MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR AND THE PRESIDENT
The University Hospital Foundation strives to be a leader. In our community. In philanthropy. And in our commitment to ensuring that every gift we receive is stewarded with utmost care and integrity.
Because we know that you, our dedicated donors, deserve the very best. Thanks to your donations, we raised $18.3 million (net) in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. We encourage you to read our full financial statements here.
Our dedicated Trustees, staff and volunteers strive to be leaders, to ensure that your gifts have the greatest possible impact on patient care. We would like to thank Kim Wheaton, who finished her term as Chair and continues to guide and support to the Foundation as Past Chair and retiring Trustee Simon Sochatsky, a valued member of our Funding Priorities Committee.
To you, our donors, who give generously and consistently to ensure that the nearly one million patients who visit the University of Alberta Hospital site every year have access to the very best care when they need it most, thank you for your tireless support.
And for inspiring us to be the very best.
Chair, University Hospital Foundation
Joyce Mallman Law
President, University Hospital Foundation
UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Guided by their belief in the power of generosity, the University Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees - composed of some of the most committed, talented and determined leaders in Edmonton – ensures that gifts to the Foundation are stewarded with the utmost care and integrity.
Donors to the Brain Centre Campaign have already committed over $40 million. And they’re just getting started.
The University Hospital Foundation’s Brain Centre Campaign is committed to ensuring that patients with potentially devastating brain conditions have access to the best people, using the best technology, in the best healing environments.
Delivering faster stroke care
Canada’s first Stroke Ambulance - complete with a CT scanner, clot-busting drugs and the potential to treat a stroke before the patient even reaches hospital - is coming to Alberta. The total cost of the Stroke Ambulance - $3.3 million - will be funded by donors to the University Hospital Foundation.
Northern Alberta’s centre for stroke care
The Stroke Ambulance will add one more piece of advanced technology to the University of Alberta Hospital – western Canada’s leading stroke centre - by joining forces with one of the most far-reaching and effective Telestroke programs in Canada, and the diagnostic expertise at the A.H. Owen and Family Stroke Prevention Clinic. The University of Alberta Hospital is also the only site in central and northern Alberta with the capacity to perform a minimally invasive clot retrieval procedure known as endovascular thrombectomies. Since 2014, demand for removing blood clots from the brain using this image-guided therapy has doubled.
Dennis Erker's $1 million donation is advancing care for people who - like him - are living with Parkinson's
“There’s an opportunity here to make a difference in the lives of people living with Parkinson’s. I want to do everything I can to make that happen.”
“I was shocked,” said Edmonton businessman and community leader Dennis Erker, when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015. “It was very upsetting.”
“Dr. Miyasaki told me I may have two years, four years, 20 years. You never know. Then we began talking about hope and the role of powerful positive thinking. I decided I wanted to make a gift, and I wanted to do it now.”
Dennis Erker’s gift will support innovative advancements in patient care and research such as hope-focused intervention, technology-assisted decision making, and the Complex and Supportive Care Clinic at the University of Alberta Hospital, the only clinic in western Canada to incorporate a team-based approach to Parkinson’s patient care.
A transformational gift by Jim and Jeanine Brown will put Edmonton at the forefront of ALS patient care and research
With their $1 million gift to ALS research at the University of Alberta Hospital, Jim and Jeanie Brown turned their despair into hope, transforming the future of care for patients with ALS.
A prominent Edmonton lawyer and philanthropist, Jim Brown says that coming to grips with the fact there is no known cure for ALS has been one of the toughest challenges to deal with. “You feel helpless,” says James. “But we knew there was no way we could just sit and do nothing.” So they took on ALS the way they’ve done everything else for the past 25 years – together.
After contributing 25 cents of every dollar to build the Maz, donors are now ensuring that western Canada’s leading heart institute remains at the forefront of cardiac care.
