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06.12.2016

Canadians with Arthrogryposis Welcomed at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada to Tailor a Patient-Centered Approach to Care

Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada welcomed 128 patients, past patients and potential patients with arthrogryposis as well as their families on Sunday, December 4 for an arthrogryposis exchange day. Arthrogryposis is a disorder characterized by joint deformities that restrict movement in the hands, feet, spine and/or in other parts of the body. It is considered a rare disease and affects 1 in 3,000 babies. It’s found at birth and means some of the baby’s joints cannot move as much as they should (ex: clubfoot).

Most Canadians born with arthrogryposis are given a gloomy prognosis about their future and their abilities. Since it is a rare disease, chances are that they have never met anyone else with the disease or seen what a fulfilling life they can lead. This is one of the many reasons why Canada Shriners Hospital organized an arthrogryposis exchange day with the support of a grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), the Shriners fraternity and the hospital. Thanks to their support, families from across Canada were able to attend the conference at no cost to them. Our goal for the exchange day was threefold: 1) to create links between the families, 2) to give our patients and their families hope and a more positive outlook on their future, and 3) to discuss which areas they feel Canada Shriners Hospital should prioritize in terms of both research and aiding them in day-to-day living.

During the day, the families had the exceptional opportunity to hear from and interact with experts in the field coming from across Canada and the US as well as inspirational leaders who are leading full and active lives with arthrogryposis. Our gratitude goes out to those experts who participated: Chief of Staff Reggie Hamdy, M.D., Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada; Harold van Bosse, M.D., a world expert on arthrogryposis from Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia; Judith Hall, M.D., University of British Colombia; Bonita Sawatzky, PhD, University of British Colombia and Maureen Donohoe, PT, DPT, PCS, Nemours/Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children, amongst other inspiring speakers. A big thank you to Canada Shriners Hospital clinical researcher Noémi Dahan-Oliel, PhD, who organized the conference.

Many families were also interested to hear from Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli. The Montreal-native and former Canada Shriners Hospital patient is likely the most famous Canadian with arthrogryposis. Despite 16 surgeries to support his legs, hips, spine, and shoulders, Luca has developed his career as a professional dancer by competing and performing in a wide variety of international dance events. He not only headlined at the 2010 Paralympic Opening Ceremonies, he has also appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, The Today Show, America’s Got Talent, Tout le Monde en Parle and Star Académie. Luca not only spoke, but led dance workshops for the children while parents listened to the speakers. With his help, the kids put on a great show at the end of the day, proving that no matter what, everyone can get in the groove.

 

30.11.2016

This #ThankYouThursday We Say THANK YOU! YOU DID IT!

Thanks to you – and Dorel’s matching donation – we raised $11,606.30 - more than twice our goal! Our new digital, programmable physiotherapy bicycle will help thousands of teens from across Canada get back on their feet more quickly and safely. In addition, the bike, as well as all new rehabilitation equipment we’re aiming to purchase, will help us treat more kids and teens – part of our goal at Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada.

Over the past few years, we’ve been seeing an incredible increase in the number of sports injuries, especially knee injuries in teens. This equipment will ensure Canada Shriners Hospital can continue to offer the best pediatric sports medicine care in the country. It will ensure we can keep our promise to help teens like Tom, Annabelle, Mia, My-Sang, Adalia, Anthony (and thousands of others) reach their dreams.

Thank you

29.11.2016

TODAY is #GivingTuesdayCA! Give to Canada Shriners Hospital

Mia’s 15. Her goal? Become goalie for Team Canada. But to make that dream come true, she needs excellent knees. When she injured a knee, she therefore came to Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada, a world expert in pediatric orthopaedics. Mark Burman, M.D., operated and our physiotherapy team has been getting her knee back in shape ever since. Mia is determined: hockey is her life. Canada Shriners Hospital has the experts. But we also need the right equipment. 

Help us buy a $5000 physiotherapy bicycle that 90% of our patients will use – that’s thousands of kids and teens. It will help them get back on their feet more quickly and safely. Donate and your gift will go twice as far as Dorel will match your donation. Help teens like Mia reach their dreams. Donate today, #GivingTuesdayCA: hhttp://shfcmh.convio.net/goto/GivingTuesdayCA

Watch our #GivingTuesdayCA video by clicking here:

https://vimeo.com/193474272

Help us reach our goal! Share our #GivingTuesdayCA campaign! Share on Facebook (facebook.com/ShrinersHospitalsforChildrenCanada) and on Twitter (twitter.com/shrinerscanada).

 

Help make dreams come true!

Thank you!

28.11.2016

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesdayCA!

My-Sang, 15, started gymnastics at age 7 and fell in love. She’d been doing four hours of gymnastics A DAY… until her knee injury.

