Feels Like Home - Phase Three

Last year, our community answered the call to start raising money for the Feels Like Home enhancement project of the Golden Eagle View long-term care Unit. Thanks to you, we have raised up to $631,059 towards our $1,500,000 goal.

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Philanthropy Finds Its Way Home

Jack and Marie Van Deventer know the Foundation well. Jack is a Foundation board member and they have both been corporate donors for years. But when Jack’s health recently needed attention, the couple’s treasured value of great health care became personal. “When we initially built the cancer wing, I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be there in one of those chairs for four hours, Jack muses.

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Personal Feel of Canmore General Hospital Benefits Staff and Patients

For more than 35 years, Dr. Rick Balharry has worked as Chief of Medical Staff at the Canmore General Hospital. In addition to his extensive career in medicine, he has consistently served as the voice of administration to staff, bridging the two groups. “Most rural hospitals tend to be a little more intimate,” said Dr. Balharry. “People work together more as a team rather than as individuals.”

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Palliative Care

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.

Honour loved ones by making a memorial donation in their names.

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Canmore General Hospital Tuck Shop

The Tuck Shop is located at the Canmore General Hospital. This volunteer-run operation offers a wide range of gifts and treats, such as tasty snacks, knitted baby clothing, and blankets. By shopping here, you can support much-needed equipment purchases at the hospital through the Ladies’ Auxiliary and the CAHCF. All proceeds go back to Canmore General Hospital.

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Canmore Hospital Ladies Auxiliary Celebrates 40 Years

When it comes to anniversaries in life – 40 years is a truly remarkable amount of time.

For a married couple, 40 years is a ruby anniversary, which represents the eternal inner flame, but for the Canmore Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary, celebrating four decades of volunteering in the community was marked by tea cups, cakes and sandwiches on April 12.

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Patient-Centred Care a Priority

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 small, not at its current location. 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.

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Improvement to Bow Valley Cancer Care a Community-wide Effort

When the 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 – no privacy – the chairs were right beside each other.”

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Canmore Hospital to Extend Quality Birthing Experience to More Bow Valley Mothers

For Jackie Robertson, the delivery of her daughter, Hadley, at the Canmore General Hospital meant more than a convenient location. The hospital has four 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.

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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 moved here. Keith didn’t waste any time diving into the community. When she moved to the Bow Valley, she asked herself, “Where can my time be well spent? Where can my skills be used?” Years prior, Keith and her husband – an avid golfer – started volunteering at the 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 needs most.”

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Canmore General Hospital Seeks Funding to Make Its Long-Term Care Unit "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 several 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. Getting a residential room for Avice was important not just for her well-being and safety, but for his own.

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Canmore Volunteers Share a Birthday

The oldest and youngest volunteers at the Canmore Hospital shared a birthday! The hospital community celebrated Helen and Violet together with two beautiful birthday cakes. Barb Shellian, Director Bow Valley Community and Rural Health, also paid tribute to their volunteer work: “There would be a hole in our family if we didn’t have Violet and Helen as part of our team. Thank you – we really mean that from the bottom of our hearts.”

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