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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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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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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Mindfulness Program

Since 2009, the Canmore & Area Health Care Foundation has funded Mindfulness Programs every Spring and Fall. The programs introduce individuals to meditation and yoga to help one manage everyday stressors and improve their overall health. Benefits may include improved sleep, decreased stress, enhanced ability to cope with pain, reduction in the use of medication, an improved immune system and less anxiety. Recent research also demonstrates mindfulness meditation helps with relapse prevention in depression. The mindfulness practice helps one become more accepting, less …
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Music Therapy Program

The Music Therapy Program is another great program that the Canmore & Area Health Care Foundation supports at the Canmore General Hospital. The program is offered to Golden Eagle View long-term care residents in the form of group and individual sessions, occurring twice weekly. Music therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, …
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Canmore General Hospital to Extend Quality Birthing Experience to More Bow Valley Mothers-to-be

  For Jackie Robertson, the delivery of her daughter, Hadley, at the Canmore General Hospital meant more than a convenient location. The hospital has two private rooms dedicated to women in labour.** Robertson’s positive birth experience didn’t start the day she went into labour, but weeks before, in November 2015 when she experienced symptoms that can signal pre-term labour.   During her two-night stay, Robertson described the nurses as “so responsive to what was happening and they made me feel comfortable and safe and same with the doctors that were here.”   This …
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Building Community Health Care Through Outreach and Volunteer Support

Ann Keith and her husband moved to Canmore in 1998, shortly after their son and his wife. She didn’t waste any time diving into the community.   Keith said when she moved to the Bow Valley, she asked herself, “where can my time be well spent, where can my skills be used?”   Years ago, Keith and her husband – an avid golfer – started volunteering at the Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation’s annual golf tournament. It’s an event she’s now chaired for the past couple of years.   “I realize that the government can’t do it all and in every town the community decides what it …
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Canmore General Hospital seeks funding to make its long-term care facility “feel like home”

When Avice Stephenson settled into her room at the Golden Eagle View she’d been living with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis for more than five years. “Looking after her health-wise was becoming impossible,” said her husband, Gerry Stephenson, now 85. At first he could care for her on his own. Eventually, he’d have help come to their house. Yet, in her last months at home, getting Avice ready and into bed was becoming too physically demanding for Gerry. “It reached a point at least once or twice a week I would finish up on the floor…because I just couldn’t take her weight,” he said. Getting a room …
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