 

Last March, Paul Martineau, M.D., operated on her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus at Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada – a world leader in pediatric orthopedics. Since, she’s been doing physiotherapy at Canada Shriners Hospital twice a week, despite living one hour away. The goal? Get her knee in great shape to be able to win the provincial gymnastics championships. My-Sang has the drive. Canada Shriners Hospital has the experts. But we also need all the right equipment. You can help. We need a $5000 physiotherapy bicycle that will help hundreds of kids and teens each year like My-Sang get back on their feet more quickly and safely. What’s more, your gift will go twice as far as Dorel will match your donation. Help teens like My-Sang reach their dreams. Donate today or tomorrow, #GivingTuesdayCA. http://shfcmh.convio.net/goto/GivingTuesdayCA

 

Watch our #GivingTuesdayCA video featuring another Canada Shriners Hospital patient, Mia, by clicking here: https://vimeo.com/193305144

 

Help us reach our goal! Share our #GivingTuesdayCA campaign! Share on Facebook (facebook.com/ShrinersHospitalsforChildrenCanada) and on Twitter (twitter.com/shrinerscanada).

15.11.2016

Save the Date! Donate to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada on #GivingTuesdayCA

Save the Date! November 29, 2016

GivingTuesday Countdown

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there’s a day to give to others – Giving Tuesday. This year, we at Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada ask that you give to us. We’re aiming to buy a $5000 high-tech stationary bicycle for our rehabilitation department to help thousands of young patients like Annabelle get back on their feet. What’s more, your donation will go twice as far as Dorel will match your donation! What better way to give before the holidays? Give thousands of children and teens the chance to get back to walking, running and playing their favorite sports. This #GivingTuesdayCA, donate to Canada Shriners Hospital.

 

Between now and Giving Tuesday we’ll be posting patient stories and videos. Learn more about the patients you’re helping this #GivingTuesdayCA by keeping tabs on this web page,  our Facebook page (facebook.com/ShrinersHospitalsforChildrenCanada) and our Twitter feed (twitter.com/shrinerscanada) and sharing our campaign.

To find out more about Giving Tuesday, click here: https://youtu.be/Rq4DNKlVdxw

 

Why this rehabilitation bicycle is so important

We all encourage kids to be more and more active – and so many are. The downside has been an increasing number of leg and knee injuries at a young age. Hundreds of Canadian teens come to Canada Shriners Hospital each year to have surgery and we’re determined to get them on their feet and back to their favorite sports as soon – and safely – as possible. But to do that, we need the right equipment. Currently, 90% of our physiotherapy patients should be using a bicycle to increase their strength and endurance safely. Indeed the stationary bike is one of the most important pieces of equipment in the rehabilitation room. But we only have one bicycle and it’s not programmable, meaning it’s not good enough and isn’t even available for many of our patients. Help us raise $5,000 to buy a buy a new stationary bicycle that will help thousands of teens.

Donate today or on November 29 – Giving Tuesday.

21.09.2016

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada Opens its Pediatric Simulation Centre

State-of-the-art training centre gives health professionals opportunity to learn and practice skills and re-enact emergency situations

 

The ultimate goal is to enhance quality of care and patient safety

 

Montreal, Wednesday, September 14, 2016 – His name is José. He’s a dummy, literally. José is the mannequin or, more accurately, the high-fidelity, junior-patient simulator that mimics a wide range of conditions, from a healthy, talking child to an unresponsive, critical patient with no vital signs. The patient simulator is just one of many training tools to be found in the newly opened Pediatric Simulation Centre located on the 2nd floor of Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada. It is changing the way health professionals are trained and will ultimately enhance quality of care and patient safety.

The Centre delivers high-fidelity, realistic simulations for surgical, medical, nursing, respiratory therapy and allied health practitioners. It offers a safe, realistic environment, allowing health professionals and students to increase their knowledge, hone their skills, and practice teamwork in the context of realistic patient scenarios. The Pediatric Simulation Centre at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only such centre in the Shriners’ network of 22 hospitals.

“Modern medical education requires novel teaching modalities. Medical simulation has become an integral part of any modern health care curriculum,” says Reggie Hamdy, M.D., Chief of Staff, Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada. “Our goal is to promote excellence in pediatric health care in a family-centered environment by using medical simulation to improve the knowledge, skills, and behaviour of health professionals and establish a culture of continuous professional development. Our intent is to become no less than a nationally and internationally recognized centre of excellence in pediatric medical simulation.”

Practice makes perfect

In addition to José, the simulator that represents a six-year-old boy, the state-of-the-art centre comprises several dedicated rooms for simulation-based education and training. It includes a multipurpose surgical skills lab, with six surgical stations with retractable booms with suction, and hospital-grade air with six radiolucent adjustable beds.

Traditionally, surgical skills have been acquired in the operating room (OR). The complexity of surgical procedures and the premium placed on surgical time have increased. So, rather than taking up precious OR time with teaching, surgical residents can now acquire and perfect their skills in the surgical skills lab. 

“The surgical skills laboratory is revolutionizing surgical training,” says Jean A. Ouellet, M.D., Medical Director of the Pediatric Simulation Centre.  “Using computer simulators and virtual reality technology, as well as specially designed procedure models, surgical residents learn a wide array of surgical skills.

At the instructor’s station, high-fidelity cameras film, record, and transmit the teacher’s directives to the other five surgical stations where students replicate the teacher’s moves. Surgeries can also be broadcast live from the OR and transmitted via secure server to the surgical skills lab and/or the two designated conference rooms.

