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Bravery Bead Program

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What is the Bravery Bead Program?

The Bravery Bead Program  is a voluntary program for children giving them the opportunity to collect a different bead for procedures, tests and events they participate in while visiting the QEII Hospital for care.  The goal of the program is to make a necklace with colorful beads that represent the unique and special journey of a child, giving them a visual way to tell their story.  The string of beads, along with the journal provided by the program to explain each bead received, enables the child to make something that they are proud of and want to share with family and friends.  Each bead string is unique and a representation of each child’s individual journey through treatment.

The necklace becomes a precious keepsake that is viewed as a medal or badge of courage for patients and their families.  When a child begins their difficult journey, they are given a necklace with their name on it.  As they undergo treatments, surgeries, chemo or any other therapy, they will receive a special bead signifying the experience.  These are called Bravery Beads and commemorate these milestones.

How has the program made a difference?

 A parent said that the Bravery Bead Program has allowed her son to talk about his journey through treatment to his brother and to the other members of the family.  

One mother described her four-year old’s struggle with cancer treatment. Hesitant and scared at first, the child now proudly takes her necklace to school to show the other children.  One day she took it into the Principal’s office.  The Principal later told the child’s parent that she was amazed to hear complex and difficult procedures like “lumbar puncture” and “bone marrow aspirate” described so matter-of-factly by a four-year old child.  The parent said that the Bravery Bead Program was responsible.  I feel proud when people notice my beads.”

“I think this program is very great because it gives us kids a reason to want to come back. It shows how brave we are!” 12 year-old patient

“A three year old is able to point to his beads and tell people what he got them for – like medals in wartime, I guess.  For me, it reminds me on his bad days, just how much he is going through….he loves putting his beads on his older sister.  She likes keeping track of his beads for him. It helps her understand what her brother is going through.  “Mother of 3 year-old

“Bravery Beads make me feel brave and special and nice….the beads remind me of all the brave things I have done, and that makes me feel good….(they) make me feel joyful and cheerful inside…I feel good inside when people say nice things about my beads….I feel proud!”

As one parent described it, “The necklace gives my child a voice for sharing.”

Where did the program begin?

The Bravery Beads Program started at British Columbia Children’s Hospital in 1999.  The idea for the program came about when a pediatric social worker welcomed her teenage son home from a wilderness camp and found that he had a string of beads to commemorate milestones achieved on the trip.  When she realized how much her son valued the string of beads and how easily he was able to tell the story of each experience, each one represented by a coloured bead on the necklace, she theorized that children who have to travel the difficult journey through cancer treatment,and other medical conditions requiring hospital care, would treasure a beaded necklace as well.  She and her colleagues developed the idea and the Bravery Bead Program was born!

    Grateful Patient Program

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    Grateful Patient Program

    Lifeline

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    Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Lifeline: Celebrating over 20 years of helping seniors and patients

    Since 1986 Lifeline and the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital have provided peace of mind to over 2000 patients and their families.  Because the Lifeline service provides worry-free protection 24 hours a day, seniors and those at-risk can live comfortably and confidently in their own homes, knowing help is a press of a button away.

    How Lifeline Works

    Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Lifeline Subscribers wear a lightweight, waterproof button.  If they require assistance, they only have to press this button to signal the Lifeline Response Centre.  Skilled Lifeline Representatives have all the medical and personal information to get them help – quickly.

    Lifeline uses voice-to-voice communication, so Representatives can assess needs and send the right help for any situation. Even if a Subscriber cannot answer, Lifeline sends assistance at once – whether it is a neighbour, family member or ambulance. Lifeline follows-through every time to ensure help always arrives.

    For over 20 years the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Lifeline Program has been serving Grande Prairie and surrounding communities by complementing the range of services offered by the hospital and extending continuity of care to the home by supporting those who are:

      At risk for falls;
      Home alone on a frequent basis;
      Using adaptive devices to assist with walking;
      Managing a medical condition;
      Considering a move to an assisted living facility;
      At risk for readmission.

