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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