All health professionals will benefit

“The educational activities we are hosting and developing are based on the educational needs of our health professionals,” says Dr. Ouellet. “We will ensure that we have faculty trained in medical simulation from all disciplines and specialties; including pediatric orthopaedics, pediatric surgery, anesthesia, nursing, and respiratory therapy. This, in turn, will improve the quality of patient care and patient safety in a family-centered environment.”

Inter-professional training sessions are being held in the Pediatric Simulation Centre and in clinical settings such as the operating room, patient rooms or even the hospital cafeteria.  Training sessions may involve José or actors who participate in scenarios that help health professionals learn how to deal with various situations, such as how to calm an anxious parent, how to talk and interact with children of different ages or how to ensure a patient education session is effective. Over the next few months, as the Centre ramps up, simulations will increase progressively.

Key partnerships

There is a growing demand for simulation-based activities to be integrated into the curriculum for residency training, maintenance of skills for current practitioners, nursing training and training in the use of new devices and surgical techniques. Many of the medical specialties have integrated simulation into their curriculum to teach residents. Schools of nursing have developed simulation education modules to teach their students and for professional development for those already in practice. This work will be encouraged through partnerships with McGill University and the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre.

“Simulation plays an essential role on campus in McGill’s new undergraduate medical curriculum, as well as in its other professional health programs,” says Sam Benaroya, M.D., Associate Vice-Principal and Vice-Dean (Health Affairs), McGill University. “In an increasingly complex environment that is continually being enhanced by new knowledge pedagogy and technologies, simulation ensures students learn to deliver the highest quality, safest care in a setting that presents zero risk to the patient. Bringing simulation into the clinical setting represents a major step, and we look forward to working with Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada and the Pediatric Simulation Centre to build on the educational opportunities it offers.”

Generous funding from Kingston District Shine Club of Rameses Shriners

“This is a proud day for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada and the Shriners network. We are very grateful to the members of the Kingston District Shrine Club who are Rameses Shriners.  They donated so generously to the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign in support of the construction of the Pediatric Simulation Centre,” says Gino Berretta, Chairman of the Hospital’s Board of Governors. “Thanks to their generosity, for years to come health professionals can practice medical emergencies and real life-saving procedures that improve safety and the patient experience.”

“I applaud everyone who worked so hard over the last five years to organize fundraisers in support of the Pediatric Simulation Centre,” says Al Berry, Potentate of the Rameses Shriners of Toronto. “I would also like to sincerely thank the members of the Kingston Shrine Club and the late Wilhelmina F. Winney, and her late husband. Several years ago, Mrs. Winney donated a sizable portion of her estate to the club. I believe she would be proud, as we all are on this prestigious day, to know that she contributed greatly to the construction of the Pediatric Simulation Centre which will benefit health care professionals, patients, and their families for decades to come.”

Training the next generation of health professionals

“The centre illustrates the dedication Shriners International attributes to its mission of training future generations of health professionals,” says Brandt Bede, M.D., Hospital Liaison with the Board of Trustees, Shriners Hospitals for Children. “I congratulate everyone who helped realize the Pediatric Simulation Centre.  It provides a safe environment where confidence and competence can be continuously enhanced and where the true beneficiaries will be the young patients in our care.”

 

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About Shriners Hospitals for Children®- Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals. The others are located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. The hospital is present in communities across Canada, thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and two satellite clinics located in Winnipeg and Halifax. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

 

B-roll available upon request.

For more information:

Emmanuelle Rondeau, Communications & Marketing Manager Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, erondeau@shrinenet.org, 514-282-6990

Lisa Dutton, lisa@communicationsshout.ca, 514-264-6514

 

31.08.2016

Check out the September edition of e-Orthopedik newsletter

In the September edition of e-Orthopedik, we celebrate athletes and athletics. Plus, Chantal Janelle, M.D. talks about how to prevent and treat sports injuries. You can also find out about Habs star Brendan Gallagher's awesome softball tournament held in support of the hospital. 

Download the e-Orthopedik newsletter here.

10.08.2016

Habs Star Forward Brendan Gallagher Hosts 2nd Annual Charity Softball Game Benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

Montreal Canadiens star forward and local Vancouver hockey favorite Brendan Gallagher hosted his 2nd Annual Celebrity Softball Classic benefitting Shriners Hospital for Children® - Canada on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver, B.C.

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Many of the National Hockey League’s bright young stars joined him on the roster including Milan Lucic (Edmonton), Lance Bouma (Calgary), Morgan Rielly (Toronto), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton), Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg), Shea Weber (Montreal), Nate Beaulieu (Montréal), Josh Gorges (Buffalo) and Sam Reinhart (Buffalo) as well as former NHLers Paul Reinhart and Dave Babych.

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All proceeds were donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada.

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Gallagher is not only a star on the ice. To young patients at Canada Shriners Hospital; he’s become their personal star, having come to the Montreal-based hospital to meet and encourage them several times. “After taking a tour of this national hospital and meeting some patients and staff, I decided that more Canadians needed to know how wonderful this hospital is and what great work they do,” said Gallagher.

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Indeed the Habs star’s annual softball game seeks to raise both funding and awareness for Canada Shriners Hospital, a national pediatric hospital specializing in orthopedic and neuromuscular disorders such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy.

