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our hospital, our stories Support Better Access to Mental Health this Giving Tuesday

Royal Alex

The season of giving and getting has officially begun with the arrival of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

This year make an impact while buying a gift. Honour a loved one with a donation that will improve access to mental health ...

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our hospital, our stories Progress - The 2017-18 Annual Report

Royal Alex

Progress: it’s the movement towards a goal. It means to grow or develop. And it describes the momentum behind the health care accomplishments you have enabled. Your gifts to the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation are behind so much of the ...

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our hospital, our stories Patient to Nurse to Mental Health Advocate

Royal Alex

Mental health advocate Blake Loates has experienced all sides of the mental health system - as a patient, a psychiatric nurse and now as an advocate for others. Blake shares her struggle with mental health and her excitement about how ...

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stories with vision Beyond the Call of Duty

Eye Institute

For nearly a decade, Constable Michael Jaszczyszyn has been a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer.

For Michael, like many who work in protection, his job is much more than a nine-to-five role; his job is a huge part of who ...

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our hospital, our stories A New Neighbourhood - A Warming Bus Update

Royal Alex

Donors to the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation made a $61,500 gift possible to put Boyle Street's Winter Warming Bus back on the road this past winter. The bus' main goal is to enable survival during the frigid winter months ...

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stories of hope Mission Possible

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Thanks to collaboration, cooperation, and a lot of patience, the dream for research capacity is realized at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.

Research today shapes treatment tomorrow.

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our hospital, our stories Leading With Legacy

Royal Alex

After the Royal Alexandra Hospital gave the Nakatsui family peace of mind, they gave back. Following in Kasey Kozak's footsteps, Melanie and Thomas Nakatsui have also decided to leave a gift for the Royal Alexandra Hospital in their will.

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our hospital, our stories An Incredible Legacy

Royal Alex

For more than 40 years, Mary Anne Komaran made it her mission to help those who needed it the most, not only did Mary Anne give her time, she also left an incredible legacy when she passed away - a ...

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our hospital, our stories One Gift Inspires Another

Royal Alex

When Kasey Kozak shared the story of his bequest plans with the donor community of Royal Alexandra Hospital, he didn’t know how many people’s lives he would touch.

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stories of hope Improving Bereavement Program and Policies for Indigenous Women

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Dr. Vera Caine and research assistant, Roxanne Tootoosis examined the experience of Indigenous women who have faced perinatal loss. Dr. Caine, sought to address how health care practices, bereavement programs and policies can be improved for Indigenous women that have ...

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stories of hope Reducing the Stress of Natural Disasters on Pregnant Women

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

The Fort McMurray fire in 2016 is the costliest disaster in Canadian history, but the stress of the fire and evacuation could have had an extra adverse outcome for women who were pregnant during the fire and evacuation.

Dr. David Olson's ...

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stories of hope Managing More Than Menopause Symptoms

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Menopause research isn’t typically covered in the news. It’s also not the most popular topic of conversation. Some women move menopause into the background of their lives—it’s a problem for another day, until that day comes and they are not ...

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stories of hope Microscopic Solutions for Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

The Lois Hole Hospital for Women's Sawin-Baldwin Chair in Ovarian Cancer focuses on the activity of a protein called Nodal. This protein is active in a variety of cancers and Dr. Postovit thinks it might be the key to treating ...

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stories of hope The Not So Sweet Consequences of Sugary Treats During Pregnancy

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

A team of WCHRI researchers have investigated the causes and consequences of women eating more sugary treats during pregnancy, with the goal of understanding why pregnant women consumed more sugar and how that affected the health of the mother and ...

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our hospital, our stories Celebrate, Inspire, Embolden—Dr. Kathryn Dong Celebrated as One of Global News’ Woman of Vision

Royal Alex

We’ve known for years that Dr. Dong is a woman with a vision for change. Now the entire Edmonton community will hear why Dr. Kathryn Dong is truly a Woman of Vision.

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our hospital, our stories Dianne's Story - Help Bring a PET/CT Scanner to the Alex

Royal Alex

Dianne McMurray, Director of the Diagnostic Imaging department at the Royal Alex spent her mother’s day this year as a mom, but without her own mom to celebrate. Though no one will ever know for sure, Dianne can’t help but ...

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stories of hope Carry You With Me

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

A donation to the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation comes full circle through an inspiring donor connection to a patient from another city. Learn how the Adam Burkholder Memorial Fund is helping families of the Lois Hole Hospital for Women through ...

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stories of hope Heartache and Healing Intertwined

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Read how one family of women struck by Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) relies on the expertise and research happening now at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.

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stories with heart CK Hui Stair Challenge 2018

CK Hui

The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation and the CK Hui Heart Centre celebrated this February's Heart Month in red style. Recap all the events and find out who won the 2018 CK Hui Stair Challenge!

