F OU ND A TI O N SUMMER 2016
LIFE AFTER AN
In This Issue: SURVEY SAYS...
A police officer who nearly lost his life in 1976 credits Hotel Dieu Hospital for improving his quality of life in retirement. Alan Lusk of Bancroft is grateful for the high quality of care here in Kingston. The 67-year-old has been a patient in the Chronic Pain Clinic at Hotel Dieu Hospital for nearly two years. When he was 29, Alan was in the early stages of his career as an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer. The day following a massive snowstorm in the Toronto area, Alan was helping a fellow constable on
Highway 401 when he experienced every officer’s worst nightmare. “I vaguely heard somebody yelling something,” explains Alan, “and then I woke up lying on the highway.” Alan had been hit by a car travelling over 80 kilometres per hour. His body was thrown into a parked car with such force that his legs were imprinted on the fender. He Continued on pg. 5...
The results of our donor survey are in! p. 2
MONTHLY GIVING How you can make an even bigger difference. p. 3
YOUR IMPACT What you have funded so far in 2016. p. 6
A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR... Thank you for inspiring the work of our team! Nearly 300 of you responded to a survey that was included with your Spring 2016 Foundation Report. Responses are still arriving in the mail, but University Hospitals Kingston Foundation staff are already using your feedback to improve our service to you. One of our most significant challenges will be striking a balance in areas where there are differing opinions. As an example, we heard from many of you about the frequency of our mailings and the importance of keeping expenses low, while other respondents suggested it would be nice to receive give-aways. Denise Cumming, UHKF Executive Director
Ninety-two per cent of respondents report they are satisfied or very satisfied with their donor experience, but we want to change the experience for the one per cent that is not satisfied and the balance who are neutral.
YOU MADE IT HAPPEN...
Itâ€™s safe to say that you will see more content about the things that interest you: like cancer, cardiac care, emergency care, aging-related treatments, surgery, and diagnostics.
Your contributions have helped UHKF raise $15.6 million in the 2015/2016 fiscal year, making an incredible difference in the care of people from across the region. Audited financial results will be available soon at www.uhkf.ca.
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Your commitment coupled with the passion and expertise of the people working in the Kingston hospitals is an extraordinary combination. Thank you for all you do!
THE EASIEST WAY TO GIVE How you can make your donation have an even bigger impact. Donna Bull is new to University Hospitals Kingston Foundation’s family of monthly supporters but she is certainly not new to supporting the Kingston hospitals. Donna first started contributing to the hospitals 30 years ago this June as an expression of gratitude for the care her mother received during two hip replacement surgeries. “Those surgeries gave my mother her life back. She was in her mid-80s when she had her hips replaced. I was so glad to have my mother taken care of. She lived to be 105 years old!” Donna has also received care at Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and Providence Care over the years. After many years of generously supporting specific funds and pieces of equipment, Donna made the decision to start making a monthly gift as an easy and convenient way to ensure her gift supports all the Kingston hospitals all year long. “I want to continue contributing to equipment upgrades for use by our dedicated caregivers. We are blessed to have access to the kind of exceptional care we have here in Kingston. We are just so fortunate.” Monthly recurring gifts are a safe and convenient way to show your support for the Kingston hospitals. By setting up an automated monthly gift, you also lower the overhead costs for UHKF which ensures your gift has an even greater impact. Monthly donations add up over time and provide our hospital organizations with long-term, reliable income. It’s a healthy option for us all. You can join Donna and the growing family of monthly supporters of the Kingston hospitals by calling us at 613-549-5452 or by visiting www.uhkf.ca.
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THREE REASONS TO START GIVING MONTHLY: Monthly gifts add up quickly. Just $25 per month adds up to $300 in a year!
Monthly giving reduces administrative costs, so your gifts have an even bigger impact!
It’s easy, convenient, and safe to set up. Just call us or visit uhkf.ca!
time with residents. She says this is her gift from the heart, as she loves working in geriatrics. Pamela says it was easy to set up a bequest in support of the hospitals through their Wills. “We found the planning was actually quite a relief. We know now that things will be the way we want. There’s a sense of peace about that,” she says.