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If you'd like to support Brendan's goal of raising funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, please click here.

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A little boy ran onto the field during play. Brendan and his team "adopted" him for the evening!

For more information:

Emmanuelle Rondeau

Communications & Marketing Manager            

Shriners Hospitals for Children®- Canada

C: 514-207-1057

erondeau@shrinenet.org

01.08.2016

Patient Jeffrey, 17, Completes Ultra-Challenging Spartan Race to Prove Disabilities Do Not Equal Limitations

 

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Photo courtesy of Epic Action Imagery

17 year old Jeffrey, a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada since the age of 5 months, was born without a right hand or right foot. But that hasn't stopped this young man who wants to prove that disabilities do not necessarily mean limitations. He has now completed his goal: a Spartan Race “Trifecta”, after finishing a gruelling 22 km “Beast” at Owl’s Head, in the Eastern Townships, Quebec. Spartan Races are among the most challenging obstacle courses in the world, usually on mountainous terrain, making them that much more exhausting. Usually only elites do the “Beast”, but Jeffrey was determined to complete it in order to get his “Trifecta” medals (a Sprint (5 km), a Super (13 km) and a Beast (21 km). “I want to show people – those with disabilities and those without – that you can do so much more than you think you can,” says Jeffrey. “I’m also doing this to raise $10,000 for Canada Shriners Hospital,” he continues. “Without their help, I wouldn’t be in a position to do Spartan Races. It’s my turn to give back.” To give to Jeffrey’s fundraising campaign: http://shfcmh.convio.net/goto/spartanjeffrey    

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Marc-Antoine Lamoureux (friend), Dany Rochefort (cousin), Patrick Beausoleil (father), Patrice Grenier (uncle), Jeffrey Beausoleil et Selica Sévigny (Spartan Race co-founder)

Jeffrey started the Spartan Race season running a Super in Quebec City and then doing Sprints in Ottawa and Montreal. At the Montreal Sprint, he was joined by fellow patient Spartans Phil and Aurélie and a team of Canada Shriners Hospital employees.

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Our patient Aurélie (who had a leg lengthened by 5 cm two years ago) and friends Manelle, Olivia and Marie-Claire at the Spartan Race Sprint Montreal

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Our patient Phil, born with cerebral palsy, at his 2nd Spartan Race Sprint of the season, this one in Montreal

The Eastern Canada Spartan Races have finished, but there are still races out West. Canada Shriners Hospital is a charity partner of the Calgary Spartan Race Sprint on August 13 and the Red Deer Super and Sprint on September 3 and 4. Join us by volunteering at any of those three races or by running and fundraising for the hospital! The money you raise will go towards helping other kids like Jeffrey, Phil and Aurélie walk, run.. or even complete a Spartan Race! Email moncommunications@shrinenet.org for more information.

Our volunteers are essential to the success of our partnership

Thank you to all of our volunteers who have come to help with Spartan Race tasks or at our tent – often very early in the morning. Your efforts = donations from Spartan Race to help the hospital and all the children we treat. Thank you!

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Our Rameses Shriners volunteers at Spartan Race Toronto

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Our Karnak Shriners from the Eastern Townships club at Spartan Race Quebec

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Our Tunis Shriners at Spartan Race Ottawa

More on Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada’s partnership with Spartan Race

All patients at Canada Shriners Hospital face obstacles: we treat children with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. Our mission is to treat and rehabilitate our patients. Our aim is to convey to them that so much is possible when we put our mind to it.

That’s why, for the second year in a row, Canada Shriners Hospital is a Spartan Race charity partner. Anyone willing to raise a minimum of $200 for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, can get a free entry into the Spartan Race of their choice (adult or junior race) (see our website or Facebook page for details). Why this partnership? Spartan Races challenge participants to make it to the finish line, not necessarily to win. The idea is to help and encourage others during the race, so that everyone can get that coveted “Finisher” t-shirt and medal. Spartan Races have many of the same goals we at Canada Shriners Hospital have: showing compassion, helping others and trying our best to overcome obstacles both physical and psychological. We are using Spartan Races as an example of a challenge kids and adults alike can take on to prove to themselves they can do great things.

For more information: moncommunications@shrinenet.org

In Public Relations:

Caroline Phaneuf, 514-778-5092

Emmanuelle Rondeau: 514-282-6990 or 514-207-1057

27.05.2016

Three Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada Patients Doing Spartan Races to Prove Obstacles Can Be Overcome

Last year, 17-year-old Jeffrey, a Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada patient, proved that obstacles can be overcome finishing not one but four Spartan Races… with a prosthetic on his right foot and no right hand. “Every race is exhausting, but it is really a question of putting yourself in the right mental space… if I can do it, anyone can,” Jeffrey insists. This year, he will try to go for the “Trifecta” – running a 5 km, a 13 km and a 20 km Spartan Race! Jeffrey says he’ll run races until his team raises $10,000 for our hospital! He has even recruited his parents, grandfather, brothers and friends to run and fundraise with him!