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our hospital, our stories The Difference Between Care and Caring II - Above and Beyond for All

Royal Alex

The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation is pleased to share a compelling new video that showcases the lifesaving care that happens each day at the Royal Alex. Titled Above and Beyond for All, this is the second video in our Care ...

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our hospital, our stories Ahead of the Curve Care Available at the Royal Alex Thanks to Our Donors

Royal Alex

Listen as CBC Edmonton AM host Mark Connolly discovers that the care being offered at the Royal Alex was ready to respond when the increasing opioid crisis in northern Alberta began through the creation of a donor-funded initiative, the Inner ...

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stories of hope It Isn't Just Another Bad Day

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Dr. Dawn Kingston the Lois Hole Hospital for Women's Cross-Provincial Chair in Perinatal Mental Health shares her views on perinatal depression and anxiety and why they need to be acknowledged and taken seriously.

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stories of hope Dealing with Perinatal Loss

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

The loss of a pregnancy or a baby is an unimaginably heartbreaking event. No matter the length of your pregnancy or the age of your baby, it is a life-changing experience. Learn from Lois Hole Hospital for Women's Regional Bereavement ...

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stories with heart Saving lives inside and out of work

CK Hui

Linda Kvill, Study Coordinator for the CK Hui Heart Centre’s Cardiology Research team, performing Life-Saving skills outside the hospital.

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stories of hope A Month of Gratitude

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

At the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, we are always in the mood to say thank you, but there is no time of year that is truer than the month of November during our Giving Tuesday campaign. This year's campaign focused ...

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our hospital, our stories Inspired by History, Leading for the Future

Royal Alex

Foundation Director Paul Lanni Named One of Avenue Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40.

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stories of hope How Beautiful Birth Can Be

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Already a mother of two, Kim Laakso was well prepared for the arrival of a child that would make their family a party of five. Even though her original birth plan fell through her care team at the Lois Hole ...

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stories with heart Help at Home

CK Hui

Heart pain or pain in the chest is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately. For residents of the Enoch reserve heart or chest pain use to mean a trip to Edmonton anytime they were having issues. Now thanks ...

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our hospital, our stories Doctor, Interrupted

Royal Alex

As an emergency room physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital since 1978 and, later in 1994 as Chief of Emergency, I had seen everything in the ER, or at least I thought I had until the day I became a ...

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our hospital, our stories A Christmas to Remember

Royal Alex

It’s been said that the experiences of our childhood shape us for a lifetime. An emergency surgery that I required, as a young girl, continues to teach me lessons today, now that I am a mother myself.

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our hospital, our stories By the Heart, By the Numbers - The 2016-17 Annual Report

Royal Alex

Each day at the Royal Alexandra Hospital hearts and minds are touched by the incredible patient-centred care that happens here. Care and caring are certainly alive and well.

The pages that follow share a small sample of the stories that unfolded ...

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stories of hope Painting to Remember

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

The loss of a baby, whether it occurs at ten weeks or full term, can bring a family pain beyond words. Thanks to a local group of activated women when a family leaves the Lois Hole Hospital for Women without ...

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our hospital, our stories Impact Report 2017

Royal Alex

This new report showcases the difference that donor dollars have made to the Royal Alexandra Hospital and its medical centres of excellence the past year.

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our hospital, our stories Honour Roll 2017 - A Celebration of our Donors

Royal Alex

Honour Roll is a celebration of community support of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation.

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stories of hope More Than Words Can Say

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

The Lois Hole Hospital for Women is a centre of medical excellence with a special focus on high-risk pregnancy, labour, and delivery. High-risk pregnancy means there may be potential for early birth or a health risk to the baby. When ...

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our hospital, our stories A Network of Legacies

Royal Alex

Mary Anne Komaran, Kasey Kozak, and Thomas and Melanie Nakatsui have all generously made the decision to give a gift to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in the form of a bequest. A bequest is ...

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our hospital, our stories Crescendo - Rising Up for Mental Health

Royal Alex

John Cameron, Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation Director and President of John Cameron Entertainment, made his dream a reality through the inaugural Crescendo concert. The event, the first in a string of five with plans to raise $5 million for mental ...

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our hospital, our stories Bringing Research to the Forefront

Royal Alex

Elaine Hyshka, the Inner City Health and Wellness Program (ICHWP) Scientific Director and University of Alberta Professor – School of Public Health, has received the Community Scholar Award from the University of Alberta for her research supporting supervised injection sites. ...

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our hospital, our stories Royal Bank of Canada Invests in the Mental Health of Edmonton's Youth

Royal Alex

We're excited to announce that the Mental Health Foundation and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation will receive $50,000 from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) to support ACCESS Open Minds.

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stories with vision STOP Glaucoma in Sub-Saharan Africa

Eye Institute

Dr. Karim Damji and his team have their sights set on enhancing awareness, detection, management, and capacity for glaucoma care.