Dr. Robert Welsh, Zone Medical Director for Cardiac Sciences in Edmonton, stresses that community support is the fuel that drives innovation at the Maz. By fully funding the $6.6 million Cardiac Hybrid Operating Room, purchasing specialized surgical tools, and helping to recruit some of the best doctors in the world, donor support has enabled the Maz to be a national leader in the field of minimally invasive surgery.
Mishaela Houle, Executive Director of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, adds that donors have provided critical support to the Maz in bridging from innovative research to clinical care.
Expanding the life support program at the Maz has dramatically improved care for patients facing life-threatening illness - all thanks to donor generosity
The most critically ill patients at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute need life support to survive.
The ECMO program (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) at the Maz provides life-saving care to patients with severe respiratory or cardiac failure. It cares for the most complex cases across northern Alberta.
Since 2009, ECMO has also been used to treat patients with breathing complications due to the H1N1 virus that caused a worldwide pandemic.
ECMO therapy at the Maz is also being used as a bridge for support for patients awaiting heart or lung transplants.
In 2015, generous sponsors and call-in donors to the University Hospital Foundation’s annual 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day gave a record-breaking $250,000 to support the purchase of an advanced ECMO Transport System: portable life-support technology that doctors from the Maz can take with them to save the lives of out-of-town patients who may not survive the trip back to the Maz without it.
“The life support program at the Maz would not be what it is today without donor support,” says Houle. “There are desperately sick patients every year whose lives depend on it.”
Donor support advances care and research at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute's Heart Function Clinic
Dr. Justin Ezekowitz, cardiologist and Director of the Heart Function Clinic at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, has a question about salt – is it good or bad for cardiac patients with end-stage heart disease?
When their lives are in danger, critically injured patients are brought to the University of Alberta Hospital.
As the Level One Trauma Centre serving central and northern Alberta, the University of Alberta Hospital
serves a massive geographic area that covers all of Alberta north of Red Deer, northeastern British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Territories.
It’s also the only hospital in Edmonton that has the advanced equipment, state-of-the-art technology and level of specialties required to provide the most advanced care to patients with life threatening injuries
to multiple parts of their bodies.
Much of that care involves a multidisciplinary approach that includes trauma trained surgeons, orthopaedic
surgeons, spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, critical care specialists, and plastic surgeons who specialize in
burn care at the Firefighters’ Burn Treatment Unit, western Canada’s largest and most advanced burn treatment unit.
Support through Full House Lottery, Festival of Trees
Community support through the 2015 Festival of Trees, 2016 Full House Lottery and generous community donors raised over $1.4 million and provided complex surgery teams at the University of Alberta Hospital the advanced equipment they need to care for more severely ill or injured trauma patients than anywhere else in Canada.
With nearly 80 outpatient clinics under one roof, patients with complex health issues have access to the convenience and expertise they deserve.
With almost 265,000 patient visits in 2015-16, the Kaye Edmonton Clinic is delivering on its promise to revolutionize outpatient care in northern Alberta.
Opened in July 2012, the Kaye Edmonton Clinic is named in honour of a $30 million gift from Edmonton businessman and philanthropist Donald Kaye.
Frank White takes part in rehabilitation exercises with Therapy Assistant Pamela Jenkins in the donor-funded rehabilitation clinic at the Kaye.
Donors to the University Hospital Foundation gave $750,000 to ensure the rehab clinic has the equipment, technology and space needed to help patients like Frank.
Dr. Fabrizio Giuliani, Director of the Northern Alberta MS Clinic, examines a patient with Multiple Sclerosis.
The MS Clinic is the only clinic in northern Alberta to provide multidisciplinary care for patients with this condition.
A patient in the Family Medicine Clinic gets his blood pressure checked.
The clinic is an academic and community practice located within the Kaye Edmonton Clinic, supported by registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, and social workers.
Head and neck cancers are common, devastating – and on the rise.
The Head and Neck Oncology program at the University of Alberta Hospital provides world leading care to over 250 new patients every year – from across western and northern Canada – with head and neck cancer. Of those, about 170 will need dramatic facial reconstruction surgery.