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Jeffrey won’t be running alone. Two more Canada Shriners Hospital patients have been inspired to prove that physical disabilities don’t necessarily mean limitations. Philippe, who’s 18 and has cerebral palsy, ADHD and an intellectual disability, will be challenging himself to a Spartan Race. 14 year old Aurélie will be running a Spartan Race too. She was born with one leg shorter than the other and had to undergo a painful leg lengthening less than two years ago. 

 

Jeffrey, Philippe and Aurélie are also running Spartan Races to raise money for Canada Shriners Hospital. Encourage them and donate to their funds:

http://shfcmh.convio.net/goto/spartanjeffrey

http://shfcmh.convio.net/goto/SpartanRace_Philippe

http://shfcmh.convio.net/goto/SpartanRace_Aurelie

To donate to Canada Shriners Hospital's general Spartan Race fund: http://shfcmh.convio.net/goto/SpartanRace2016

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More on Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada’s partnership with Spartan Race

All patients at Canada Shriners Hospital face obstacles: we treat children with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. Our mission is to treat and rehabilitate our patients. Our aim is to convey to them that so much is possible when we put our mind to it.

That’s why, for the second year in a row, Canada Shriners Hospital is a Spartan Race charity partner. Anyone willing to raise a minimum of $200 for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, can get a free entry into the Spartan Race of their choice (adult or junior race).

We’re also looking for volunteers to represent us on Spartan Race days (see below). Why this partnership? Spartan Races challenge participants to make it to the finish line, not necessarily to win. The idea is to help and encourage others during the race, so that everyone can get that coveted “Finisher” t-shirt and medal. Spartan Races have many of the same goals we at Canada Shriners Hospital have: showing compassion, helping others and trying our best to overcome obstacles both physical and psychological. We are using Spartan Races as an example of a challenge kids and adults alike can take on to prove to themselves they can do great things.

To sign-up with our Canada Shriners Hospital Spartan Race team, to volunteer or to become a spokespatient email : moncommunications@shrinenet.org.

 

Where and when are the Spartan Races?

Canada Shriners Hospital is a charity partner in: Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Edmonton, Toronto, Calgary and Red Deer.

June 4 – Quebec City (Stoneham Mountain Resort) – Sprint

June 5 - Quebec City (Stoneham Mountain Resort) – Super

June 18 – Ottawa (Ski Eldelweiss) – Sprint

June 19 – Ottawa (Ski Eldelweiss) – Sprint

June 25 – Edmonton (Oilfield Technical Society Park) - Sprint

July 2 – Toronto (Ski Brimacombe) – Sprint

July 3 – Toronto (Ski Brimacombe) – Super

July 16 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Sprint

July 17 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Sprint

July 30 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Super

July 31 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Beast & Ultra-Beast

August 13 – Calgary (TBD – in Calgary proper) – Sprint

September 3 – Red Deer (Heritage Ranch) – Super

September 4 – Red Deer (Heritage Ranch) – Sprint

For more information on Spartan Races, go to spartanrace.ca

For more information:

Caroline Phaneuf

Public Relations

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

514-778-5092

cphaneuf@shrinenet.org

carolineannephaneuf@hotmail.com

 

Emmanuelle Rondeau

Communications & Marketing Manager

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada

Bureau : 514 282-6990

Cell. : 514 207-1057

erondeau@shrinenet.org

 

26.05.2016

Check out the May edition of e-Orthopedik newsletter

  • Find out the grand total of the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign;
  • Find out how a 9 year oldraised $66-thousand for the new hospital;
  • Hospital administrator CélineDoray says ‘goodbye’ to hospital and discovers retirement;
  • Find out who walked away with the Humour Me Montreal CEO comedy classic trophy.

Download the May edition of e-Orthopedik newsletter here.

19.05.2016

12 year old Mykola, Casualty of War, Gets Care at Our Hospital

12 year old Mykola lost both legs and his right arm when he innocently stepped on an undetonated grenade in his Ukrainian hometown last year on the Russian border. He has undergone several surgeries, is now walking unaided and has received his new prosthetic arm, thanks to Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada.

SHR_3068Mykola with his doctors at Canada Shriners Hospital Reggie Hamdy, M.D., Chief-of-Staff and Orthopaedic Surgeon and Marie Laberge-Malo, M.D., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

His story exemplifies the devastating effects of war on children and families. Yet Mykola’s story has a positive twist as Canadians have come forward to help him. His story would not be the same without Canada-Ukraine Foundation and Canada Shriners Hospital, which provides life-changing orthopaedic care not only to children from this country, but to kids from around the world regardless of the family’s ability to pay.    

Find out more about Mykola's story by watching these news reports:

CTV National News
CTV News Montreal
TVA Nouvelles (French)
The Globe and Mail
Le Journal de Montréal (French)

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has since agreed to pay for all of Mykola’s medical care in Canada, whether it be at Canada Shriners Hospital or at partner hospitals, until Mykola is 21. Canada-Ukraine Foundation has been raising money to pay for Mykola and Alla’s living expenses. They continue to raise money to help fund his care in Ukraine and fund future trips from Ukraine to Canada in order to receive treatment at Canada Shriners Hospital (helpmykola.com).    

11.05.2016

130 million thanks!

Press release

For immediate distribution

 

130 million thanks!

The Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign

is a resounding success

 

Montreal, May 11, 2016 – As the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign comes to a close, the entire Shriners community extends a huge thank-you to its exceptional donors. The Campaign raised an extraordinary $130,650,327, exceeding the goal of $130 million. The funds supported the construction of the new Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada, which opened on October 5, 2015, and the Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research.

“Our goal was not only attained but surpassed thanks to the outstanding leadership of our Imperial Potentate Jerry G. Gantt alongside Richard J. and Carolyn E. Renaud, Peter Letko and Deborah Josephson, M.D., our National Campaign Co-Chairs,” says      Mr. Gino Berretta, Chairman of the hospital’s Board of Governors. “None of this could have been accomplished without the dedication and support of all the business and Shriner volunteers who actively shared our goal to raise funds. Today, we can celebrate the realization of our new "dream" hospital thanks to the overwhelming generosity of over 6,000 donors!”

“Over the past little while, people have been thanking us for volunteering to chair the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign. While it has been an honour to lead this historic five-year initiative, our time as Co-Chairs has shown us that the success of the campaign has been a true collective effort,” says Richard Renaud. “Thanks to every single donor, we were able to construct this beautifully designed and spacious hospital and acquire top-notch medical equipment. Our donors enabled us to open a state-of-the-art research centre which will accelerate discoveries in musculoskeletal disorders. Thanks to all of them, children and families from across Canada, parts of the United States and around the world have access to cutting-edge paediatric orthopedic care.”

“Our new hospital is a beautiful and functional building, one that we can be so proud of within our network of hospitals,” says Dale W. Stauss, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “I wish to congratulate our volunteer corporate leaders and staff members who have led the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign to successful fruition.                                                                                                                                  

History of the Exceptional Care for Excetional Kids Campaign

The five-year Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign began in 2011 and launched publically on May 13, 2014. It was the first-ever capital campaign undertaken by the Canada Shriners Hospital and the most successful campaign every undertaken by the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children, which are located in Canada, United States and Mexico.

“With our children and their families in mind, we created a warm and welcoming hospital,” says Imperial Potentate Jerry G. Gantt. “The building itself is beautiful, each floor designed to reflect a different region of Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Great North; each floor is designed to be a place of healing, a haven for the children and families who turn to us for care. But it is much more than a building. It is a place where researchers work side by side with clinicians to find the cause of bone disorders and endeavor to find better treatments and new cures. It is a place where we will offer new state-of-the-art services such as movement analysis and pediatric simulation training. A place where we will focus on improving the lives of the children we treat, the care they receive and the training we provide to up-and-coming healthcare professionals.”  

The construction of the new hospital began in April 2013. The new building is almost three times larger than the former hospital, which was located on Cedar Avenue in Montreal.

The new Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada features a range of new services and technologies including 22 single-patient rooms, four surgical suites including one designed specifically for back surgery and a 200-seat education centre to enhance the hospital’s teaching mission.

Numerous events helped raise funds for the new hospital

Events are part of the success of any fundraising campaign and the Canada Shriners Hospital benefitted from the dedication of many individuals, families and groups who organized walks, dinners and even ran a lemonade stand in support of the campaign.

There were also a number of major hospital fundraising events such as the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada Annual Golf Tournament organized by Gino Berretta, Benito Migliorati Robin Burns, and Michel Poirier. In October last year, Joey and Carmie Saputo were the honorary co-presidents of the dazzling One and Only Ball. And on May 10, National Co-Chairs Richard J. Renaud and Peter Letko made their stand-up comedy debut at the Humour Me Montreal /Fais-moi rire Montréal fundraiser, an event founded by Mr. David Goodman.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children®- Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, The Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals, the others located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. The hospital is present in communities across Canada thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and two satellite clinics located in Winnipeg and Halifax. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

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First patients:
https://vimeo.com/141497299

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Groundbreaking for the new Shriners Hospitals for Children®- Canada!(CNW Group/SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN (CANADA))

 

For more information:

Lisa Dutton
lisa@communicationsshout.ca514-264-6514

Emmanuelle Rondeau
Communications & Marketing Manager Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada
erondeau@shrinenet.org514-282-6990

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photo 2 Gerry Gant

photo 3 Carter Brown

Photo 4 Alyssa Macleod

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09.05.2016

Three of our Patients are Spartans!

Our Patients Prove Obstacles can be Overcome

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Our hospital has three young patients, all in high school, ready to take on Spartan Races this year, proving physical disabilities do not necessarily mean limitations.

We are inviting you to join them and Canada Shriners Hospital-Spartan Race charity team! Whether for a team building exercise or simply as committed citizens, corporate or individual, your fundraising efforts and participation will help more kids walk, run… or even complete Spartan Races!

A little more about our patient Spartans:

Jeffrey

Last year, Jeffrey, now 17 and in secondary 5, proved that obstacles can be overcome finishing not one but four Spartan Races… with a prosthetic on his right foot and no right hand. He has a new goal this year: completing a “Trifecta” – running a 5 km, a 13 km and a 20 km Spartan Race. Jeffrey says he’ll run races until his team raises $10,000 for the hospital! Watch this Spartan Race promotional video featuring Jeffrey to get inspired: https://vimeo.com/152210619

Aurélie

Aurélie just turned 14, is in secondary 2, and was born with a leg length discrepancy. By the age of 12, her left leg was 50 millimeters shorter than her right. She underwent major surgery and eight months of painful leg lengthening. The result? She’s back to all her favourite sports and despite her young age, is challenging herself to an adult Spartan Race this July.

