Health foundation serves region for 30 years

A DAY IN THE LIFE – The Northern Lights Health Foundation

By THERESA WELLS, Connect Contributor

The Northern Lights Health Foundation team celebrates a draw for the Jeremy Snook Memorial Car Raffle in July. The winner of the car, Dan Soupal and his family, were joined by Brian and Gail Snook, Susanne Chaffey and Paul Taylor of the NLHF. The car raffle sold out in less than three weeks and raised $97,000 for enhancements to Palliative Care at the Health Centre. SUPPLIED PHOTO.

The Northern Lights Health Foundation team celebrates a draw for the Jeremy Snook Memorial Car Raffle in July. The winner of the car, Dan Soupal and his family, were joined by Brian and Gail Snook, Susanne Chaffey and Paul Taylor of the NLHF. The car raffle sold out in less than three weeks and raised $97,000 for enhancements to Palliative Care at the Health Centre. SUPPLIED PHOTO.

At some point every resident in the Wood Buffalo region will need to access health care services in our community. For some this may be in relation to minor health issues, while for others it may be more critical. Fortunately for residents, the Northern Lights Health Foundation (NLHF) exists to support health care services in Wood Buffalo.

In 1985, the NLHF was established as the lead health care fundraising body and exists to raise funds, which support upgrades and improvements to health care services throughout our region. The foundation’s primary objective is to raise funds for support of the purchase for medical equipment, programs and services that enhance health care in Wood Buffalo. For the past 30 years, the NLHF has funded a wide variety of medical equipment, programs and services to enhance health care.

This includes bringing entirely new services, such as funding the region’s first-ever MRI machine in 2005, a remarkable achievement that has provided significant benefit to many residents and their families.

Most recently, the foundation granted over $1.6 million to Alberta Health Services to fund a wide variety of local health care needs including:

• Equipment vital to the continued success and growth of the Operating Room’s new Spinal Surgery Program.
• A much-needed unit expansion for Maternal Child.
• A new telehealth nursery project in partnership with the Stollery Children’s Hospital, which will bring specialized services for children not previously available in our region.
• A microscope which has played an instrumental role in bringing a new pathologist to our community.

While the primary goal of NLHF continues to be raising funds in support of health care in our community, it continues to grow as an organization and the dedicated team of staff members is continuously taking on new opportunities to make a difference in the health care services available in the Wood Buffalo region.

The foundation raises funds primarily through major gifts, annual giving, community fundraisers and the annual Signature Events: the Festival of Trees and Spring Fling. The 2015 Festival of Trees is taking place November 20 to November 22 at MacDonald Island Park’s Suncor Community Leisure Centre.

Those interested can visit http://www.northernlightshealthfoundation.ca/festival-of-trees.htm for a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets to support the events and contribute to the Northern Lights Health Foundation continued work in supporting health care services in our region.

– Connect Weekly –