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stories of hope CrossFit Athletes show Feats of Strength for Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Capital City Athletics in Edmonton hosts Saturday fundraising event for women’s health

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stories of hope Running for Mental Health

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Two all-female phys-ed classes at Paul Kane High School are participating in the Shoppers Love. You. Run for It program. The Run for It program focuses on mental health and is taking place at high schools across Canada.

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stories of hope Donor Spotlight - A Story of Antepartum and Postpartum Anxiety

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

When Teresa Bolinski, COO of Sweet {Jolie} – an Edmonton based women’s clothing boutique – began the journey of motherhood she was filled with anxiety and fear like so many other women. Teresa has shared her story to help empower ...

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stories of hope All Ages, All Stages

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Women are the tie that binds, the glue that holds, and the connection that keeps friends and families together. Like the women it supports the Lois Hole Hospital for Women is always there. We invite women from across Alberta to ...

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stories of hope Learning from Tragedy

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Not even one year after a ferocious wildfire forced nearly 90,000 residents to flee Fort McMurray, donors to the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, in support of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, are providing a near instantaneous ability to ...

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stories with heart Just a Heartbeat Away

CK Hui

CK Hui Heart Centre patient is grateful to get back to his favourite place for a stroll.

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our hospital, our stories Lottery Winner Grateful for the Gift of Time

Royal Alex

When Anna Letnick won the WinWin 50 Lottery, it meant more than just a windfall of cash. Anna and her family also won the precious gift of time.

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our hospital, our stories Generosity Inspires Generosity

Royal Alex

Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation Committee Member pays it forward.

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our hospital, our stories Our Priorities: Patient Privacy, Safety, and Dignity

Royal Alex

Safe acute patient care must be a priority for the Alberta Government. Read more about what is at risk at the Royal Alexandra Hospital due to ageing infrastructure.

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our hospital, our stories Donor Support Leads the Way to a New Model of Care for Edmonton’s Most Vulnerable

Royal Alex

The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation’s $4.25-million campaign for Inner City Health and Wellness received resounding support from individuals and organizations that were inspired and gave generously.

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our hospital, our stories Your Support, Your Impact - Report to the Community 2016

Royal Alex

Celebrating a year of outstanding community support for the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

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our hospital, our stories Behind the Scenes: Research Provides Valuable Insights Into Inner City Healthcare

Royal Alex

As the Royal Alexandra Hospital's Addiction Recovery and Community Health team continues to treat patients, behind the scenes, dedicated researchers are gathering data which is also a critical component to success.

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stories of hope The Difference a Day Can Make

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Each year as November approaches the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation team begins to think about which of the many important causes to focus on for Giving Tuesday. This year the choice was simple: Pregnancy Pathways. After putting the call out ...

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stories with vision A Wonderful Donation

Eye Institute

The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation is always pleased to check the mail, since it usually contains donations from near and far, and from people of all walks of life. We were particularly pleased to receive a donation from a generous ...

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stories of hope A Flood of Relief

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Urinary incontinence sends women rushing to the bathroom. But help is here.

~ By Colleen Biondi

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stories with heart Dancing Strong

CK Hui

I was dancing at a family wedding and I began to feel very tired. I was shocked when my doctor told me I had four blockages in my heart.

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stories of hope Rule of Thirds

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Three academic chairs at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women work collaboratively and tirelessly to take research from the lab bench to where it matters – the bedside.

~ written by Lyndsie Bourgon

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stories of hope Shining a Light Onto the Darkness

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Past board member, Kari Ericksen, continues to make an impact at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Lois Hole Hospital for Women with her advocacy for women's mental health.

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stories of hope You Can Get Better and Life Can Be Really, Really Good

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

After being part of a ground-breaking research study at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, Lana Berry has an important message to share with women across the province "You can get better"

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our hospital, our stories Bridging the Gap: Indigenous Health at the Royal Alex

Royal Alex

The Royal Alexandra Hospital is proud to serve a broad demographic of patients, from the inner city communities of Edmonton to the vast landscape of Northern Canada. One demographic that the Royal Alex is providing specialized patient care for is ...

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our hospital, our stories Lifting Spirits with Music

Royal Alex

“Everyone likes music,” says Dave. “Especially people who are in the hospital and maybe need a few minutes of something nice to brighten their day.”

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our hospital, our stories Peer Support Worker Has Walked a Mile in His Clients’ Shoes

Royal Alex

When Rob Gurney meets patients at the Royal Alexandra Hospital who are lonely, living on the streets, addicted, and have nowhere else to turn, he is in a unique position to help.

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our hospital, our stories Donor to Royal Alexandra Hospital celebrates 100th Birthday

Royal Alex

Antoinette Marchand says time giving back to others is always time well spent.

