2012 Disbursements

Your Donations At Work

From August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2012 the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation distributed $819,352 for current pediatric needs in the 2012 fiscal year.  In addition, $100,000 was designated for a research chair position in the pediatric department for exception emerging researchers and research needs.



Tides of Change Conference
This three day conference is on breastfeeding, community health, perinatal mental health, neonatal and perinatal care, education for nursing and women’s health.  Expanding our understanding of nursing practice related to women’s health and perinatal and neonatal care.


The Loft Program
Families in need received food and gift hampers to help throughout the holiday season.



Inner City School Clinics
Vision and hearing screening equipment.

Pediatric Outpatient
Abdominal Ultrasound Probe for Kidney Biopsy
One of a kind piece of equipment in the province for Saskatchewan Pediatric & Adolescent Renal/Kidney (SPARK) Program.

Pediatric Outpatient
Weight Scales for Nephrology Exam Rooms
The scales will improve patient care, promote privacy and reduce crowding.

Jaundice Meters (5)
This equipment allows the newest and best practices in jaundice assessment and care for newborns.  The non-invasive instrument measures skin jaundice levels and eliminates a number of newborn blood tests.

Milk Warmers (50)
Eliminates contamination risk associated with warming feedings in water.  Consistently warms milk to temperatures similar to expressed human milk and safely thaws milk in less than 30 minutes to refrigerated temperature for storage up to 24 hours.

Vital Signs Monitors (2)
The purpose of the vital signs monitor is to quickly obtain accurate vital sign measurements during a child’s clinic visit in the Pediatric Outpatient Department.  Patients who primarily benefit from this piece of equipment are children with suspected or confirmed congenital and acquired heart defects.  Accurate and quick measurement of blood pressure and oxygen saturation are key to making timely treatment decisions.

Pediatric Pulmonary Clinic
Bronchoscope & Sleep Apnea Equipment
Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children as well as obstructive sleep apnea.  A new bronchoscope was purchased along with state of the art sleep apnea monitor and software as enhancements to the clinic.

Biliblanket System (2)
The new system is an enhancement creating higher efficiencies.  In the past, children were being treated in an isolette which interrupted their treatment and length of treatment time.  A Biliblanket is a portable medical device for an infant that treats jaundice. The Biliblanket exerts a blue/white light that helps break down high levels of bilirubin in the infant’s bloodstream.  The new system delivers therapy, decreases stress and allows for improved exposure to the light along with faster recovery time.  Two systems were purchased to serve the growing patient need.

Giraffe Omnibed & Shuttle
The omnibed is an incubator and radiant warmer in one compact mobile environment.  The shuttle allows for consistent environmental temperatures of the neonate during transport within the hospital.

Patient Care


Mental Health Youth Care
Support within the Les & Irene Dubé Centre

Upgrades to the PEDS Playroom, Adult/Teen Lounge/Parent’s Sleep Room

Designated Funds Enhancements
NICU/PICU/Peds and Child Life designated funds enhancements to purchase items such as Mobile Sensory Stimulus Units, vinyl graphics, music instruments, iPads and computer equipment.


Playroom Grants
Funds to enhance the playrooms in Saskatoon and Regina.

Air Canada Transport Program


Dr. Lingyum Wu, Department of Pharmacology/Dr. Tuanjie Chang
“The Role of Methylglyoxal in the Development of Childhood Obesity and the Possible Underlying Mechanism”
The percentage of Canadians who are overweight or obese has risen dramatically in recent years so much as obesity being declared a disease since 2004.  There is an epidemic of childhood obesity in Canada caused by overeating and less exercising.  Major health risks are associated with obesity like type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.  Methylglyoxal (MG) is a metabolite of sugar, fat and protein in our body.  Two objectives to be pursued are investigating the correlation between elevated MG levels and the development of obesity.  To elucidate the mechanisms of MG induced adipocyte proliferations especially the involvement of the Akt1-mediated CDK2 pathway.

Dr. Alan Rosenberg, Department of Pediatrics
“Vitamin D Deficiency in Saskatchewan Children:  Factors Influencing Occurrence & Response to Therapy”
Vitamin D deficiency is a major public health concern.  Vitamin D is important for maintaining healthy bones.  Recent evidence has shown that vitamin D is essential for ensuring effective function of the immune system.  Low levels of vitamin D in the body is now associated with infection, cancer and autoimmune and heart disease.  The two objected is to determine the prevalence of vitamin D sufficiency , insufficiency and deficiency among healthy children and to assess dietary sources of vitamin D, rate of supplementation and sunlight exposure.  This research will determine the frequency of vitamin D deficiency in healthy young children residing in the Saskatoon Health Region.  It will determine how age, environment, diet and genetics affect vitamin D levels.  The results of this study will have an important implication for preventing disease in children now and into the long term futures.

Dr. John DeCoteau, Department of Pathology
“Evaluating the Potential Therapeutic Impact of SUV39H1 Inhibitor Chaetocin in Preclinical Models of Poor Prognosis Pediatric Acute Leukemia”
Acute leukemia is the most common form of cancer in children, comprising about 30% of all childhood malignancies.  Great progress has been made in the treatment of pediatric acute leukemia but significant challenges remain.  Pediatric patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and some forms of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are at high risk for treatment failure and relapse.  The objective is to develop models of pediatric AML and high risk ALL in order to test the ability of chaetocin to safely eradicate the treatment resistant leukemia stem cells responsible for the poor prognosis of these diseases.

Dr. Angela Bowen, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
“Feelings in Pregnancy and Motherhood:  Child & Maternal Outcome”
The study is a follow up of the Feelings in Pregnancy and Motherhood Study (FIP) in Saskatchewan.  The two main goals of this study are to understand the long term effects of mother’s depression, anxiety and mood problems on the child at ages 3 & 5 and to better understand the patterns and effects of ongoing anxiety, depression, and mood in mother 3 & 5 years after giving birth.   Assessment will be on developmental, behavioural, emotional, physical outcomes, and school readiness in each child.  Collecting information from the mother about depression, anxiety, mood, stress, social support, physical    health, smoking, drug, and alcohol use and child care.

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Thank you for supporting Saskatchewan kids, moms, and families with your gift.

Laura Gawletz
Todd & Lesley Wilson
Anna Robertson
DSA Media
Greg Keller
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Jamie Tilford
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Holly Arnason
Nathan & Karen Bergermann
Kendall Miiller
Sonja Schmidt
N. Murray Edwards
Biggar Firefighters Association
Joseph and Judith Fransoo
Gypsy Rose Ranch Ltd
Muriel Miller
First Filter Service
Dawsco Services Ltd
Candace Wheeler
John Johnson
Daniel Ho Young KIM
Dwane Burke
Cameron & Sara Olson
MaryLynn Kemp
Island Collective

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