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Paediatric MRI Campaign

In February 2012 the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation launched a $122,000 dollar Capital Campaign to purchase a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Anaesthesia System specifically for paediatric patients.

In July, the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation was excited to announce that the Paediatric MRI Campaign has surpassed the goal of $122,000, thanks to the generous donations of the community of Grande Prairie.

“The response from the community for this campaign has been so positive and amazing,” says Cindy Park, Executive Director, “we reached our goal quickly and the MRI Anaesthesia System has been ordered. Each and every gift is important to patient care in this community and this piece of specialized equipment will help reduce the burden of travel to Edmonton in order to receive MRI diagnostic services.”

Chillin’ in the ICU Campaign

In January 2012 the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation started the Chillin’ in the ICU Campaign to raise funds to purchase a Hypothermia Machine.

In 2013, the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation had announced the campaign as a success! With the much needed help from the community, the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation had raised over $28,000 for the Hypothermia Machine. The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation would like to express their deep gratitude to the community for all their donations to make this purchase possible.

Operating Microscope

At a cost of $200,000, the Orthopedic Operating Microscope was a major element of the Surgical Services Expansion Project. The microscope was purchased with the proceeds raised at the 2004 Festival of Trees event. This specialized equipment item offers significant advancement in the variety of orthopedic procedures now available at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital.

Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital’s new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery which celebrated its Grand Opening on March 18, 2004 is the only one of its kind, north of Edmonton. With this NICU, we are now able to keep our babies at home and minimize or even eliminate the time that families must be separated from their precious newborns. With an overwhelming response from the community and Corporate Major Gifts donated by Devon, EnCana and Talisman Energy, over $900,000 dollars was raised to secure this project. These vital, life saving services are now available to the citizens of Northern Alberta, Northeastern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

Intensive Care Unit Upgrades (ICU)

In 2003, the Intensive Care Unit made a plea for help for an additional adult ventilator and 10 upgraded I.C.U. monitors. These items required over $150,000 and once again, the proceeds from the Foundation’s events made it possible to provide these necessary items.

New Ophthalmology Services Available

In 2001, more than $150,000 was raised to purchase a specialized operating microscope and Phaeco-machine for the Ophthalmology Department at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. Through the provision of these equipment items, the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital was very fortunate to also secure an additional Ophthalmologist for Grande Prairie and area. In Grande Prairie, eye surgeries have now advanced to a safer, faster, and more efficient level for glaucoma surgeries, the removal of ocular tumors and cataract surgeries being performed under topical anesthesia. From a surgical perspective, Grande Prairie is now as technologically advanced as any centre in North America.

MRI Campaign a Success

In 1998, the Foundation launched a 5 year / $4 million dollar Capital Campaign to purchase an MRI for the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. Due to the overwhelming vision and devotion from the citizens of Grande Prairie and its surrounding areas, this campaign was accomplished in only 15 months! Today, the MRI facility provides services to over 4,000 patients annually.

64 Slice CT Scanner

Another Foundation success story was the successful completion of the $2.2 million dollar 64 Slice CT Scanner for our Diagnostic Imaging Department. This was made possible by the generous donations received from so many individuals and companies. We could not have completed this amazing campaign without you!

Integrated Surgical Suites

The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital has developed two Integrated Surgical Suites for the surgeons and patients of our region. These Integrated Suites have teleconferencing capable equipment which allows our surgeons to perform specialized operations with the guidance of other specialists throughout the world. This is both an education mechanism for our surgeons, as well as an advantage for our patients. The Integrated Surgical Suite allows our patients to have their surgical procedure here in Grande Prairie rather than having to travel to Edmonton or Calgary. This also provides an opportunity for our surgeons to become more specialized in their field of expertise without having to acquire additional specific training elsewhere. The project now provides the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital with two (2) specialized integrated suites for $900,000.00.

