.9M Donation Funds Pediatric Emergency Care 'Pod' A specialized emergency care space for children is expected to open this summer at the South Health Campus – a $3.9-million project fully funded by an anonymous donor to Calgary Health Trust through the Calgary Foundation.
  • $60,000 Donation to Hemodialysis Unit Ensure Patient Comfort For patients undergoing hemodialysis at the Sheldon Chumir Health Centre, things just got a lot more comfortable.
  • 2012 Chair-Leaders Enabling Access Calgary Opting to spend the entire day in a wheelchair, local community leaders literally switched chairs in the second Annual Chair-Leaders Enabling Access Event. Designed to give participants a firsthand perspective into what people in the disabled community face on a day-to-day basis, those who took part found the challenges were just as much mental as physical.
  • 2012 Kinnear Classic Wild weather on the links couldn’t rain out a day of celebration as Calgary Health Trust paid honour to supporter and community philanthropist, James S. Kinnear.
  • 3D vision robotic surgeon comes to Calgary
  • A Little Relief for Chronic Pain
  • A Mother's Fight with Post-Partum Depression
  • Aileen Wooldridge's Giving Story Growing up in Trinidad, Aileen Wooldridge learned early on the importance of giving back to the community.
  • Arjun's Journey
  • Born Again - Noelle & Hal the Birth Simulators She might sound and look like she’s in labour, but don’t let Noelle fool you. “Noelle” and her life-like baby, “Hal”, are the newest additions to the simulation training program at Rockyview General Hospital. Together they give medical professionals and nurses hands-on training for some of the most difficult situations that can arise during labour and delivery.
  • Burn Rehabilitation Clinic recieves a generous donation Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society donates $189,500 to Burn Rehabilitation Clinic
  • Calbridge Homes commits $500,000 to Neonatal Health Award-winning builder, Calbridge Homes announced their $500,000 commitment to the redevelopment and expansion of a new neonatal intensive care unit.
  • Canada's Top Chef All Star Nicole Gomes Raises $45K for Foothills NICU During her run on the show, Top Chef Canada All-Star winner Nicole Gomes graciously hosted viewing parties in support of the Foothills Hospital NICU.
  • Cardiac nursing gets a helping hand Heart problems couldn’t stop Jack Sharp. Ten years ago he received a pacemaker and after receiving excellent care from his cardiologist Dr. Robert Sheldon, he and his wife Betty decided they wanted to give back. Dr. Sheldon referred the couple to Calgary Health Trust where they were able to create the Arrhythmia Program Staff Education Endowment.
  • Carewest Close to Home Hundreds of people call Carewest home or spend a significant amount of time there, as it is one of the largest public care providers in Canada for adults of all ages.
  • Cashing in for health care When it comes to lotteries, most people think it’s all about the money – those who hold the ticket with the lucky digits get to cash in big.
  • Celebrate Arthritis Awareness Month As someone who suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis Karen Robinson faces question like: Will I meet my friends for coffee today or need help buttoning my shirt? Will I be able to walk or will the pain be too much to get out of bed? Will it be worse today than yesterday? But Karen is one of the lucky ones. Thanks to a team of specialized surgeons and clinicians her quality of life is rich and full.
  • Celebrating 15 Years: Building a Foundation of Trust 15 years ago Calgary Health Trust became a pioneer in health care fundraising as a centralized fund raising organization—the first in North America at the time—which offered specialized services such as planned giving, major gifts and research to be more effective and efficient in raising funds.
  • Celebrating Alexandra
  • Celebrating the Zivot Limb Preservation Centre Dr. Mark Zivot's $1M donation will enhance world-class care for patients managing diabetes and vascular disease and at risk of amputation of feet and lower limbs.
  • Champion For Health - Rick Kubik
  • CHAMPions For Changing Lives
  • Change that Makes Cents With the last Canadian penny stamped in May, the drive is on for local non-profits to cash in on the ‘cents-less’ currency. Calgary Health Trust is joining in, encouraging everyone who visits area hospitals and Carewest sites to donate as many pennies as possible before the end of the year.