    To find out more about Lifeline or to book a complementary demonstration, please contact the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Lifeline Program at (780) 538-4597 or by visiting www.lifeline.ca.

    Contact Information

    Telephone: (780) 538-4597
    Toll-Free: 1-866-858-8618
    Website: www.lifeline.ca

    Planned Giving Program

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    Major Gifts & Planned Gifts will always be an integral part in providing state of the art technology and excellence in service and equipment for healthcare in our community.

     

    Major Gifts
    A Major Gift may consist of any corporate or individual donation totaling $10,000 or more and may be designated to a specific department or piece of equipment, if so desired.

     

    Planned Gifts
    The process is simple . . . the rewards immeasurable.

     

    Physicians Endowment Fund
    Many of the physicians of the Peace Country Region have taken the initiative and joined together, to invest in the future of quality healthcare and the services available at the QEII Regional Hospital. The “Physicians Endowment Fund” is an investment fully funded by participating Physicians to provide additional equipment that might not otherwise be available. It is truly commendable and reassuring to know that these Physicians are striving to increase the diversity and quality of services that they can provide. This in turn offers their patients the very best medical care available.

     

    Heritage Society
    The QEII Hospital Foundation’s Heritage Society was established in 1996. The Heritage Society is an esteemed group of people who are respected for their vision and dedication to the QE II Hospital. The QE II Hospital Foundation gratefully acknowledges a donation of $10,000 or more by having the donor’s name engraved on a bronze plaque that is placed on our beautifully sculpted “Giving Tree” located on the Mezzanine in the QE II Hospital lobby. This tree respectfully honors our Planned Gift Donors as Heritage Society Members. The QEII Hospital Foundation thanks our Heritage Society Members for truly “making a difference”.
    Leave a Legacy through “planned giving”. Making a charitable gift through planned giving can be very easy and very affordable. Many may be unaware of the significant tax liabilities that their estate can incur which could possibly leave your family with financial debt. Through a planned gift, you can ensure that your estate will benefit from tax advantages, and those tax dollars can be used to benefit your community. The most common planned gifts are made through a bequest in a will, a new or existing life insurance policy, securities, real estate, charitable remainder trusts, and art or cultural gifts. If you choose to take out a life insurance policy as a planned gift, even a small tax deductible monthly premium can become a very substantial gift.

    Making a planned gift only validates the magnitude of what you as an individual can accomplish. Take advantage of tax and other financial benefits available to you, and remember that it is available to everyone, and can be designed to fit every budget…You can make a difference!

     

    Endowment Funds- Leaving a Family Legacy to your Community
    An endowment fund is a permanent fund where the capital is kept intact and only the income (or portion of the income and capital gains) is spent on charitable purposes. It is an investment fund set aside for the long term support of an organization. Many established charities, particularly institutional charities such as universities and foundations, depend upon endowment income to operate.

    Being able to create an endowment in your family’s name can establish a tangible and eternal memory of your loved one. We will always be faced with the stringent demands for quality healthcare and an Endowment Fund is an everlasting way to make a difference by ensuring that the latest technology will be available in our area today and tomorrow.

     

    Contact Information
    Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation
    780 538-7583

    Cradle Wall

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    More than 1,700 miracles happen every year at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital with each baby that is born. You can celebrate this joyous occasion in a very special way. Our Cradle Wall, located on the main floor of the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital is a commemoration of babies born at this hospital, in the previous Grande Prairie Hospital or Katherine Prittie Hospital. This colourful wall was designed and painted by local artist Tim Heimdal, and it features little pewter footprints that have been engraved with the name and birth date of a loved one. These Precious Footprints make a wonderful gift whether for a newborn today or for recognition of a birth from the past.

    Cradlewall1Your donation of $125 will not only purchase a precious footprint, but the money raised will also go toward much needed medical equipment that will help us to provide the best healthcare and services possible. This is a wonderful way for parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, or friends to acknowledge these special miracles.

