For many families, the Stollery Children’s Hospital is a place where miracles happen.
In order to continue providing some of the most advanced treatments for child health issues in the country, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation announced a $12-million expansion campaign yesterday. They’ve already raised more than $8 million.
“When it became apparent that the Stollery needed a new pediatric emergency and additional specialized equipment, research and programs, we looked to people in the community who we knew could make things happen,” said Richard Hiron, chair of the foundation. “Even before taking this campaign to the public, they (the foundation) have achieved the outstanding contribution of $8.4 million.”
The $12 million includes $5 million towards the pediatric emergency, a minimum of $4 million towards research, $1 million towards funding advanced pediatric sub-specialty medical education, and $2 million to fund programs and purchase specialized equipment.
The provincial government is investing $18.5 million to improve access to the emergency department at the hospital.
“I can tell you that for children and parents, there is no greater comfort during stressful times than to have somewhere to turn to,” said Premier Ed Stelmach.