  • Community partners team up for Healthcare
  • Courtney's Story Five months after giving birth to her beautiful daughter, Courtney found herself taking her husband’s car and driving to BC without anyone knowing where she was. She didn’t know it at the time, but she was experiencing a depressive episode with postpartum psychosis, and had been suffering from the condition since the birth of her child. Courtney was at risk of harming herself, and it had become clear that she needed care from the Women’s Mental Health Clinic.
  • Darius' Story Imagine yourself in a severe accident in the middle of nowhere. Just days before starting Grade 12, Darius headed to the mountains for a day of hiking.
  • Enhancing quality of life for those who enhanced ours Community support raised $2.1 million for a continuing care centre for Veterans and seniors – Carewest Colonel Belcher.
  • Expanded Peter Lougheed Centre NICU now opened A new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Peter Lougheed Centre has opened, providing more space for the tiniest, most fragile newborns.
  • Friends Of Colonel Belcher
  • Heroes out of Heartache In 2001, Shannon Bowen-Smed and Peter Smed were excited to become parents. However, this happy time ended in heartbreak when, in the seventh month of pregnancy, their baby Scott arrived stillborn. Not only did Shannon have to deliver him early, but there were no private rooms available where they could grieve together as a family, away from the excitement and joy of healthy babies on the maternity ward. While the nurses did their best to shelter them, it was still incredibly heart wrenching. But the family was able to turn their tragedy into a unique space for other families who experience pregnancy or infant loss.
  • In your Neighbourhood You may see Calgary Health Trust canvassers going house-to-house to inspire people to become Champions for Health monthly donors.
  • John Gorman - The Mountain Man What does climbing a mountain like Kilimanjaro entail? It takes heart, endurance and drive, all things that John Gorman, Vice-President of Halliburton Canada, has in spades.This year, John and his wife, Gio, have partnered with Calgary Health Trust to attempt the climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Lissette's Postpartum Story On Lissette’s first visit to Dr. Lisa Gagnon’s office, she felt extremely disheveled and told her, “I don’t think you can fix me, I’m broken.”
  • Love, Honour and Cherish
  • Mary's Story - Kidney Health Hemodialysis is a life-sustaining therapy for people, like Mary, whose kidneys have been extremely compromised. The average patient will spend 624 hours each year receiving dialysis treatments. That’s three days a week for four hours.
  • Michelle Renaud helps paint bright future for the NICU Local artist Michelle Renaud marked her second event in benefit for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Foothills Medical Centre.
  • New space will help Calgarians dealing with tragic loss Calgarians dealing with the death of a loved one will be able to get support with the opening of a new space for the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Grief Support Program.
  • Partners in Health: A vision in the making In 1996, when Dr. Alistar Buchan said that Calgary would be “one of the best places in the world to be admitted acutely for stroke,” he could only have imagined how true his words would be 15 years later.
  • PLC Amazing Race 2012 Thank you to everyone for your participation in PLC's Amazing Race. The race had over 70 participants competing and fundraising for the greatest needs in their unit. Using more than 400 clues, the teams were directed to different areas throughout the Peter Lougheed Centre in order to complete multiple tasks, both physical and intellectual. PLC's Amazing Race was a great event, with a lot of fun and team spirit. We look forward to holding this event again in 2013!
  • Project neuroArm When the first neuroArm™ surgical robot came to Calgary in 2004 after a successful fundraising campaign spearheaded by Calgary Health Trust, it revolutionized how surgery is performed and taught in Calgary.
  • Putting the Patient First
  • Run for Rockyview More than 350 movers and shakers strapping on runners for the Run for Rockyview.
  • Running for Oliver When Alyson Yablonski and her husband learned their son Oliver’s heart had stopped beating it was devastating. Through a difficult and emotional year, Alyson learned to live with her loss while still celebrating Oliver’s twin sisters, milestones. One of the ways she did this was by running her first half marathon in loving memory Oliver.
  • Sarah's Story - Complex Immune Disease A healthy woman, Sarah fully expected to receive treatment and return home. But that wasn't the case.