Philippe

Philippe, 18, was born with cerebral palsy. He’s been a patient at Canada Shriners Hospital since he was a baby and has undergone four surgeries and hours of physiotherapy. When 5 years old, Philippe had a selective dorsal rhizotomy and spent two months at the hospital recovering and learning how to walk again. He later had a heal chord extension, a hamstring release and Botox in both legs. The cerebral palsy has also meant an intellectual disability and ADHD, but Philippe has learned to manage it and is challenging himself to a Spartan Race this year.

Join Canada Shriners Hospital’s Spartan Race team!

- Each individual who agrees to raise a minimum of $200 for the hospital gets a free entry into the Spartan Race of his/her choice (junior or adult race).

- Get a free Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada/Spartan Race team t-shirt.

- All funds raised will go to Canada Shriners Hospital and will help us change the lives of children.

- Choose to raise funds individually or as a group.

- Junior Spartan Races are designed specially for kids as young as 4 (5 in Western Canada).

Run for us in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer!

To get your free entry and start fundraising, email moncommunications@shrinenet.org    

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29.03.2016

Overcome Obstacles with Us and Spartan Race!

Want to Help Prove Obstacles Can Be Overcome and Have Fun?

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17-year-old Jeffrey, a Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada patient, proved last year that obstacles can be overcome finishing not one but four Spartan Races… with a prosthetic on his right foot and no right hand. “Every race is exhausting, but it is really a question of putting yourself in the right mental space… if I can do it, anyone can,” Jeffrey insists. This year, he will try to go for the “Trifecta” – running a 5 km, a 13 km and a 20 km Spartan Race. Jeffrey says he’ll run races until his team raises $10,000 for our hospital!

Join Jeffrey and Canada Shriners Hospital’s Spartan Race team!

The goal: have fun!

 

What is a Spartan Race?

A challenging obstacle course, often on mountain terrain. However, the goal is not to win, but simply to finish! You can even get help along the way. Jeffrey had friends helping him with obstacles he had trouble with. Adults can choose from various difficulty levels.

Junior Spartan Races offer kids as young as 4 (5 in Western Canada) specially designed obstacle courses just for them, to get them in the Spartan Race spirit and get them moving outside. Watch this Junior Race promotional video to give you a better idea of what Junior races are like: https://vimeo.com/155003057

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Want to run a Spartan Race and raise funds for Canada Shriners Hospital?

- Agree to raise a minimum of $200 for the hospital and get a free entry into the Spartan Race of your choice (junior or adult race).

- Get a free Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada/Spartan Race team t-shirt.

- All funds raised will go to Canada Shriners Hospital and will help us change the lives of children.

Interested in volunteering?

We need volunteers on each race day. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to give back as Spartan Race will give the hospital a donation for every volunteer (ages 14+) we have. There are volunteering duties suitable for nearly everyone: registration booth (under a tent, seated, must be confident with computers), finish line (giving medals to finishers), course marshalls (encouraging runners along the way and ensuring they do the obstacle properly), among others.

Could you be our next spokespatient?

We’re looking for current or former patients across the country willing to try a Spartan Race (adult or junior race), speak to kids at schools about their Spartan Race goal and become our next media spokesperson! Jeffrey did this last year and spoke at several schools and got media coverage across Canada. This year, it could be you!

Check out this Spartan Race video featuring Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada patient Jeffrey Beausoleil: https://vimeo.com/152210619

To sign-up with our Canada Shriners Hospital Spartan Race team, to volunteer or to become a spokespatient email moncommunications@shrinenet.org.

Where and when are the Spartan Races?

Canada Shriners Hospital is a charity partner in: Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Red Deer.

June 4 – Quebec City (Stoneham Mountain Resort) – Sprint

June 5 - Quebec City (Stoneham Mountain Resort) – Super

June 18 – Ottawa (Ski Eldelweiss) – Sprint

June 19 – Ottawa (Ski Eldelweiss) – Sprint

June 25 - Edmonton (TBD) - Sprint

July 2 – Toronto (Ski Brimacombe) – Sprint

July 3 – Toronto (Ski Brimacombe) – Super

July 16 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Sprint

July 17 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Sprint

July 30 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Super

July 31 – Montreal (Owl’s Head)  - Beast & Ultra-Beast

August 13 – Calgary (TBD – in Calgary proper) – Sprint

September 3 – Red Deer (Heritage Ranch) – Super

September 4 – Red Deer (Heritage Ranch) – Sprint

For more information on Spartan Races, go to spartanrace.ca

To encourage the Canada Shriners Hospital-Spartan Race team, make a donation here. All funds raise will go towards the hospital to help other kids walk, run... or maybe even run a Spartan Race.

