2020 Disbursements

Your Donations At Work

Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation disbursed $38,336.907 in urgent maternal and pediatric needs and Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020. In addition to the funds raised above, $100,000 was designated for a research chair position in the pediatric department for exceptional researchers and research needs.

Department of Pediatrics

Family Resources

Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Library Resources
Funds to provide additional resources and support to best support the different groups of patients/families and physicians/clinicians at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital. This grant included a public access computer terminal, print and electronic materials for SHA staff, patients and families members, electronic access for SHA physicians/clinicians to specific drug and point-of-care resources, NeoFax and STATdx, and licenses for SHA staff for PEPID Pediatric Emergency Medicine mobile app.




Cardiohelp Lung Support System Accessories
This critical piece of equipment will help save the lives of children suffering from respiratory failure who have not responded to standard treatments. It is extremely useful in cases such as severe influenza A (H1N1) pneumonia, which often results in children needing to be ventilated, suffering from severely low oxygen, and spending time in PICU. Influenza A has devastatingly resulted in the deaths of several Saskatchewan children this flu season, and the need for the Cardiohelp machine has never been higher.


Dr. Nikel
Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship
This fellowship at the University of Manitoba involves training in high-risk obstetrics, diagnosis and management of obstetrical complications, and obstetrical ultrasound. Following Dr. Nikel’s fellowship, she will be returning to Saskatoon to work with the Maternal Fetal Medicine group.

Dr. Melendez
Pediatric Radiology Fellowship
Dr. Melendez is receiving special training in x-ray, ultrasound, CT, MRI, fluoroscopy and nuclear medicine imaging in pediatric patients in Edmonton, Alberta. Once complete, she will be returning to Saskatoon to be a part of the radiology group at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital/University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Weiler
Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Fellowship
Dr. Weiler is 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 and 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 Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital.

Patient Care


Palliative Care
Creating Lasting Legacies (Yr 1 of 3)
The Creating Lasting Legacies program in Regina offers families a chance to create tangible items that help build and maintain memories of their child. Most of these activities will involve the child, parent or caregiver and siblings in hands on creation of mementos to have when their child passes. Books and other educational materials are supplied to help families better articulate their fears, ask questions and face the difficult task of caring for a gravely ill child.

Empty Arms – Supporting Families Through the Unimaginable
Empty Arms Perinatal Loss Support Services is a registered charity that provides companion support, professional photography and mementos for families who have lost a baby. They support families in hospital as well as before, during and after the birth of their baby. While in-person care and support are centred at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, they support families from across the province.


Palliative Care
End of Life Resources for Bereaved Families
Bereavement is a crucial piece of patient-centred care. In the tragic event that a family loses a child, a sustainable bereavement program needs to be in place at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital. Staff can now offer families comfort by providing them with resources and memories to honour their children and to feel supported in their grief once they leave the hospital.

Child Life
Increased Funding for Music Therapy
Music Therapy can help with pain reduction, increasing positive coping skills, creating opportunities for socialization, emotional and self-expression, anxiety reduction and developmental stimulation, improving fine/gross motor skills and more. These additional funds are allowing the Music Therapist at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital to work more hours, including group therapy sessions.


Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program
Seeing and Moving: A Visual Vestibular
This course aims to help increase the understanding of the visual and vestibular system and provide more researched-based treatment approaches for children with differences in processing this type of sensory information from their environments.

Acute Care Pediatrics
“FEES” for Pediatric Swallowing Disorders
The “FEES” (fiberoptic endoscopic swallow evaluation) program provides the pediatric population with a method of assessing swallow function without exposure to radiation. It is a gold standard approach to assessing and diagnosing swallowing disorders in pediatric patients.

Sonography Course
This nationally and internationally recognized course covers all aspects of echocardiography. It includes a selection of video cases of normal and abnormal echocardiographic examinations, in particular with reference to newer techniques that are having more applications in pediatric echocardiography.

General Pediatrics
Grand Rounds: Visiting Lecturer Program (Yr. 3 of 3)
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.

SOS Approach to Feeding Conference (2 attendees)
This conference is designed to educate professionals in various disciplines about an evidence-based assessment and treatment program for kids with feeding-related challenges.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Johns Hopkins Critical Care Rehabilitation Conference
The 8th annual Johns Hopkins Critical Care Rehabilitation Conference offers the specific education required to provide excellent connected care for the children of Saskatchewan. The objectives of the conference include: description and discussion of how to change PICU clinical practice to implement early rehabilitation programs, provision of strategies to engage critically ill patients and their families for activity and mobility and education around communication and psychology-based strategies for the above. Instruction around the management of sedation and delirium for pediatric patients to promote PICU mobility is also included. Gaining the knowledge in these areas would make a huge impact in providing the best care to our pediatric patients in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Health Authority
CAPWHN Conference (Yr. 1 of 10)
The Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses (CAPWHN) represents women’s health, obstetric and newborn nurses from across Canada. CAPWHN aims to promote excellence in nursing practice, leadership, education and research in the areas of perinatal and women’s health care.

Children’s Healthcare Canada Annual Conference (Yr. 1 of 5)
Children’s Healthcare Canada is the only national association that enables local improvements and contributes to system-wide change by building communities across the full continuum of care. This conference is the largest annual meeting of the child and youth healthcare provider community in Canada. It engages a broad stakeholder group of around 400 delegates that include hospital CEOs, CFOs, Senior Administrators, Physicians, Clinical Directors, Multidisciplinary Practitioners, Policy Makers, Researchers, Families, Youth and more.

CPPC & CHC Board and Membership Fees
This annual conference is the largest annual meeting of the child and youth healthcare provider community in Canada. It engages broad stakeholder groups including Hospital CEOs, Chief Financial Officers, Senior Administrators, Physicians, Clinical Directors, Multidisciplinary Practitioners, Policy Makers, Researchers, Families, Youth and many others.

Visit to IWK: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program
Provincial Pediatric Hematology Oncology transitioned from the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic and began operation at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital when the doors to our new hospital opened in 2019. The co-location of inpatient and outpatient hematology oncology care for children within our building provides the opportunity to establish a robust and excellent local program, as well as a provincial program with Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital as the hub for service delivery. A site visit to IWK Centre to learn about their program will help us ensure the best delivery of services possible.

Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Capital Disbursements

Opened September 29, 2019, Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital offers 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 offers neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and general pediatrics, pediatric emergency and ambulatory services. Maternal services include labour and delivery, antepartum, and postpartum. The 176-bed facility provides the highest quality of care and puts Saskatchewan at the forefront of research and innovation.


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

IBM Project

“Facilitators and Barriers to the Breastfeeding Practices of Refugee Mothers”
Dr. Shela Hirani, Faculty of Nursing, University of Regina
Breastfeeding is an essential and complete source of nutrition to promote young children’s growth and development. Supporting breastfeeding practices of women is vital to reduce the number of child deaths and illnesses. Saskatchewan has had a noticeable increase in refugee population with young children who were forced to flee their country of origin and seek refuge in Canada for their safety and well-being. Refugee mothers as one of the vulnerable groups are at high risk to discontinue their breastfeeding practices if they lack access to need based services or adequate support in healthcare settings of their host country. This research intends to give voice to breastfeeding refugee mothers who belong to diverse cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, and are accessing and utilizing healthcare services in Saskatchewan. This project intends to uncover a range of factors that facilitate or hinder breastfeeding practices of refugee mothers accessing and utilizing healthcare services in Saskatchewan. This study will be undertaken in three main cities of Saskatchewan, including Regina, Prince Albert and Saskatoon. Refugee mothers with young children (age range 1 day to 24 months) will be eligible to participate in the study regardless of their breastfeeding practices. Our research will help health care providers, policy makers, and healthcare settings in Saskatchewan to develop need-based breastfeeding support interventions to protect breastfeeding practices of refugee mothers and improve the well-being of young children.

“Supporting Caregivers of Children and Adolescents with Mental Health and Addiction Disorders”
Dr. Hua Li, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
For children and adolescents with mental health and addiction (MHA) disorders, their caregivers (most commonly parents) are a lifelong resource and play a vital role in supporting and helping them to make progress toward a recovery goal. Although family caregivers are the backbone of the healthcare system, providing unpaid care, mostly in the community, they receive very little support. They often bear an increasing amount of distress and experience poor mental and physical health. With growing evidence that children’s and adolescents’ well-being is significantly affected by their caregivers’ mental health, the well-being of caregivers should be placed as a top priority in improving the quality of care for children and adolescents with MHA disorders. To support caregivers of children and adolescents with MHA disorders, an interdisciplinary research team, consisting of a patient family advisory member, mental health nurses, a decision-maker, and researchers, will collaborate with the MHA Services in Saskatoon, and a local application-developer, Refresh Enterprises, to develop and test a smartphone app that we hope will improve caregiver wellness, social connectedness, and life satisfaction. We plan to build a community of caregivers where individuals can obtain information and support and navigate healthcare services through this innovative internet-based smartphone tool. This project has great potential to impact the health of Saskatchewan residents as unquestionably, when caregivers remain healthy and productive in their roles, this has an immediate impact on health care costs, quality of life for both caregivers and their children, and the health of communities.

“Oral Health as a Determinant of Childhood Arthritis Occurrence and Outcomes: Towards Improving Care of Childhood Arthritis by Optimizing Oral Health”
Dr. Alan Rosenberg, Department of Pediatrics, University of Saskatchewan
The goal of this research is to investigate a connection between diseases affecting the teeth, gums and jaw and childhood arthritis occurrence, treatment responses, and outcomes. There is evidence in adults that diseases affecting the teeth and gums can be associated with arthritis. However, there is very little information about the relationship between oral health status and childhood arthritis. This project’s overarching aim is to learn more about the relationships between oral health and childhood arthritis. This new information from this novel research is expected to show that optimizing oral health in children with arthritis will improve the arthritis.

The study’s objectives are to learn if diseases of the teeth, gums and jaw are: common in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA); associated with more aggressive JIA disease activity, poorer response to therapy, and less favourable arthritis outcomes; associated with certain infections in the mouth; and, more prevalent in children with JIA who have associated damage of the jaw joint due to arthritis.

The aims of this research are to: determine the frequency of dental cavities, gum inflammation, and jaw joint disease in children with JIA; and, determine if oral health status and the population of bacteria in the mouth are associated with more aggressive joint disease and less favourable arthritis treatment response and outcomes in JIA.


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