  • Ship Shape Stampede Donation Sailors from Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Calgary once again donned their Stetsons at the 2012 Calgary Stampede and making a stop at the Foothills Medical Centre to donate more than $8,000 in support of the Burn Unit.
  • Behind the Scenes at South Health Campus
  • Snowflake - Jo's Story Many Calgary families, like Jo De Palma’s go through loss during the holiday season. It’s heartbreaking but we can do something about it. Please give today to help these families. And when you donate include a message of hope and comfort for them.
  • South Health Campus The long awaited South Health Campus is in the final stages of construction. With the site nearing completion the final hiring and training is taking place so that the several clinics and Emergency Department can open by the end of the year.
  • Spring into action: Helps us Create Hybrid ORs in Calgary Bringing new technology into a single operating room – called a hybrid operating room – can help cardiac and vascular patients undergo complex procedures in a single surgery, leading to less invasive surgeries and faster recovery times. Calgary Health Trust aims to raise $7 million for these projects.
  • STAN (Standard Man) For a new "guy," Stan is exceptionally popular. In his first week in action, 80 per cent of the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) nursing staff at the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) turned out for a hands-on simulation session with him.
  • Taking NICU One Step At A Time When the going gets tough, the tough get going. These are words that drive Lisa Shearer to strap on her running shoes daily. A mother of a NICU baby, getting going was also how she chose to give back to the system that saved her son.
  • Taking volunteering to heart Giving back comes in many forms. In honour of National Volunteer Week, happening April 15-21, Calgary Health Trust wanted to express its gratitude to the Heart to Heart Support Society, a group that has donated countless volunteer hours to Calgary Health Trust since 1994.
  • Thank you from Calgary Health Trust
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tour the Ward of the 21st Century
  • The Heart of the Matter In her 70s, Margot Kitchen was the picture of health. As a yogi, her spirituality helped her stay very attuned to her body.Life was everything she could hope for. Then, while preparing to host a yoga seminar, Margot felt something change. Her entire life was about to be put on hold.
  • The Lifestyles Lottery Is Back The Lifestyles Lottery is back with tons of great prizes for you to win. Established in 2000 the lottery benefits Rockyview General Hospital and Peter Lougheed Centre, raising funds to purchase, ground-breaking technology and attract world-class physicians and researchers to both hospitals.
  • The powerhouse behind CeFfort
  • Three Times the Joy: The Coates Family NICU Story Kendra and Mark Coates were ecstatic to learn that Kendra was pregnant. At their 9-week ultrasound on their 4th wedding anniversary, they received the shocking news that they were expecting not one, not two, but three babies! From that moment on, they knew it would be a high risk pregnancy not only because they were expecting triplets, but also because Kendra has Type 1 Diabetes. Due to the complexity of the pregnancy, Kendra and Mark knew their children would be born prematurely...
  • Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign Calgarian's looking for fall pick me up had a Smile (Cookie) brought to their face during the third annual Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign. The event that ran at all participating Calgary-area Tim Hortons locations raised funds for Calgary Health Trust in support of Neonatal Intensive Care Units across Calgary.
  • Tis the Season for Slips and Falls
  • Van donation supports outreach program in Calgary
  • Vascular Centre of Excellence Opens
  • War Games
  • Ward of the 21st Century creates a new standard of care
  • What Newborns Need: A Vision for the Future of Neonatal Care In Alberta, 1 in 8 newborns require specialized intensive care. Read a few stories of the many families impacted by the neonatal intensive care unit
  • Why Art Matters Residents at the Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre are creating beautiful art work for the upcoming annual art show. The 10 week EQual program allows eight participants to receive recreational therapy while exploring new skills and relies completely on donations from Calgary Health Trust to keep running.
  • Winning Big – Foothills Hospital Home Lottery Did you hold a winning ticket for the 2012 Foothills Home Lottery? If you did you were among a group of lucky Albertan’s who won big on May 17, 2012.
  • Women Helping Women
  • Women's Health receives a generous gift The Canadian Progress Club – Calgary Wild Rose gave a generous donation of $21,000 in support of Women’s Health.