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Stories of HopeDr. Maria-Beatriz Ospina awarded a Canada Research Chair

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Women's health researcher, Dr. Maria-Beatriz Ospina
Posted on: Jan 11, 2021

WCHRI’s Dr. Maria-Beatriz Ospina has just been named as a new Canadian Research Chair for her work in untangling the complexities of several of the world’s deadliest diseases within perinatal life stages.

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Our Hospital, Our Stories"COVID and I" - Jerrold's Story

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Jerrold Lemko, while in the Royal Alexandra Hospital's ICU.
Posted on: Jan 06, 2021

65-year-old Vegreville town councillor Jerrold Lemko shared the story of his experience with COVID over the holiday season on social media, and continues to share his appreciation for those who saved his life.

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Our Hospital, Our StoriesAn End-of-Year Message of Gratitude from Board Chair Dr. Zaheer Lakhani

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Dr. Lakhani, Board Chair of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation
Posted on: Dec 27, 2020

Dr. Zaheer Lakhani, Board Chair of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, shares our collective appreciation, gratitude and respect for our hospital workers on the front line, leading the fight and giving us all hope—and the donors…

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Our Hospital, Our StoriesA Year-End Letter from President and CEO, Sharlene Rutherford

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Posted on: Dec 23, 2020

In a year laden with changes together we remain resilient.

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Stories of HopeNew Child-Friendly COVID-19 Book Educates Kids and Supports Families

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Posted on: Dec 21, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Liu recently wrote, "Georgie Shark and COVID-19" to explain the pandemic to children. Now, Dr. Liu and a friend, Dr. Malhotra, have donated 200 copies of the book to the Lois Hole Hospital.

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Our Hospital, Our StoriesA Letter from Dr. Ken Stewart, Facility Medical Director of the RAH

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A hallway of the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
Posted on: Dec 16, 2020

Heading into the holiday season, Royal Alexandra Hospital Facility Medical Director Dr. Ken Stewart expresses his wishes for everyone to stay safe and healthy, and to ask for your support as we continue our battle with COVID-19.

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Our Hospital, Our StoriesAn Understated Danger for Alberta’s Young (Non-Smoking) Women: Lung Cancer

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Lindsay Durstling
Posted on: Dec 14, 2020

Though Lung Cancer Awareness has a dedicated month, the battle is year-round. 32-year-old Lindsay Durstling wanted to raise awareness about how even young, relatively healthy, non-smoking women like herself can contract lung cancer.

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Our Hospital, Our StoriesWCHF President Jennifer Bernard wins Inclusion Vanguard Award

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WCHF President, Jennifer Bernard
Posted on: Dec 07, 2020

In recognition of her passionate commitment to advancing equity, inclusion and diversity, the Women’s College Hospital Foundation’s Jennifer Bernard has been honoured with the 2020 Inclusion Vanguard Award.

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Stories of HopeOsteoporosis Month: Shining light on a ‘silent thief’

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Dr. Nese Yuksel
Posted on: Nov 30, 2020

In honour of Osteoporosis Month, we sat down (virtually) with pharmacist and osteoporosis expert Dr. Nese Yuksel to better understand the disease and the experience of those who suffer from it.

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Stories of HopeNational Philanthropy Day Nominees: Nathaniel “Baby Nugget” Clark’s Family

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Megan and Peter sitting in a chair together, holding their son Nathaniel
Posted on: Nov 20, 2020

Celebrating our 2020 nominees: Megan Kheong and Peter Clark who lost their son Nathaniel “Baby Nugget” Clark. They decided to honour his memory by raising support for another Cuddle Cot to allow others to spend more time with…

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Our Hospital, Our StoriesThird Annual “Give a Breath” 5k Will Return for 2021

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Posted on: Nov 19, 2020

In 2020, the Give a Breath walk/run—led by Founder Tim Monds and his family—was held virtually for the first time. It succeeded in raising $30,545 in support of lung cancer research. For its third year, we are hoping to go even…

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Our Hospital, Our StoriesMRT Week: Supporting Canada’s Medical Radiation Technologists

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Five team members from the Diagnostic Imaging department, wearing scrubs and masks.
Posted on: Nov 10, 2020

Diagnostic Imaging is often the first department patients visit in order to gain info on their situation and identify the best path of treatment. MRT Week is a week to share appreciation for our Medical Radiation Technologists across…

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Stories of HopeProudly Supporting WCHRI’s 13th Annual Research Day - Nov 4th

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Research Day's keynote presenter.
Posted on: Nov 04, 2020

Every year the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) spends a day sharing its latest research in women’s health. This year’s first-ever virtual version on November 4th offered attendees a new way to engage with…

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Our Hospital, Our StoriesFirst Virtual Speaking of Health Series Sells Out!

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Speaking of Health logo with a 'sold out' sign
Posted on: Nov 03, 2020

The first-ever Speaking of Health virtual lecture "Managing Our Mental Health in Uncertain Times" was a massive success, selling out all 500 registration spots! Thank you to those who attended and made this special program a reality.

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Stories of HopeCICW: Our Little Miracle

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

A tiny baby hooked up to multiple tubes, wearing a white hat that says
Posted on: Oct 28, 2020

Canadian Intensive Care Week is October 25-31. Sam Hodgins shares the story of her daughter’s premature birth and resulting 117-day stay in the NICU. Sam wanted to shine a light on the world of “micro-preemies” and give other…

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Our Hospital, Our StoriesCICW: Headed Home to Hinton

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Travis Caplette along with his wife and daughter.
Posted on: Oct 26, 2020

Canadian Intensive Care Week is Oct 25-31. ICU patient Travis Caplette wished to share his appreciation with the nurses and staff who treated him at the Royal Alex and to let others know to "have faith in the hospital and the staff.…

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Our Hospital, Our StoriesSpeaking of Health free lecture series returns virtually Oct 29th

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Posted on: Oct 22, 2020

Speaking of Health is a lecture series sponsored by The Robbins Foundation Canada. The fall 2020 edition, Oct 29th at 7 PM MST, will feature comedian Jessica Holmes, infectious diseases expert Dr. Lynora Saxinger and the Foundation’s…

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Stories of HopeJoin us for BRA Day on October 21st

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Posted on: Oct 15, 2020

Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day is an annual event that provides credible, unbiased information about breast reconstruction as a result of breast cancer. Part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this year's event is virtual.

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Stories of HopeAnnual Baby Memorial to be held October 18th

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A teddy bear memento.
Posted on: Oct 13, 2020

In honour of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Program are once again organizing the “Remembering Our Losses” memorial for parents who have…

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Stories of HopeOctober is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Posted on: Oct 08, 2020

In recognition of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, Ryan and Chantal Denis share the story of their loss as well as the care and support they received along the way.

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