Why We Exist
Every day we see the incredible impact our donors have on the lives of people in our community. We hear stories from many areas of health care in ways that someone’s life has been touched. These stories are just a few examples of why we are excited to work with our donors to make a difference.
Providing the highest quality of care: During early complications in her preganancy with twins, Salima learned she was already 5 cm dialated. Instantly she was put on bed rest and at just 27 weeks she went into labour. The team from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) were on hand to assist with the delivery of her tiny and fragile babies. Being so early, they had a lot of growing to do and were kept in incubators with machines to help them breathe until their lungs were big enough to take their first breaths on their own. Donors to the NICU make it possible to ensure that the specialized equipment required by the smallest and most fragile patients is the absolute best.
When the twins were stable enough, they were able to share an incubator and their bond helped them grow; a bond that was captured by a nurse as the tiny twins held each other’s hands in their sleep. Today, the twins are four and live a healthy and active life, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the special bond they share.
“Inyana and Ilaan bring so much joy to my life,” says Salima, “I can’t imagine what would have happened to them if it weren’t for the amazing health care we have here in Calgary.”
Bringing life-saving innovation to Calgary: On a conference call, a heart attack was the last thing that Don thought would ever happen to him. Instantly he was rushed to the hospital where doctors prepped him for what would be an extremely complex and risky surgery. As he was prepped for surgery, the only thing that mattered to Don was his family. Thanks to the generosity of donors, Foothills Medical Centre is now equipped with a state-of-the-art Cardiac Hybrid Operating Room that allows surgeons to undertake the most complex conditions using the best technology and least invasive proceedures. Today, Don celebrates every moment he has with his family – the family he was so close to losing.
“My wife almost lost her husband and my kids almost lost their father. This is my opportunity to say thanks to all the staff, nurses and doctors who have really given me my life [back], because my life was over and I like to say now I am playing the bonus round. But, because of the life I’ve been given I’m able to help other people moving forward. So, thank you!”
Preventing complications and providing high quality of life: Every day, Dr. Heidi Rabi sees patients that cannot afford basic dental care. Oral health is often the window to overall health, and when people don’t have the money for proper oral care, they can face serious health complications down the road. Funding for the dental program goes a long way in not only addressing dental concerns before they spread to serious infections and complications, but also gives patients that little bit of self-confidence they need to go out and face the world.
“For a patient, fixing the way that they look when they open their mouth, or smile, is a complete life changer, because you take them from somebody who is possibly ashamed of being in public and you transform their life. The amount of confidence they gain from being able to open their mouths, from being able to smile, is a complete game changer.”
These are just a few examples of how donations touch the lives of the people in our community.
That’s where Calgary Health Trust comes in – we see the big picture and work with the community to make philanthropic investments in areas of health that will have the biggest impact. It’s for our family, our friends and our neighbours. One day, it may even be for ourselves.