Cancer Care Close to Home

The first time Town Councillor Esmé Comfort was diagnosed with cancer, she received chemotherapy in Calgary. That changed when the Bow Valley Community Cancer Centre opened at the Canmore General Hospital. Esmé is one of many in the Bow Valley who have benefitted from treatment closer to home.

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Foundation Letter to RMO Editor

We are not here to subsidize AHS, but it is unrealistic to expect the public dollar to cover all needs all the time. What’s more, there is always going to be opportunities to make small and big differences for patients and healthcare teams that go above and beyond what the public dollar will cover. 

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CGH Seeks ER Expansion to Meet Care Needs

Would you like a little privacy when you’re in the emergency room? Unfortunately, the current ER design is like an open-concept house, so there isn’t much privacy or confidentiality. “There’s no real private place in our department to talk about your issues,” says Dr. Wickham, lead emergency physician.

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Art Cart

Art Cart is a new volunteer-run program at CGH hoping to enhance patient-care, and reduce stress and boredom by providing inspiration, comfort, and diversion to patients at their bedside. 

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In the ER and Far from Home

Meet David Johnston, competitive cyclist. Johnston was in a Canmore bike race when he experienced a serious crash. With many breaks and injuries, Johnston needed to spend several days in hospital. He has since become a champion of the Canmore General Hospital and he encourages supporting the Foundation. “If a person you know has the means and is able to make a contribution to the Foundation, I think that would be a good idea,” he says.

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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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