For 25 years the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation has celebrated the Spirit of Giving and the Holiday Season through the Festival of Trees. An incredible amount of energy goes into this 10 day event that sees more than 10,000 people through its doors each year. Over the 25 years more than $8 Million has been raised to support healthcare equipment at UHNBC.
Tonight in the kick off event sponsored by RBC Wealth Management, celebrating the many sponsors, volunteers, and those who support the event – a legacy gift is being presented to the City of Prince George. Commissioned by SOTN and RBC through the TimberKings and Pioneer Log Homes. This one of a kind original carved gift will adorn the Civic Centre this year, but also for many years to come throughout the festive Season.
“This is an event like no other”, CEO for Spirit of the North, Judy Neiser stated. “It involves the community in a way that no other event has – and for 25 years running. It really does have something for everyone – because we truly believe healthcare touches everyone!”
The project is now complete!! The house is SOLD!!! …. and very happy people will enjoy a beautiful home that we fondly have called for the better part of this year- the Copper Project. It is closure to what we all wanted; to build a first class home, engage trades and suppliers of goods and services, and give back to healthcare in the North- right here at home where we live, work, and play. On the direction of Copper Falls and their contractors, three areas of need have been identified for these funds to be directed to. “We are so happy to be a part of this project and be able to present $90,000 to make a difference in healthcare.” said Jeff Stewart, co-owner of Copper Falls Custom Homes.
Dedicated Maternal Operating Room- Prince George is home to over 1150 babies born each year. Many are considered high risk due to a condition or situation not controlled by anyone. This includes any C-section births. Having a dedicated Maternity Operating Room at UHNBC means that other surgeries such as hip or knee replacements, tonsillectomy and cataracts or elective surgeries won’t be postponed or cancelled when an emergency birthing situation arises. This room is scheduled to be open prior to the end of the year.
Breast Health Imaging Equipment- Few of us go through life without being touched by someone diagnosed with breast cancer. State of the art equipment has been purchased to create a one-stop breast health imaging centre at UHNBC. Components that make sure that each individual’s journey is respectful with minimized wait times between appointments and invasive procedures is key to getting back on the road to recovery or declaring a false positive sooner. The need for equipment in this area will continue.
Ortho Video Operating Room Towers- Working with the Orthopedic Surgeons for the region they know all too well that their patient waitlists are long. Hips and knees that need replacement, tears in a rotator cuff, and repetitive strain injuries cause incredible pain and suffering for far longer than necessary. Newer and state of the art operating room equipment would allow for less downtime in surgery, better images when performing a procedure which would result in quicker healing times and less invasive surgeries. This means everyone benefits from a more active lifestyle, less pain, and are back to doing what they love sooner.
For Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation this project was something that has never been done before. Over 30 contractors joining forces on one project to make a different to healthcare in the North. “No matter how big or small the contribution, collectively this is what makes a difference on what we are able to do for patients through the generosity of our donors.” said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North. “We are deeply humbled by the generosity and commitment from everyone involved.”
Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation is once again delighted to receive the proceeds from the Smile Cookie Campaign held throughout all eight Tim Horton’s locations in Prince George. A total of $36,448 was raised from September 17th to the 23rd! Thank you to everyone who supported the event through the purchase of these yummy little treats.
For many years now Tim Hortons has offered the Smile Cookie Campaign to the community where the proceeds help improve local healthcare for our smallest patients. This year’s proceeds are to help fund a Dedicated Maternal Operating Room at UHNBC. This means a safer entry into the world for our littlest patients, more piece of mind for families as they plan for this special day, and less disruption to scheduled operations at UHNBC.
“Who wouldn’t be smiling? Tim Hortons is an amazing corporate partner who gives so much to healthcare in the North,” commented Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North. “These cookies brighten everyone’s day. We truly appreciate everyone who supports this campaign and Tim Hortons for designating these funds to be used to help bring the best of care closer to home in the North. The cause they have chosen has such direct benefit for all patients in the North – we couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome.
Our deepest gratitude to Veronica and her amazing staff at Vanishings Laser Esthetics Inc. While celebrating their 17th anniversary, they opened their hearts and their business to customers where proceeds from this event would be directed towards the Dedicated Maternal O.R. Campaign at UHNBC through the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. Veronica presented $500 to us earlier this week -- Thank you so very much!!
This project will contribute to an ongoing campaign to see that high risk deliveries of our tiniest patients will be delivered in a dedicated maternal operating room. This is expected to open later this year. This is a win-win for all patients because having this operating room set aside for high risk births means that scheduled surgeries in the other operating rooms have a lesser chance to be bumped or rescheduled.
For more information about this campaign and others to help bring the best of care closer to home in the north please contact us at www.spiritofthenorth.ca (250) 565-2515.
The Prince George Hindu Cultural Society has provided a donation of $8,574.97 to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to be directed to educational tools through the Northern Clinical Simulation Centre at UHNBC. Always a strong supporter of education in the north, the Prince George Hindu Cultural Society is folding and understanding that healthcare touches everyone, they felt the balance of their remaining funds would be a nice closing gift to train healthcare professionals in the north.
“We sincerely appreciate the direction that Mr. Sharma and the Prince George Hindu Cultural Society has chosen in leaving a lasting gift.” Said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “Their passion for healthcare and education has made this donation a wonderful fit within the great work that the Northern Clinical Simulation Centre does in training healthcare professionals with state of the art equipment. As one door closes another opens and we are so proud to be a part of finalizing this chapter for such a wonderful society.”
