How We Do It
Generous community support helps establish new initiatives and resources at the hospital as well as develop and upgrade current ones. The Foundation works closely with Alberta Health Services to support the work and mission of the hospital. Representatives of the hospital serve on the Foundation Board of Directors. Likewise, the Foundation is represented on the Hospital Management Council and the Child Health Advisory Committee.
While changes have been made in health care over the years, the principle on which the hospital was founded remains the same: The Alberta Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing the finest possible health care for our children. Today’s challenge is to maintain these exceptional standards at a time when pediatric practice is changing. Calgary’s population is growing rapidly and new advances in treatment and medical equipment are available, but expensive.
The generous support received by the Foundation from our many donors is a constant source of encouragement and hope to the patients, families and staff of the hospital. This funding serves to enhance not only the quality of health care, but also the quality of life for our children.
These are just a few of the many initiatives and programs made possible with donations from the community.
- Therapeutic Arts – It’s incredible to see the difference that music, art, plants and animals can make in a child’s recovery. Thanks to the help of our generous donors, we fund specialists, resources and artistic outlets for children and families who can benefit from these creative therapies in the midst of more conventional medical treatments.
- Hospital at Home – Donor support helped the Alberta Children’s Hospital launch a pilot program that was the first of its kind in Canada. Hospital at Home allows some children to receive portions of their treatment, such as chemotherapy infusions, in the comfort of their own homes, thanks to “house calls” by specialists. This relieves much of the time and financial pressures for families, as well as the emotional stress of regular visits to the hospital.
- Rotary Flames House – Located adjacent to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Rotary Flames House provides respite and end-of-life care to children with complex and life-limiting medical conditions. Donor dollars made the construction of this special home possible and community support ensures that families and caregivers benefit from respite services and day programming. Respite care not only allows for families to get much needed rest and renewal, it provides recreational, social and developmental opportunities for patients as well.
- Research – Thanks to generous community support, there are more than 200 researchers at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute working to increase knowledge about childhood disease, develop new and better drug therapies and eradicate disease for future generations. With your help, our scientists can help ensure that more children live longer, with fewer lasting side effects and to their fullest potential. Investment in research today will change children’s lives for many years to come – here and around the world.
- KidSIM – Like flight simulation for pilots, high-tech human patient simulation is becoming increasingly important in training medical professionals for potentially lethal emergencies. Thanks to community support, the Alberta Children’s Hospital KidSIM team has helped pioneer this field in Canada and provides crucial training within the largest on-site pediatric simulation lab in the country. Each year, 4,000 health care providers and students are able to use sophisticated mannequins that simulate breathing, pulses, blood pressure, speech and sound during mock trauma and resuscitation drills better preparing them for real life emergencies.