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Brynn Boback-Lane recognized with national leadership award

Saskatchewan has received national recognition as Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation, was named the recipient of the Children’s Healthcare Canada Award for Individual Leadership. This award recognizes outstanding leadership by an individual who has dedicated his or her career to improving the health of children and youth in Canada.

Boback-Lane was nationally recognized by Children’s Healthcare Canada, a national association that enables local improvements and contributes to system-wide change by building communities across the full continuum of care in children’s healthcare across the country. Each year, millions of children and youth rely on the essential services delivered by Children’s Healthcare Canada member organizations, of which Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation is an active participant.

As the award recipient, Boback-Lane has exemplified leadership, creativity and initiative to promote positive change and long-term improvement for the health and well-being of children and youth in Saskatchewan and throughout Canada.

Boback-Lane was presented with the leadership award on Thursday afternoon at the Children’s Healthcare Canada virtual conference, taking place Nov. 16 to 20. Children’s Healthcare Canada acknowledged that recognition for Boback-Lane’s dedication and steadfast strategic direction in support of the advocacy and funding for the overall well-being and health of children exemplified this honour.

“I am humbled to accept this award, of which I proudly share with my Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation team. In order to transform healthcare, the benefits of working in partnership within our province and throughout the country ensures positive impact is achieved. It will remain a strategic priority that we seek and secure progressive actions that create a healthier future for our children in Saskatchewan and throughout Canada,” Boback-Lane said.

“Thank you to the work of Canadian children’s healthcare advocates, foundations, donors, and of course, our dedicated medical professionals of every pediatric and maternal discipline. You all motivate me to better appreciate that environment, equipment and innovation are keys to a brighter and healthier future for Canada’s children and their families. Thank you to Children’s Healthcare Canada for this most incredible award,” she added.

Boback-Lane has been the President and CEO of Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation since 1999, guiding the Foundation for 21 years. The culmination of her twenty-year vision arrived with the opening of the 176-bed Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital on Sept. 29, 2019. She and her team raised more than $75 million and secured an additional $50 million from donor Jim Pattison for this once-in-a-generation project that now provides world-class maternal and pediatric care in Saskatchewan.

Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital features 100 per cent private patient rooms, along with state-of-the-art equipment. The facility includes a dedicated pediatric emergency, Saskatchewan’s first pediatric surgical suites, and one of Canada’s largest Single Room Maternal Care Centres. Boback-Lane also ensured that supplementary funds were secured for additional enhancements, such as a pediatric catheterization lab, a pediatric sleep lab, and Canada’s first Teammates for Kids Child Life Zone.

Boback-Lane now continues to advocate for the next step in maternal and pediatric care in Saskatchewan. Under her leadership, the Foundation has funded ground-breaking research, as well as ensuring the equipment and technology found in Saskatchewan rivals that of major centres.

The Children’s Healthcare Canada Awards program has been running since 2005 and has served to recognize leaders and champions within the pediatric healthcare community. Children’s Healthcare Canada’s 2020 award recipients for Leadership in Media, Organizational Leadership, and Patient and Family Leadership are also being recognized during the virtual conference.

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