TELUS’S Reach Extends to Kids Across BC

TELUS’S Reach Extends to Kids Across BC

TELUS team members and retirees are living up to their promise to customers, “we give where we live.”®

With their support of $5 million to Child Health BC through the Campaign for BC Children, TELUS is helping to develop the infrastructure and capacity of Telehealth, which uses technology to connect patient families and caregivers across the province with health professionals at BC Children’s Hospital.

Through Telehealth, many patients can receive the care they need from BC Children’s specialists without making a trip to the hospital, saving families – particularly those who live outside of Greater Vancouver – the stress and cost associated with travelling. Dr. Erik Skarsgard, chief of Surgery at BC Children’s, is one of many physicians who uses Telehealth.

“There’s a huge benefit for families,” he says. “I’m excited by the prospect of seeing Telehealth integrated into other surgical disciplines, in support of our mandate to provide high-quality, patient-centred care to the children and families of BC.”

In addition, TELUS recently committed its generosity to another innovation in children’s health care, the Responsive Intersectoral Child/Community Health Education and Research (RICHER) Initiative. It serves vulnerable children and families in Vancouver’s inner-city neighbourhoods, providing them with integrated health care through community clinics, local schools and social services.

RICHER’s model addresses families’ barriers to care due to poverty and helps restore their trust in the system, ensuring better health outcomes.

By supporting health care programs like RICHER and by implementing innovative technologies to transform health care and health management, TELUS is changing the landscape for clinicians, families and children across the province and building brighter, healthier communities for future generations. Thank you, TELUS!

Whitecaps’ commitment captures spirit of play

Vancouver Whitecaps FC has committed $1 million to BC Children’s Hospital – and the team can thank its fans for all the inspiration.

“We are deeply grateful to Vancouver Whitecaps FC for this commitment,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The lives of so many children and families from across BC and the Yukon will change for the better as a result of this gift. This five-year partnership shows that Whitecaps FC is committed to making a difference today and in the years to come.”

With this generous contribution, a Whitecaps FC- themed playroom on the sixth floor of the new Teck Acute Care Centre, the heart of the new BC Children’s Hospital, is scheduled to open in 2017. It will enhance and promote the healing of children recovering from surgery and other lifesaving treatments.

Proceeds raised from 50/50 ticket sales through this year's matches will also be used to purchase anesthesia monitors to support the BC Children’s Hospital surgeons who perform 9,000 procedures to treat children with heart defects, kidney disease, cancer, epilepsy and many other conditions each year.

“We are thrilled to be entering into a long-term partnership with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. “This new partnership enables us to create a legacy. Together with our fans, we look forward to enriching the lives of patients treated at the hospital.”

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