partnership changes face of men’s health in edmonton
prostate health campaign
The successful completion of the $30 million Campaign for Prostate Health marked a major milestone for men’s health in Edmonton and central Alberta where, as in the rest of Canada, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Through this campaign local volunteer leaders and donors hope to change that statistic − for the better. The five-year campaign took tireless effort by an outstanding group of community leaders who formed the cornerstone of a three-way partnership that included the University Hospital Foundation, the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation and the Alberta Cancer Foundation. “The success of the $30 million Campaign for Prostate Health would not have been possible without the dedicated support of our volunteers and donors,” says Irving Kipnes, one of the key leaders of the campaign, a Foundation trustee and a survivor of prostate cancer. “Through the campaign we have delivered on our promise − connecting donors in meaningful ways to save lives.”
C.J. Woods, FCA, celebrated the naming of the new C.J. Woods Prostate Health Clinic with the Honourable Fred Horne, Minister of Health (left), and Dr. Chris Eagle, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Health Services (right).
One-third of the $30 million raised will support the creation of a specialized Prostate Health Clinic as part of a consolidated urology centre in the new Edmonton Clinic at the University of Alberta Hospital. The clinic has been named for C.J. Woods, a lead donor to the campaign and a University Hospital Foundation trustee who played an integral leadership role in the campaign’s success.
Irving Kipnes, University Hospital Foundation trustee and Prostate Campaign Co-Chair
“This campaign is already impacting the diagnosis and treatment of men in our community; and its impact will continue to grow when the C.J. Woods Prostate Health Clinic opens, as it will serve as the focus of comprehensive, patient-focused research.”
Through the consolidation of prostate health services, the new clinic will provide rapid access to all prostate disease diagnostic and treatment services for men in central and northern Alberta. Critical wait times will be cut. Rapid referral processes will mean that men who need testing and treatment will be assessed and treated sooner. Funds raised early in the Campaign purchased the most technically advanced surgical robot available, the DaVinci Robotic Surgery System, for the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the University of Alberta Hospital. This technology has been used 316 times in the past year, making Edmonton the busiest sector in Canada for robotic surgery. The Campaign for Prostate Health will also support vital research initiatives, including the Frank and Carla Sojonky Chair in Prostate Cancer Research at the University of Alberta, and the Prostate Health Innovation and Research Fund. The latter will support men’s health advancements and innovations related to diagnosis, treatment, education and research at the new C.J. Woods Prostate Health Clinic.
UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL FOUNDATION ANNUAL REPORT 2011 / 2012