Why? Because head and neck cancers threaten our most basic functions – eating, speaking, even the way we look in our day-to-day lives. Once the cancer is removed, these characteristics that define who we are and how we live have to be recovered.
The University of Alberta Hospital program has developed an aggressive, highly specialized treatment protocol that focuses on incredibly complex microvascular reconstruction and preservation of salivary glands with post-operative chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Donors also equipped Head and Neck Cancer surgeons with 16 advanced laryngoscopes, enabling the highly specialized team to provide more daily diagnostic testing, helping more patients than ever before.
Donor support funds breakthrough discovery in preventing heart damage in breast cancer patients.
Funded by the University Hospital Foundation’s Medical Research Competition, Dr. Paterson and his team have determined that two different types of heart medications - beta blockers and ACE inhibitors - prevent heart weakening in breast cancer patients who have undergone chemotherapy or radiation as part of their cancer treatment.
The study involved 94 breast cancer patients in Edmonton and Winnipeg. “Funding from the University Hospital Foundation enabled the collaboration between the two sites,” explains Dr. Paterson.
The University Hospital Foundation’s Medical Research Competition has provided $5 million in seed funding to more than 250 peer-reviewed research projects over the past 10 years.
In 2015, the University Hospital Foundation announced the formation of the $2 million Johnson & Johnson Alberta Health Innovation Partnership fund, JAHIP, a three-way partnership between the University Hospital Foundation, Janssen (the pharmaceutical division of Johnson & Johnson), and the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Economic Development & Trade.
(From left) Dr. Paul Kershaw, Vice President, Medical Affairs, Janssen; Julia Brown, Vice President, Government Affairs and Market Access, Janssen; Bob Bessette, University Hospital Foundation Board Chair; Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing; Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health and Deputy Premier; Bruce Williamson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Janssen.
2015 Festival of Trees showcased fundraising
at its finest.
Wow – what a Festival! More visitors attended the four-day fund-and-friend-raising event than ever before. All three special events – Gala Evening & Auction, Luncheon & Fashion Show and Santa’s Breakfast – sold out. Best of all, $1 million was raised in support of equipping our trauma and complex surgery teams with the advanced technology they need to save more lives.
Thanks to more than 2,000 dedicated volunteers who bring the Festival to life year after year, trauma patients will have access to some of the best surgeons in the world using state-of-the-art equipment.
Our thanks to the 2015 Steering Committee
Karen Tracy, 2015 Festival Chair (centre)
Donna Zazulak, Past Chair (left)
Trish Nieberding, Vice Chair (right)
Elaine Aronyk, Beryl Bacchus, Vicky Bastide, Deborah Brown, Anne-Marie Craig, Don Darling, Sandra Dickie, Shona Dunlop, Joan Faulkner, Jackie Fetter, Linda Fulton, Diane Gagnon, Crystal Graham, Linda Grisley, Dawn Harrison, Cathy Heller-Sereda, Rosemarie Holm, Charlene Knight, Barb Lajoie, Michelle Leveille, Halie Mark, Laura Marshall, Darrell McBain, Susan McBain, Bill McBride, Alison Moir, Lynn Smarsh, Diane Stokes, Alaina Terpstra, Adrianne Thomson, Lisa Turchansky, Paddy Webb, Bryan Zuch
2015 Festival of Trees Sponsors
Luncheon & Fashion Show
“Donor support is building the future of care at the University of Alberta Hospital, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic.”
Dr. Dylan Taylor, Co-Facility Medical Director,
University of Alberta Hospital, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
Speaking at the 2016 President’s Brunch
Thank you for funding world class technology; for advancing knowledge from the research bench to the
patients’ bedside; and for playing a pivotal role in recruiting some of the best and brightest medical minds.
As part of the healthcare team, you are providing critical funding for research and innovation - creating
new knowledge that directly benefits our patients.
That’s why we host three special events each year – Chairman’s Dinner, President’s Brunch and Passport to
Excellence – to show our gratitude for all that you’ve done.