Pictured are Shakti Sharma (centre) and Neena Madhok (centre right), both founding members of the society back in the 70s, along with Kumar Sharma, Darcy Bryant; Spirit of the North Vice President and Judy Neiser; CEO Spirit of the North. Other founding members were Brig Madhok, Paul Gupa, Dr. Umesh Khare and Inder Thakur.
Clinical Simulation is a valuable learning tool for physicians, students and clinical staff as well as first responders throughout the North. Clinical simulation is defined as “an attempt to replicate some or nearly all of the essential aspects of a clinical situation so that the situation may be more readily understood and managed when it occurs for real in clinical practice.”
For more information, or to donate, please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office by calling 250.565.2515.
Understanding that healthcare touches everyone and that the University Hospital of Northern BC's desire is to attract, retain and train healthcare professionals, Friday's SOLD OUT Wine Lovers Event in support of the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation was once again a tremendous success!! Chef Alden Kiland provided a five course culinary delight paired with carefully selected wines that provided the flavours, sights, and smells of the pacific coast to an amazing crowd that opened their hearts and wallets to raise a record number for this event at $74,072 for healthcare right here at home in the North, where we live, work, and play.
Coast Hotels partnered with the Jim Pattison Broadcast group years ago to initiate this event and it seems as though each year the evening doesn't disappoint. A huge thank you to all who attended and supported the event. Proceeds will go to Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to support much needed learning equipment at the Northern Clinical Simulation Lab at UHNBC. Clinical Simulation is a valuable learning tool for physicians, students and clinical staff as well as first responders throughout the North. Clinical simulation is defined as "an attempt to replicate some or nearly all of the essential aspects of a clinical situation so that the situation may be more readily understood and managed when it occurs for real in clinical practice." This includes the purchase of a newborn training simulator, a SIM NewB and potentially other simulation equipment.
"We are so proud of our relationship with Spirit of the North," said Coast Inn of the North General Manager Arun Mutalik. "They make huge contributions to our quality of life and we love celebrating the work they do. While the event allows us to showcase the talents of our team, it is the community who humble us with their incredible generosity. We are honoured to host this event and we will continue the journey."
"The evening was amazing – it always is", said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. "The energy in the room was exciting and we are so thrilled with what this partnership for healthcare has done once again. The Coast Inn of the North, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group and the generosity of those who attended really made for a perfect evening with great outcomes for healthcare in the North and education in the North. Detecting early with a more accurate diagnosis is key to treatment and the better educated or healthcare professionals are the better the long term results will be."
For more information, or to donate, please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office by calling 250.565.2515.
Many thanks to Steve and Ann Marie Henderson for their generous donations to Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to enhance education at the Northern Clinical Simulation Lab at UHNBC, and to UNBC for the Northern Leadership Campaign which benefits the Family Nurse Practitioner students. Better training for the North where we live, work, and play. Thank you!
RBC representatives, Sean Kehler and Tim Carmack presented a cheque in the amount of $50,000 to Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation that will be directed to the Northern Clinical Simulation Program at UHNBC.
In 2012, the Northern Clinical Simulation Program represented a collaboration between Northern Health, UNBC School of Nursing and the UBC Northern Medical Program. Today the program brings leading edge technology to northern BC to enrich the education and skills for clinical staff, physicians, and medical students in many disciplines. Clinical simulation combines state of the art robotic patient simulators with operating and debriefing technologies to enable a safe environment for learning and skills development.
To do this a broad range of simulators from birthing, newborns, pediatric, maternal adult and task trainers are required over and above typical equipment found in most areas of the hospital. Over the years much of this equipment has been heavily used throughout the region and is in need of replacement and newer and more advanced models have become available. Additional equipment to enhance the educational value is always being sourced as well. Funding provided by RBC Foundation will be put towards funding a new, state of the art infant, known as SimBaby.
“This is a program that isn’t fully understood and in many ways the value and impact isn’t fully appreciated beyond the centre itself.” said Judy Neiser, CEO Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “Knowing that students and current healthcare professionals from many disciplines in the healthcare system and in the community can experience first hand clinical situations in advance of real life occurrences allows skills to build, and best practices to be formed long before they are ever in a real life situation. It truly is an advanced way to learn and we are happy to work with the Northern Clinical Simulation and RBC Foundation to collaborate on this significant donation.”
Prince George Motors (FORD) has chosen to donate $25,000 to Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to be used to support better patient outcomes in the north! The funds will be directed to Spirit of the North’s latest capital campaign that will see a dedicated maternal operating room at UHNBC. Recognizing that UHNBC is the birthing centre for the north with an average of over 1150 births per year, the need to have a dedicated O.R. has been identified as an area of greatest need. This project has a cost of $322,000. Their donation will go a long ways towards making a difference in the overall project.
Thank you Prince George Motors!
“This is an amazing contribution to a great area of concern for surgical patients.” Said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “Emergency and high risk births can’t be planned, but when they arise they can affect many other areas of service in the surgical department. This is an area that has been identified by Northern Health as a need and we are doing what we can with donors to see that there is less disruption of surgical services by having one operating room reinstated and dedicated to maternal patients. It truly is a win-win for all patients.”
Photo credit for the picture: Brent Braaten
Congratulations to Lauralee Cruch, the first recipient of the Emery and Geraldine Cawsey Nursing Education Fund! Lauralee will be going into her fourth year of the Bachelors Degree of Science in Nursing (BSN) program this year.
Nursing has been her lifelong dream and once graduated, she plans to stay right here in Prince George to carry out a successful career. Through the generosity of Emery and Geraldine’s gift, Lauralee is one step closer to fulfilling her dream of improving the relationship between healthcare and our community.
At Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation we endeavour to see our donor’s philanthropic wishes realized.
Today was a special day for healthcare in the North!