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our hospital, our stories Honour Roll 2016 - A Celebration of our Donors

Royal Alex

Celebrating incredible community support for the Royal Alexandra Hospital, now available in a new, digital version.

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stories of hope When Weeding the Garden is Feeding the Soul

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Averton employee Ken Watkins reflects upon a previous time at the Royal Alex and shares why he is so happy to be able to give back.

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our hospital, our stories From Doctor to Patient to Advocate

Royal Alex

Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation Director is Raising Awareness for Brain Injuries

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stories with vision Rare Condition, Valuable Treatment

Eye Institute

One of the Eye Institute of Alberta’s smallest patients is precious for more than one reason.

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stories with vision "They Gave Me My Life Back"

Eye Institute

For the past seven years, Charrito Hall thought her "normal" life had ended.

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stories of hope Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation Celebrates Donors of a Different Kind

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

When we say community support builds great hospitals―we’re most often referring to the advancements in care as a result of philanthropy in our community.

Now, donations of a different kind are coming to the Lois Hole Hospital for Women ― still ...

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stories of hope Soft Spot for Spring

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

With the first day of spring upon us "Soft Spot" continues to draw attention with a year round nod to spring at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.

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stories of hope Women’s Health Takes Flight Thanks to Elevate Aviation

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Beyond the difference that Elevate Aviation is making for women in the aviation and aerospace industries, they are now making a difference in the healthcare for women across northern Alberta through their support of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation and ...

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our hospital, our stories CAMIS: Training the Next Generation of Surgeons

Royal Alex

The Royal Alexandra Hospital is a leader in many areas of healthcare and health learning. One of the many ways that the Royal Alex is advancing healthcare in our province is by taking a lead role in Minimally Invasive Surgery ...

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stories with heart Technology and Care Combine for Gift of a Lifetime

CK Hui

Pete Ward wasn’t completely surprised when he suffered his first heart attack.

“With a history of heart disease in my family, you kind of feel like the grim reaper is always hanging around,” says Pete with a good-natured chuckle.

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stories of hope Royalty and Rubber Galoshes

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

In honour of International Women's Day take a moment to meet the lady behind the name of the Lois Hole Hospital for Women and find out why how she managed to unite and delight Albertans.

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our hospital, our stories Every Great Love Starts with a Great Story

Royal Alex

The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation and Royal Alexandra Hospital together created this touching and inspiring video, The Difference Between Care and Caring based on the true story of patients, John and Angela Molella.

The viral video has been viewed over ...

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stories with heart Maternal Heart Health Program Helps Mothers-To-Be

CK Hui

Expecting mothers need to watch their health, but what happens when a woman’s heart is “beating for two” and heart problems arise?

Thanks to the Maternal Heart Health Program at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, mothers with pregnancy-related heart complications ...

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stories of hope No Footprint Too Small

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

A family's loss leads to an inspirational campaign in support of the Perinatal Bereavement Program at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.

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stories of hope Committed to Women's Health

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

One of the best ways to describe the wide range of care provided at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women is all ages, all stages. And it is perhaps with the same sentiment that one could describe Shoppers Drug Mart's ...

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our hospital, our stories Join the giving movement this Giving Tuesday

Royal Alex

After the spending of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, give back to your community and be a part of the global giving movement on Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2015.

Support your community and the Inner City Health and Wellness Program ...

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stories of hope Tell Us Your Story

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Behind every contribution there is a story. Share yours with us!

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stories of hope New Family Care Unit Open at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Family Care Unit offers an innovative approach to family focused care at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.

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stories with vision Getting Back to Regular Life

Eye Institute

Marvin Katz loves to drive, whether it’s the bus he drives for a living or the motorcycle he rides for fun. Two and a half years ago, being behind the wheel was suddenly in jeopardy.

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stories of hope An Unwelcome Inheritance

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

The Allard Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Clinic helps families piece together the mystery of potentially deadly genetic markers.

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stories of hope Women and Children First

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Women and children have long been overlooked and underfunded when it comes to health research. That fact was the driving force behind the 2006 genesis of WCHRI.

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stories of hope Pathologists: The Sherlock Holmes of Medicine

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Dr. Nadia Giannakopoulos is making strides in women's cancer research as one of two recruits supported by the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) that is funded in part by the generous supporters of the Lois Hole Hospital for ...

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stories of hope Women Deserve da Vinci

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

In December 2014, Rhonda, 25 years old at the time, received the shocking news that she had cervical cancer. The diagnosis shook her entire family, especially as they had lost a relative to bladder cancer only months prior...

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stories with heart Leading Gifts, Leading Technology

CK Hui

The latest technology to make a difference in patient care at the CK Hui Heart Centre is Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS). IVUS sends ultrasound waves through tiny catheters that have been inserted into a patient’s coronary arteries. These ultrasound waves show ...

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