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CLICK brings BC Children’s patients the power of play

Posted on 19/09/2016 12:00am

CLICK brings Children’s Hospital patients the power of play with help from Microsoft Canada and Children’s Miracle Network
Interactive computer technology keeps kids connected during hospital stays

VANCOUVER, September 19, 2016 - Through its partnership with Microsoft Canada and Children’s Miracle Network, BC Children’s Hospital has launched the Child Life Interactive Computers for Kids (CLICK) program.  CLICK is designed to improve the patient experience through the power of play and connectivity to the outside world.

“Thanks to Microsoft, the CLICK program now provides more of our patients the opportunity to remain connected to their interests, friends and family, as well as much needed distraction from the serious conditions that brought them to the hospital.” said Teri Nicholas, President and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.  “The strength of this program lies in both the activity options available to children of all ages and the specialist provided by CLICK funding, which helps patients use the technology to its full potential.”

CLICK gives hospitalized children access to technology, providing them with a distraction and reassurance while reducing their anxiety and stress.  The program encourages children and youth to stay connected and feel empowered while making technology affordable and accessible for families while at the hospital. To ensure everyone can take advantage of the technology, Microsoft Canada also funds a Child Life Specialist to teach the children and their parents how to use it effectively.

“Technology can enhance a child’s experience and provide a sense of normalcy for children while at the hospital,” said Janet Kennedy, President of Microsoft Canada, who attended BC Children’s Hospital to mark the contribution.  “CLICK is a program we strongly believe in. It is an important piece of our commitment to young people.”

Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President and leader of Microsoft Philanthropies, joined Janet Kennedy this morning at the hospital.  “This hospital does amazing work supporting the children of British Columbia and it’s our honour to play a role in helping them serve their patients,” said Snapp. “Every child deserves the benefits, and the fun, that technology offers.”

"Over the past 13 years, Microsoft Canada has been supporting our member hospitals through truly unique and innovative initiatives,” says Adam Starkman, Chief Development Officer, Children’s Miracle Network Canada. “Through the evolution of technology, together with the development of the CLICK program, sick and injured children are receiving the treatments they need to help them get to their best selves, while allowing them to stay connected to their communities."

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Fast Facts

Since its first hospital launch in 2005, Microsoft Canada has provided over $1.85 million to support the implementation of the CLICK program at six other pediatric centres in Canada:

  1. The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Ontario)
  2. Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (Ottawa, Ontario)
  3. Centre Hospitalier Universitaire du Quebec (Quebec City, Quebec)
  4. Alberta Children's Hospital (Calgary, Alberta)
  5. IWK Health Centre (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  6. McMaster Children's Hospital (Hamilton, Ontario)

Microsoft Canada’s CLICK program donates a variety of technology including:

  • Laptops installed with Skype, HD cameras and the latest software
  • Windows Tablets
  • XBox One and accessories
  • Kinect for XBox 360 Bundles and accessories
  • Projector for group gaming experiences
  • All-in-one desktop computers (touch screen to improve accessibility)

About BC Children’s Hospital

BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute-care hospital dedicated to serving close to one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to BC Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, in consultation with BC Children’s specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 84,000 children were treated at BC Children’s Hospital. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children’s Hospital, its research institute and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. For more information visit www.bcchf.ca and follow @BCCHF on Twitter.

About Children's Miracle Network

Children’s Miracle Network raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay