2018 Disbursements

Your Donations At Work

Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation disbursed $8,739,686 in urgent maternal and pediatric needs between August 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018. In addition, $100,000 was designated for a research chair position in the pediatric department for exceptional emerging researchers and research needs.



PICU Transport Team
Airborn Neonatal & Pediatric Transport Conference
This conference is uniquely designed, specifically for neonatal and pediatric transport professionals. It provides educational lectures on innovative approaches and relates the latest advances in neonatal and pediatric transport from experts around the world.

NICU Transport Team
Airborn Neonatal & Pediatric Transport Conference
This conference is uniquely designed, specifically for neonatal and pediatric transport professionals. It provides educational lectures on innovative approaches and relates the latest advances in neonatal and pediatric transport from experts around the world.



Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program
Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine Conference
This conference is the ideal opportunity to understand Cerebral Palsy Hip Surveillance protocol creation and implementation. In conjunction with the Pediatric Orthopedic surgeons, there is a plan to design a Saskatchewan provincial program that will improve existing hip and spine surveillance.

Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program
Pediatric Gait Analysis and Orthotic Management
This course will allow Saskatchewan children with movement disorders receive the best care available when it comes to management of their lower extremity orthotics and maximizing their functions in terms of gait. This complex course offers hands on practice, interactive learning, and discussion of case studies helping train therapists in required measurements and calculations.

National Emergency Nurses Association Conference
This conference covers best practice for situations commonly found in Pediatric Emergency Departments. Topics included concussion, cognitive bias, intentional vs. unintentional injuries, recognizing patterns of injury, patient flow, and more.

Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Fellowship
Dr. Weiler will be working with the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Clinic at SickKids Hospital to gain skills in assessment and medicolegal report writing in cases of suspected child maltreatment. Saskatoon & area has been without a Specialist in Child Maltreatment for more than 10 years. Dr. Weiler has shown great passion and commitment to this area, and will be returning to Saskatoon upon completion of his Fellowship to open a child maltreatment clinic/service for the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital.

Maternal Fetal Medicine
Dr. Lane is mid-way through a 2 year Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Manitoba. This Fellowship involves extra training in high-risk obstetrics, diagnosis and management of obstetrical complications, and obstetrical ultrasound. Saskatoon has a busy Obstetrical and Fetal Assessment Unit, which will allow Dr. Lane to put training into clinical practice on a daily basis upon her return.

Pediatric Anesthesiology
Dr. Munshey is participating in a ACGME accredited Fellowship that will provide comprehensive clinical experience in Pediatric Anesthesia allowing Dr. Munshey to acquire knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to become a Perioperative Consultant in Pediatric Anesthesia. Training includes all subspecialties of pediatric anesthesia, pain management, regional anesthesia, critical care, and more.

CAPWHN Conference
The conference helps provide patients with the most up-to-date, evidence-based nursing care providing tools and strategies to improve the quality of perinatal and women’s health nursing care and safety. A large component in this year’s conference is breastfeeding and supporting parents.

MothersFirst Maternal Mental Health Conference
Attending this conference helped members of the Maternal Services team better understand identifying risk factors for maternal depression as well as the effects of untreated maternal depression on mothers and children. Maternal mental health was identified as an important area to develop by the Patient Family Advisory Council.

Dept. of Pediatrics Grand Rounds: Visiting Lecturer Program
The Visiting Lecturer Program will consist of 9 – 12 visiting speakers per year from across Canada and the United States. Lecturers will be identified based on their clinical, research, and advocacy expertise, and will be vetted by the Grant Rounds committee and/or other Departmental members.

Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions
This conference provides the most scientific content and presentation of leading edge research in the area of inherited heart rhythm conditions. It is an important chance to meet colleagues and develop a network of people in the cardiac genetic field.

Pediatric Echosonography Course
This course covers cardiac embryology; the normal fetal and postnatal heart and their circulations; hemodynamics; scanning views and techniques; congenital and acquired cardiac pathology and its appearance on the echocardiogram.

CAPHC Conference
The CAPHC Conference is held annually and brings together managers, senior administrators, and physicians, clinical and operational directors from children’s hospitals across Canada. The theme of this year’s conference is “Engaging Children, Youth, and Family: Are You Ready to Move Beyond Good Intentions?” Attendees learned to take the next steps toward making patient and family engagement a reality.

11th Annual International Forum on Pediatric Pain
The Interdisciplinary Pediatric Pain Clinic was established in 2009. The team has worked together to establish a successful clinic, the only one of its kind in Saskatchewan and services the province; 40% of patients are from outside Saskatoon and area. Chronic pain affects 10-38% of children and 5% of children have pain related disability. The Pediatric Pain Clinic’s team will benefit from the 11th annual International Forum on Pediatric Pain.

Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors Annual Conference
This conference provides education around the most current information regarding genetic conditions and gentic testing technology. It provides a unique opportunity for networking with other Genetic Counsellors.

Canadian Apheresis Group Annual General Meeting
Training for the Apheresis Program in PICU in Saskatoon began August 2015. The team includes 3 lead physicians and 14 RN operators. Since the program began, the team has provided over 150 treatments on 11 patients. The opportunity for team members to attend this conference and learn outcomes from case studies from other centers is invaluable to the program.

Perinatal Loss Conference & Working Group
The Department of Maternal Services in Saskatoon has the highest number of deliveries in the province at approximately 5,600 births. Of these yearly deliveries, around 50 of them are losses; thereby requiring that nurses provide supportive care to the grieving family. This conference and working group was developed to provide the most appropriate tools and resources to nurses to better manage perinatal loss and support grieving families.

Child Health Trainee Research Fund
The Child Health Trainee Research Fund was created to further enhance and expand child health research within the Department of Pediatrics and University of Saskatchewan. In particular, the Department is intent on expanding opportunities for research training at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels thus ensuring trainees contribute to the generation of new knowledge through research.

SOS Approach to Feeding Workshop
Early positive feeding experiences are fundamental to the healthy development and growth of all children. Early identification and resolution of feeding difficulties is crucial to many areas of development as well as preserving positive family dynamics. The area of pediatric feeding and swallowing is very specialized and requires additional training to build on what Speech-Language Pathologists learn during their Master’s degree.

UpToDate Subscription
UpToDate ™ is the most widely recognized electronic clinical care reference database in the world. It offers frequently updated, evidence based reviews that ensure the most current information is being applied to patient care.

Western Canada Pediatric GI Conference
This weekend conference brings together Pediatric GI team members including specialists, physicians, nurses, dietitians, and more. The goal is to collaborate, educate, and share information surrounding IBD, celiac disease, and other general GI issues.

Association for Educators of Children with Medical Needs Conference
Attendees of this conference are all teachers of students with medical health needs and are employed at various children’s hospitals or pediatric departments across North America. Topics at this year’s conference include working with students who have hematology/oncology conditions; have suffered a traumatic brain injury; have cystic fibrosis, eating disorders, or other chronic health conditions; and are dealing with challenges for students returning to school after pediatric cancer.

Sponsorship of the Pediatric Rheumatology Program
The Pediatric Rheumatology Program at the University of Saskatchewan hosted a project orientation workshop on May 2018. This program is used to heighten awareness of childhood arthritis in Saskatchewan and promote research.





NICU Transport
Criticool Mini
Hyperthermia has been shown to be associated with increased risk of adverse outcomes in neonates with moderate to severe HIE. Hyperthermia therapy is critical to avoid further potential brain injury or death to the infant. This technology allows nurses to start the cooling process immediately, and makes a huge difference in the cognitive future of infants, reducing mortality rates in our youngest population.

PICU Transport
Transport Ventilator
Before the purchase of this transport ventilator, the PICU transport team only had one transport ventilator that had to be shared between the day team and night team. Due to overlap between the day and night teams, one team often had to go without a ventilator. That meant that the team had to use a breathing bag. While breathing bags can work, they leave room for human error, as each breath must be the exact same. The purchase of an additional transport ventilator ensures that each breath is timed perfectly with the right pressure.

PICU Transport
Transport Isolette
The transport isolette helps stabilize a baby’s temperature during transport in up to 40-degree weather. This piece of equipment is extremely vital to keep such small patients warm, especially during cold Saskatchewan winters. Because each isolette operates differently it adds stress and learning time for the Pediatric Transport Team when trying to treat and stabilize a patient. Having an isolette that is dedicated for use by the transport team will allow the team to focus on treating the patient. The isolette will also be compatible with the transport ventilator and work together to stabilize and support vulnerable young patients.



Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program
Augmentative Alternative Communications Equipment
Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program has acquired a variety of communication devices to create an assessment station. This station will provide a wide variety of devices for therapists to try with clients. These communication devices improve the quality of life of the patients, providing them with access to communication. Communication allows us to interact with our environments and impact our world. These communication devices empower patients to: make requests, reject ideas and objects, comment, question, protest, and inform.

BiliBlanket Meter II Checker
The BiliBlanket Meter II Checker is used to ensure that the BiliBlanket and BiliSoft blanket is emitting enough irradiance to treat newborn jaundice. Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin and eye of newborns, which is caused by a buildup of bilirubin in the blood system. Almost 60% of term newborns are affected by jaundice, and 2% are at risk for severe jaundice.

LigAsure FT Series Covidien Energy Platform
At the time of delivery, blood flow to the uterus is extraordinary. In a situation where the bleeding at delivery is excessive and life threatening, this equipment is used to minimize blood loss, allowing surgeons to move more quickly in controlling bleeding. This can help to decrease the need for blood transfusion, allowing new moms to breastfeed and bond with their new baby more readily.

Pediatric Outpatients
Nox T3 Sleep Study Devices
Pediatric patients with untreated sleep apnea can have problems with daytime behaviour and attention span. It can also affect brain development and lead to heart failure. Children with obstructive sleep apnea require diagnostic tests and treatments different from that of adults and it is important to obtain an accurate diagnosis. The addition of two Nox T3 Sleep Study Devices will significantly expand the current pediatric sleep study program in Saskatoon. This program is the only place for pediatric sleep studies for children in central and northern Saskatchewan and runs sleep studies 7 days a week. Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a child’s breathing becomes partially or completely blocked repeatedly during sleep.

Neonatal Bronchoscope
The Division of Pediatric Anesthesia provides perioperative anesthetic care for children from newborns to teenagers. Unfortunately, there was no bronchoscope for newborn babies. Using a bronchoscope that is too large can cause scarring of the trachea. A 2.2mm bronchoscope will allow health care workers to place breathing tubes that are an appropriate size for newborn babies.

CMAC Video Laryngoscope
On some of the smallest patients in Saskatchewan, there is absolutely no room for error when doctors intubate to help babies breathe. This portable and flexible system is perfect for emergency, trauma, and difficult intubations. This pocket-sized laryngoscope makes it easier for doctors to see what’s happening, which means it’s easier on tiny patients whose heads are often smaller than the palm of your hand!

TCM Combi Monitoring System
Conventional blood oxygen measurement systems can cause significant blood loss and pose an infection risk for babies. The TCM Combi Monitoring System is a “no pokes” machine that uses a simple sensor placed on an infant’s skin, providing non-invasive monitoring of their blood oxygen levels in a situation where every second counts. The primary goal in the care of sick premature babies is to ensure adequate oxygen supply to their tissue and vital organs. If changing levels go undetected, they can cause severe cerebral damage.

InTouch Vita Robots
Thanks to support from the RBC Foundation, JPCHF was able to purchase two InTouch Vita Robots for Northern Saskatchewan. These robots will be stations in Prince Albert and le-à-la-Crosse while one robot will be non-static, moving between locations as required. The InTouch Vita Robots allows physicians to interact directly with patients in real time through a smartphone or tablet. It offers local health teams a simple solution to assess, manage, triage, and transport pediatric patients before and after hospitalization.

MRI Compatible Anaesthesia Machine
Not all anaesthesia equipment is safe for use during an MRI and can interfere with the quality of the MRI image, cause damage to the MRI equipment, or hurt the patient or health care workers. In cases where a pediatric patient must be put under for an MRI or procedure, having an MRI compatible anaesthesia machine is critical. The special equipment does not interfere with the image quality or equipment and is safe for the patients and staff involved.



Patient Care


Pediatric Oncology
Support of Synergy 8 Community Builders and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency




Pediatric Palliative Care
Creating Lasting Legacies
Technological advances in children’s health have greatly improved medical care and outcomes; however children continue to have incurable diseases that result in death. The number of Canadian children who received specialized pediatric palliative care between 2002 and 2012 has increased four-fold. This number will continue to grow. Legacy building helps health care providers assist parents, siblings, and the ill child to co-create memories and confirm that the dying child is loved and remembered. This project is contributing to the overall health of the family unit when a child is identified as requiring palliative care services.



MICYRN Partnership (3-year)
The Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network (MICYRN) is a federal not-for-profit, charitable organization that builds capacity for high quality applied health research. It links 20 maternal and child health organizations based at academic health centres in Canada; is affiliated with more than 20 practice-based research networks; provides support to new and emerging teams; and has established strong national and international partnerships. MICYRN is unique in the world for this type of collaborative engagement. Working together in coordinated fashion enables the sharing of innovations and reduces duplication of effort and resource use, which means more funds, can be spent on doing research.

Air Canada Transport Program

Safety & Health Education – (5920) – $2,322

PEDS Playroom Grants for Regina and Saskatoon


Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Capital Disbursements

Opening in late 2019, the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital will offer state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for children, mothers, and families from across our province. Centrally located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, our new children’s hospital will offer neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and general pediatrics, pediatric emergency and ambulatory services. Maternal services will include labour and delivery, antepartum, and postpartum. The 176-bed facility will provide the highest quality of care and put Saskatchewan at the forefront of research and innovation.



“Research Chair”
$100,000 restricted allocated for the initiation of a Pediatric Research Chair.

“The Chronic Pain Network” – Dr. Krista Baerg, Department of Pediatrics and University of Saskatchewan
Chronic pain is common and results in high healthcare utilization and lost productivity. This network will establish provincial patient registries and national clinical trials collaborative. The project will develop the infrastructure and momentum required to progress chronic pain research in Saskatchewan. The opportunity to participate in clinical trials will enable patients to access new treatments while treating those patients appropriately and safety. Many partnerships will exist nationally, provincially, within health regions and universities. This is a national collaborative spearheaded by internationally respected pain researchers.

“Indigenous Women’s Perspectives for Culturally Secure Birth Practices” – Dr. Angela Bowen, University of Saskatchewan
Indigenous women’s perspective for culturally secure birthing practices is a participatory research project that engages women in an Indigenous Women’s Birth Network to increase our understanding of culturally secure birth. The network will support women sharing their individual stories about their baby’s birth, participating in a talking circle, interpreting the study findings, and developing a photo/voice learning resource to increase the cultural competence and humility of care providers involved in maternity care. The project aims to enhance the maternal healthcare of Indigenous women that will in turn impact the health of the child and growing family.

“CHAMPS: Children’s Healthy-Heart and Activity Monitoring Program in Saskatchewan” – Dr. Tim Bradley, Department of Pediatrics
Congenital heart defects are one of the leading types of birth anomaly. Affected children can have abnormal arterial growth and development before and after birth producing increased stiffness of the arterial wall, a well-established risk factor for early onset of adult cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes. These children can also be of smaller stature, less physically active and at risk for mental health issues. Currently, no chronic disease management program addresses these health needs of the approximately 2400 affected children across Saskatchewan.
Building on previous work funded by Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation, more affected children are being recruited and their cardiovascular health, body composition, physical activity levels and psychological health will be monitored over the next 3 years. Baseline comprehensive assessments are performed in conjunction with an annual summer camp and compared to data from healthy age- and sex-matched children. Baseline testing includes basic heart, blood vessel and exercise measures to assess cardiovascular health; scans to assess body composition, bone and muscle health; interviews and accelerometry to assess physical activity levels; and questionnaires to assess psychological health. Annual re-testing will then be performed in conjunction with regular clinical follow-up visits. Our long-term goals are to identify which of these children will most benefit from exercise and lifestyle interventions as they transition into adulthood.
This project will be the first of its kind to provide comprehensive long-term monitoring of the physical and psychological health of these children. This new and innovative program tailored to each individual affected child’s health concerns, could then be used as a model to develop a Canada-wide chronic disease management program for children with congenital heart defects to optimize their growth, psychological and long-term cardiovascular health.

“Connected to Care: Uniting Patients, Families, and Practitioners Through a Plan of Care Portal for the Children’s Hospital of SK” – Tracie Risling, University of Saskatchewan
Hospital stays can be very overwhelming for both children and their family caregivers. Surroundings are unfamiliar; there are many members of the care team and a lot of information to try to remember. Research has shown that having access to information can help patients and caregivers feel more engaged in care, be more active in decision-making, and in general feel more satisfied with the hospital experience. Electronic patient portals are a new way to provide this essential information directly to patients or caregivers. These portals can be accessed on a tablet or other mobile device and can be very effective in influencing engagement and communication with the care team. Research has been done on patient portals with adult participants but the use of this technology for pediatric patients is very new. This project will give families an opportunity to work in collaboration with the research team, healthcare practitioners, and software developers to create a new Plan of Care Portal (POCP) designed specifically for the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. The research project is planned for three years, and will be done in three phases. Family caregivers and healthcare practitioners will contribute their ideas to the design of the POCP in the first phase of the project. Next, technology experts in the health region and project software developers will work to build and test the POCP. In the final phase, the research team will partner with nurses and family caregivers to evaluate the POCP over a six-month pilot period in the acute care setting. Select nurses will have tablet devices to offer the caregivers of patients under their care. If they choose to participate, the caregivers will use the portal and answer survey questions about the experience. Data logged during portal use will also help complete the evaluation.

“Intrauterine Inflammation as a Determinant of Pregnancy Outcome and Child Health” – Alan Rosenberg, Department of Pediatrics
The goal of this research is to improve understanding of the earliest origins of chronic diseases by studying how inflammation occurring during pregnancy can affect the occurrence of diseases in the child after birth. Chronic diseases in Canada and in Saskatchewan are major burdens for affected patients, their families, and society. Prematurity; obesity and obesity-related diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease; asthma; bone and joint diseases; and nervous system disorders represent major health burdens. There is strong evidence that inflammation occurring during pregnancy can contribute to diseases developing later in the offspring’s life. In this study, we will identify factors in pregnant women, including blood markers and genetic characteristics that appear when inflammation is present. Having a panel of tests to detect inflammation during pregnancy will allow us to then study how inflammation during pregnancy is associated with premature birth, impaired development of the nervous system, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, reduced bone quality, and respiratory conditions such as asthma.
With this research, our Saskatchewan team will be able to lead Canadian and international collaborations to investigate how genetics, lifestyle factors (such as nutrition, physical activity and reduced stress) and avoiding certain environmental exposures can help reduce inflammation during pregnancy to prevent disease and ensure healthy children now and into their long-term futures.

“Randomized Controlled Trial of the Internet-delivered Preoperative Preparation Program (I-PPP)” – Kristi Wright, University of Regina
Thousands of children have surgery every year, and for many children this is a stressful experience. For example children may cry, kick, or even screaming during this experience and these behaviors are related to negative outcomes such as prolonging induction of anesthesia as well as difficulties following surgery (e.g., separation anxiety, bed wetting). Surgical preparation programs prior to day of surgery are one approach employed to help children who are having an upcoming surgery and their families. However, well-designed, thorough programs have not been well integrated into hospital practice, which may be due to their high costs and low feasibility. Using the Internet as a way prepare children for an upcoming surgery may be an attractive option to address the existing concerns with traditionally delivered programs (i.e., expensive). Specifically, using the Internet as a method to prepare children for surgery would make the preparation widely accessible to parents and children would decrease having to visit the hospital prior to the day of surgery, is relatively inexpensive, and has little impact on the busy day surgery setting. To address this need, we designed an interactive, Internet-delivered preoperative preparation program for both child and parent. The present study proposes to evaluate this accessible approach for the preparation of children (3-10 years old) for surgery. Children will be randomly assigned to receive treatment-as-usual, access to an Internet preparation program, or access to an Internet preparation program and also have a parent present during the anesthetic induction process. It is anticipated that children in the Internet preparation groups and their parents will have significantly less worries than the treatment as usual group during the day surgery experience, particularly during the most stressful time point (i.e., anesthetic induction). It is anticipated that our innovative approach to surgery preparation will aid in reducing both child and parent worries during the during the day surgery experience and overall improve our ability to provide the best care possible for children undergoing day surgery and their families at the Royal University Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan.

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