Staff of the Foundation

The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation is entrusted with the stewardship and management of donor funds with the primary goal of enhancing patient care for our residents in this region. Our organization originated in 1984 when our first legacy gift was made by Sarah Joan Alward, a local Grande Prairie resident. Four years later, the first Festival of Trees was held and in 1995 we introduced the Visual Arts program. In 2004 Butterfly made her début as our Therapeutic Clown at the QE II Hospital and she still brightens the faces of sick children today. We are thankful to have exciting programs and campaigns all directed at enhancing patient care. We would like to thank the community for all their support over the years and we look forward to continuing to serve in the future.

Keith Curtis
Executive Director
Nicole Griffiths
Finance Officer
Dawn Miller
Senior Development Officer
Fiona Munroe
Visual Arts Coordinator
Therapeutic Clown
Ronda Ross
Administrative Coordinator
Melissa Savich
Communications Officer
Val Carnwell
Finance Officer

Board of Trustees

The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation is led by a volunteer Board of Trustees of community leaders that lend governance and direction for the Foundation. Our trustees have a diversity of professional, business and academic backgrounds and bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills to the boardroom table. These ambassadors give freely of their time and their expertise to carry forward the work of the Hospital Foundation.

Kim Drever
Todd Strang
Vice Chair
Cecile Neil
Dr. Richard Beekman
Dr. Len Brezac
Scott Lissoway
Serge Martin
Past Chair
Cindy Park
Sean Sargent
Stacy Greening

Mission & History

The Mission of the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation is:
“Working with the community to raise and manage funds to enhance patient care and education at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital.”

The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation

The primary purpose of the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation is to enhance the quality of health care in our community by raising money for the priority and specialized needs of our Regional Secondary Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. The Foundation plays a critical role in funding essential specialized equipment, major projects, patient care programs and education.

Due to our continuous challenging health care climate, the Foundation must make every effort to help our hospital meet the growing needs of its community as well as the needs of the Northwestern Alberta region that it serves. Our Hospital also serves numerous residents from Eastern British Columbia and the Territories.

The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital and provides a vital link to the thousands of individuals and organizations in our community and region that choose to offer their support to the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. We are a Registered Canadian Charitable Organization, therefore, all donors receive an official tax receipt. Donors who invest in our Hospital Foundation provide many benefits to patients. In many cases, there are no other sources of funding for these very worthwhile patient care programs and to purchase much needed equipment. As an organization entrusted with the stewardship of donor contributions, we strive to match the wishes of our donors with the priority needs of our Hospital.

If a donor wishes to support a specific program or department of the Hospital, the Foundation ensures that the gift is used as intended. The Foundation also receives many contributions that are not designated for a specific purpose. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees determines where the need is the greatest to direct these donations.

In all cases, the Foundation provides timely and appropriate recognition of gifts, regardless of the amount, through its Royal Donor Recognition Program. All gifts are acknowledged and very much appreciated.
To maintain its awareness about developments in the charitable health care sector, the Foundation has access to information from other organizations which include: The Association for Health Care Philanthropy (AHP), The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP).

Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Auxiliary Association

The Foundation has worked in partnership with the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Auxiliary Association for the past 12 + years. Today, they are partners in our Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Dream Home Lottery and have manned Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen (The Co-op Marketplace Kitchen) at Festival of Trees for many years. They are a very reliable and dedicated group of volunteers who raise funds for everyday necessities at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital.

Foundation History

In 1984, a large legacy from Sarah Joan Alward was made to the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. It was then that a vision to develop a comprehensive fundraising program was born, and the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation was established.

In 1988, the Foundation became involved with its first event – The Festival of Trees.

When regionalization occurred in 1994-95, the Foundation inherited the Visual Arts Program and the Lifeline Program.
In 1996, the Planned Giving Program was started and the Heritage Society was established.

In October 1999, the Foundation inherited the Dream Home Lottery.

Today, the Foundation generates over $2 million dollars in gross revenue. The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital is recognized as the Regional Secondary Referral Centre for Northwestern Alberta, Northeastern British Columbia, and the Territories.

The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation Office is located in the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital, on the main floor, near the Hospital Administration Offices just past the Gift Shop.


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