A LEGACY OF LOVE Pamela and Rex Welbourn support a future of care. Planned giving is one of the many ways that Pamela and Rex Welbourn are giving back to the community they chose as home 12 years ago.
surgery and physical rehabilitation, they have had a positive journey with the care provided in Kingston’s hospitals.
They are leaving a gift in their Wills to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation in honour of the care they have been provided since 2004. From cardiac rehabilitation to orthopedic
The Welbourns also give through an annual donation to be used where the hospitals most need it. Pamela is also a dedicated volunteer at Providence Manor, where she enjoys spending
You too can give back to the community by supporting the Kingston hospitals. Contact Zoë MacKenzie to discuss how you can leave a legacy by calling 613-5496666 ext. 4953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch the Welbourn’s story at www.uhkf.ca/welbourn.
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HONOUR your caregiver
(Left) Alan’s 30th birthday, one year after the accident. (Right) Receiving treatment in the Chronic Pain Clinic at Hotel Dieu with Dr. Scott Duggan.
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was rushed to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries where he was in intensive care for a month— the first step on a long road to recovery.
able amount of time for an injury to heal. Close to 30 per cent of Canadians deal with chronic pain on a regular basis.
Once he could return to work, Alan continued his career as an OPP officer until he was 50, when he retired and moved north to Bancroft.
When Alan began exploring treatment he learned about the Chronic Pain Clinic at Hotel Dieu Hospital, where funds raised at UHKF’s recent Leadership Breakfast will support the purchase of equipment for this widelyused clinic.
But, the impact of his accident still lingered, and grew worse as the years went by. “Years later, it’s my neck that’s causing me all my problems,” explains Alan. “Nothing is like this chronic pain.”
Now, Alan travels to Hotel Dieu Hospital from Bancroft every six weeks to receive Lidocaine infusion treatments with Dr. Scott Duggan, significantly reduce his pain and allowing him to live a normal lifestyle.
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts three months or longer than the reason-
You can learn more about Alan’s story at www.uhkf.ca/ chronicpain.
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Many patients feel a connection to a particular staff member or care team during their time in the hospital, and choose to say thank you with a donation. “They’re giving me so much of my life back,” says Alan, who pays tribute to the care he receives through the Honour Your Caregiver program, which provides the caregiver with a certificate in recognition of their hard work. “It’s just a way of saying thank you,” he says. “These great people deserve to be recognized for their work.” Look for pamphlets at each of the Kingston hospitals with more information, or visit www.uhkf. ca/giving/honour-yourcaregiver.
BETTER CARE, THANKS TO YOU We are only a few months into the 2016 fiscal year, but are happy to report that many of your generous donations are already being used to provide great care. Here are a few of the things you have made possible.... The Children’s Outpatient Clinic at Hotel Dieu Hospital has purchased a new procedure table and Geri-chairs to provide comfort to children during procedures like taking blood and applying or removing casts. Comfortable tables and chairs help children feel less anxious during procedures. The Spiritual Health Department at Providence Care has implemented an end-of-life program to show dignity and respect to residents of Providence Manor while they are in their final moments, including a Comfort & Care cart to share with families who are going through a loss. At Kingston General Hospital, the Cancer Centre will be outfitted with iPads to assist with collecting information about patient’s symptoms. Several exciting research projects were also funded, including grants from Breast Cancer Action Kingston, the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation, an estate bequest for five cancer-related research projects, and three additional projects into aging-related health funded by the Women’s Giving Circle.
MEET SOMEONE EXTRAORDINARY Betty Higlett may not spend a lot of time at Providence Care’s St. Mary’s of the Lake anymore - but she dropped by with a gift as a way of saying thanks for her great care. Her donation will help purchase new equipment for Gibson 2 and the rehabilitation gym, and will make a difference for many patients in the future! Betty (left) is pictured with St. Mary’s physiotherapist Linda Lefevere. 55 Rideau Street, Suite 4 Kingston, Ontario, K7K 2Z8 Tel 613.549.5452 Toll-Free 1.866.549.5452 Web uhkf.ca pg. 6 | SUMMER 2016
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