    Little Miracles are Making a difference…
    For more information about the Cradle Wall please call the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation office at (780) 538-7583.
    Click here for a Cradle-Wall-Brochure

    Visual Arts Program

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    Art allows distraction, escape, contemplation, exploration and can bring the participant a sense of calm, of relaxation, of enjoyment, of purpose and ultimately wellness. The psychological wellbeing of the patient is integral to their physical healing and the Arts can bring wellness in many forms and in many ways.

    The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital’s rotating Gallery spaces have been a wonderful venue to bring the Art of our very talented Peace Region into the daily life of the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital. The Courtyard Gallery, adjacent to the cafeteria, was fortunate enough to host shows from Donna Kaut, Ed Bader, Helena Mulligan, Vicki Hotte, The Northern Piecemakers Quilt Guild and Dan Arberry. These shows brought the diversity of Art into the setting allowing us to enjoy approaches ranging from realism to the abstract, using a wide range of materials including fabric, wax encaustic, oils, acrylic, watercolours and mixed media and with subjects ranging from Flora to Fauna and much more.

    Similarly, in the Mackenzie Place display cubes we were able to feature art works from the children of Grande Prairie brought to us by the Centre for the Creative Arts, a beautiful selection of smaller works by well known and appreciated regional artists Euphemia McNaught, Robert Guest and Jim Adrain taken from the Hospitals own collection and some very creative and introspective masks made by patients from Addictions and Mental Health Services. We wrapped up the balance of our year with a selection of beautiful handmade pottery from Cheryl Brown and the incredibly intricate floral designs of Janice Lutsenko.

    The art on display in our Gallery spaces is available for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to the Hospital Foundation. We encourage you to stop by often to enjoy the various exhibitions and if you see something you like, consider making a purchase and take it home knowing that you are supporting both local artists and our Foundation.

    All works are for sale and inquiries about a work can be made through the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation at 780-538-7583.

    Fiona
    Munroe Visual Arts Coordinator
    Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation
    Cell (780) 814-4558
    Office (780) 830-4855

    Therapeutic Clown

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    Butterfly the Therapeutic Clown

    Butterfly the Therapeutic Clown

    What is a Therapeutic Clown?
    A Therapeutic Clown is a specially trained professional who works in health care settings to bring laughter, companionship and delight to patients and their families.

    Imagine how scary and intimidating a hospital can be to a young person.  There are children that stay in hospital and spend days, months and sometimes even longer, away from their home and family.   Our Therapeutic Clown helps minimize the stress for our young patients and their families during treatments, while having medical procedures, or to fill the time while family members wait for a loved one to have surgery.   This can be a great comfort to these young patients and their families. Our Clown creates long lasting relationships and some happy memories in a time that is trying.

    Although our medical personnel are essential to the health of our patients, to a child Butterfly could very well be the most important person that they meet in the hospital.  She is the only person at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital who is doing any medical procedures.  Butterfly is a positive influence in any situation that can be confusing, scary and sometimes even painful to a young person.

    If you believe happiness can aid in healing then you’ll feel good about donating to this program.  The Therapeutic Clown Program does not just end with the children, Butterfly makes all of us smile.

    Going for a spin around the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital

    Going for a spin around the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital

    At the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital we consider “Butterfly” part of the hospital healthcare team, joining in the healing and wellness efforts of the patients, and supporting all types of healthcare delivery systems.

    The Therapeutic Clown Program is not funded by public health dollars.  Without sponsorships and /or your donations we would not have this valuable program.  Your support will truly make a difference in a child’s life and also in the lives of their families.

    Butterfly cruises the halls of the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital twice a week dis-pensing her own brand of medicine – healing through laughter and joy.  The car she drives is equipped with an IV pole and two spots to carry oxygen tanks so that no child has to be left behind!

    Individuals and Businesses get an opportunity to have their names displayed on the Therapeutic Clown Donor Wall which is located inside the Car Garage.  The garage sits in the highest traffic area of the Hospital by the main entrance and just outside of the gift shop.

    To donate or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation at (780) 538-7583 or click here to donate now.

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    With the support of the community we can truly Make a Difference in the lives of hospitalized children and their families here at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital.

    Smiles for Butterfly

    Smiles for Butterfly

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