11.02.2016

E-Orthopedik

Introducing our new e-newsletter

The Shriners Hospital for Children® – Canada is a busy place. We wanted to keep you up-to-date on everything that is going on so we’ve just launched E-Orthopedik.  Our electronic newsletter is filled with tons of information including patient stories, event and fundraising information and hospital news.  The February edition takes a look back at all of the historical events that took place in 2015 including the hospital’s 90th anniversary, the inauguration and opening of the new hospital and the grand opening of the research centre. To take a walk down memory lane and look at the smashing photo albums click http://conta.cc/1SPNOgY.

Also, sign up to receive your free copy of the bi-monthly newsletter by going to exceptionalcare4kids.com and clicking on the Newsletter sign up located in the top right hand corner.  It’s quick and easy. 


04.02.2016

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada named a Montreal top employer

Press release

For immediate distribution

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada named one of Montreal’s top employers 

Montreal, February 4, 2016:  Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada is proud to be named one of Montreal’s top employers for 2016 by Mediacorp who today released the names of the city’s best places to work. This special designation recognizes the hospital as an industry leader in offering an exceptional workplace. 

“Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is an incredible place to work thanks to our employees, volunteers and the Shriners Fraternity. We are like a close-knit family,” says Céline Doray, Hospital Administrator.  “With only 300 employees, you virtually know everyone by name. Thus, when a co-worker needs a little extra help people readily pitch in.”

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada provides specialized orthopaedic care to children from across Canada, the northeastern United States and around the world.  Some of the common conditions treated include:  scoliosis, brittle bone disease, clubfeet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy.  Many of the children in our care face significant challenges, yet they remain undaunted and courageous. Their resilience and love of life inspires every employee, doctor and researcher to do everything possible to help these infants, children and teens reach their full potential.

“The hospital is being distinguished as one of Montreal’s top employer’s thanks in part to its special culture; its generous education and training opportunities; and its exceptional recognition initiatives,” says Laurence Steck, Director of Human Resources.  “We are proud of our collegial work environment where every employee can thrive and can achieve their goals.”

Now in their new facility, in 2016, the Canada Shriners Hospital will be increasing its activities which will lead the hospital to hire additional staff.

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More about Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals, the others located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

For more information:

Emmanuelle Rondeau 
Communications & Marketing Manager
W: 514-282-6990
C: 514-207-1057
erondeau@shrinenet.org

Anyone interested in applying for a position at the Canada Shriners Hospital can send an e-mail to recruitment@shrinenet.org.



18.01.2016

Students Urged to Overcome Bullying

Children with physical disabilities are twice as likely to be bullied, impacting their educational, physical and emotional development.[1] Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has therefore joined the fight to stop bullying with its #CuttheBull campaign and is touring schools to help get the message out that bullying is never okay.

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Jeffrey with students at Roslyn School in Westmount, Quebec after the presentation. He's accompanied by Caroline Phaneuf, public relations and Trudy Wong, social worker, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, as well as Principal Nick Katalifos.

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada says #CuttheBull:

 

SPEAK OUT against bullying when you see it.

HELP someone being bullied by offering support.

REACH OUT to someone who is alone.

IGNORE a mean comment by walking away.

NOTIFY an adult if you don’t feel safe.

ENCOURAGE kindness with a smile.

REFUSE to tease when others do.

STAND PROUD because you won't bully. 

 

Canada Shriners Hospital patient, 17-year-old Jeffrey Beausoleil, is the star of our bilingual school tour, speaking to students about his bullying experience. Born without a right hand or right foot, Jeffrey was bullied due to his physical differences. Kids began calling him names when he was in grade one – something he was forced to deal with until grade nine. In grade seven, the bullying turned physical one afternoon after school, as he was beaten up by a group of boys. Through it all, Jeffrey turned towards his friends, parents, principal and teachers and sought help. “I blamed myself for a long time,” Jeffrey admits. “But I realized that I don’t have to change for them. They should learn to accept me. I now know that if I can overcome bullying, I can overcome anything… but it took a lot of people helping me to realize that.”

 

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Did you know that 75% of people say they have been affected by bullying?[2] Or that in 85-88% of bullying episodes, peers are present and when they have the courage to stand-up for the victim, the bullying stops within 10 seconds in the majority of cases?[3]

 

Children and adults alike are encouraged to visit CutTheBull.org and see how they can help create a more positive, accepting environment for kids living with disabilities. Supporters can also share their anti-bullying stories and purchase #CutTheBull t-shirts, with proceeds going to Shriners Hospitals for Children to provide life-changing care to kids.

 

Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada has also partnered the ZONED Comic Contest and are encouraging kids and teens to participate. Those of all ages are asked to write about a bullying experience or a superhero brave enough to prevent or stop bullying using non-violent means. The winner gets their story drawn as a comic book by Marvel comics!

 

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The cover of the first ZONED comic book.

 

The second ZONED comic book will be launched at Shriners Hospital in Montreal at the end of February – stay tuned for more info!

 

To learn more about the ZONED Comic Contest go to zonedcomics.com

To view a video about Jeffrey overcoming physical obstacles at a Spartan Race, click here.

 

[1] National Bullying Prevention Center, www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/students-with-disabilities/

[2] Prevnet, http://www.prevnet.ca/research/bullying-statistics

[3] Prevnet, http://www.prevnet.ca/bullying/facts-and-solutions