More than Medicine: Community-Centred Care at the Canmore General Hospital

When Barbara Jungmann, a registered nurse, moved from Vancouver to Canmore in 1985, she expected to learn a little bit of everything. That, it turned out, wasn’t exactly the case.   “You actually do have to have quite a vast knowledge about everything,” said Jungmann, who has worked as a nurse in the Bow Valley for more than three decades.   “We do refer our patients quite often to the urban facilities in the city, but you do have to know about their condition and when to refer them.”   Though patients often get referred to specialists in Calgary, the Canmore General …
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Interview with CAHCF ED, Soulafa Al-Abbasi

MEET THE LEADERS - "FOCUS ON GIVING"  FOCUS ON GIVING IS AN AHS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR RELATIONSHIPS, LEADERSHIP AND GROWTH AUGUST 2018  Soulafa Al-Abbasi, Canmore & Area Health Care Foundation A Q&A with foundation leaders across Alberta This month, we’re excited to highlight Soulafa Al-Abbasi, Executive Director of Canmore & Area Health Care Foundation. Soulafa brings over 10 years of experience in capacity building, strategic planning, program development and non-profit management to her role. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked with Canmore Folk …
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Palliative Care

Palliative Care Unit  Honour loved ones by making a memorial donation in their names. The Palliative Care Unit's two newly renovated rooms were funded by the Canmore & Area Health Care Foundation. The Foundation's purchase of a palliative care bed is one example of making a difference in the quality of end-of-life care at the #Canmore General Hospital. Support the Foundation. Please give: canmorehealthfoundation.com   …
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Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation promotes community through equipment purchases

            When Hugh Burton and his wife moved to Canmore more than two decades ago from Calgary, they didn’t imagine the small mountain town would be equipped with the healthcare services of a larger centre.             “It never ever occurred to us that we could get any of these more specialized things in Canmore itself,” said Burton.             Burton is one of the many Bow Valley locals who have benefitted from the …
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CAHCF Annual Silvertip Golf Tournament Fundraiser: June 14, 2018

Canmore & Area Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament Fundraiser Thursday June 14, 2018 at Silvertip Resort Thanks everyone for a great event.   The Canmore & Area Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament is our largest annual fundraiser. If you joined us this year, we hope you enjoyed a fun-filled day of golf, dining, and supporting health care in the Bow Valley! If you missed out, we hope you can join us next year!  Thank you to our generous sponsors! With your help, we raised  $115,000 to support the Canmore General Hospital in 2018! Let's …
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Canmore General Hospital Tuck Shop

Canmore General Hospital Tuck Shop  https://youtu.be/5OBXKKhmusw The Tuck Shop, located at the #Canmore General Hospital, is one of the many ways you can support the Foundation and Ladies Auxiliary with much-needed equipment purchases. It is a volunteer-run operation that offers a wide range of products (e.g., baby clothing, thoughtful gifts, tasty snacks, etc.) with proceeds going back to CGH. Support our Canmore General Hospital. Please give:canmorehealthfoundation.com …
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Navigating cancer care at the Canmore General Hospital with moral support

             When a person is diagnosed with cancer, taking the next steps is overwhelming in the midst of physical and emotional pain. That’s where the role of the Cancer Patient Navigator comes in, said Carolyn Henry, Care Manager for the Bow Valley Cancer Centre.              “You have the role of being a case manager for them,” said Henry, an RN and community care nurse who previously worked as Cancer Patient Navigator.             The navigator is “really being the person that they …
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Feels Like Home – Phase Two

Last year, our community started to answer the call to raising money for the ‘Feels Like Home’ enhancement project of the Golden Eagle View Long-term Care Unit at the Canmore General Hospital. Thanks to you, we have raised up to $450,000.00 towards our $1,500,000.00 goal. We have quickly turned this progress into impact by purchasing new dining room furniture for the residents at GEV, which received some great reviews. The dining room is the social hub of the unit. It is the place where residents gather for various therapy and social activities, share a meal, or visit with …
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Patient-Centred Care a Priority as Hospital Grows & Evolves

It was “a bit of a shock” for Barb Shellian when she started at the Canmore General Hospital in 1975. At that time, the hospital was not at its current location. It was small, and Shellian, a nurse who had been working in city hospitals, had moved to the quaint mountain town after getting married.   Her first day on the job she was handed two things. First, she received patient files.   “So I thought, ok this is good … this was something I was used to,” said Shellian.   The second, to her surprise, was a monkey wrench. That part was new.   “I soon found out there …
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Improvement to Bow Valley cancer care a community-wide effort

When the Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation set out to fund renovations to the Canmore General Hospital’s cancer care unit, the board knew it would be a huge task. At the time, in late 2008, the board estimated it would cost a million dollars to upgrade and grow the facility.   Going to the former cancer care unit, which opened in 2001, “was like getting your chemo treatment in a closet,” said Graham Lock, who was foundation chair at the time. “It was really crowded and no privacy, the chairs were right beside each other.”   The doctors and nurses were providing quality …
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