CALGARY, Sept. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, ATB Financial associates and
clients made a gift to the Alberta Children's Hospital that will
support life-saving care for some of the most critically-ill children
in Southern Alberta, southwestern Saskatchewan, and southeastern
ATB's 14th annual Teddy for a Toonie campaign raised $331,000 to support the
hospital's Pediatric Critical Care Transport Program (PCCTP).
"With this generous donation from ATB Financial, severely sick and
injured children in rural areas of southern Alberta, along with parts
of Saskatchewan and BC, will benefit from specialized pediatric
intensive care services even before they enter the doors of our
hospital," says Saifa Koonar, President and CEO of the Alberta
Children's Hospital Foundation. "When every minute counts, parents are
so grateful for the expertise that is available for their children as a
result of this life-saving program."
"Our hospital is equipped with highly-trained pediatric specialists and
the latest medical equipment and technology designed for treating
children - much of which is not available at general hospitals," says
Tanya Spence, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Program Coordinator for the
PCCTP. "Our experts take a "portable intensive care unit" out to help
kids too sick to be cared for in many of Alberta's smaller
communities." Rushing by plane, helicopter or ground ambulance to begin
treating children on site, these experts continue to provide
life-saving care while transporting them to the Alberta Children's
Hospital where they can benefit from the hospital's full Emergency
Department and ICU resources.
"ATB has strong roots in rural Alberta, so the Pediatric Critical Care
Transport Program is near and dear to our hearts," says Wellington
Holbrook, ATB's Executive Vice-President, Business and Agriculture. "We
want to make sure every child in Alberta has the same access to the
very best medical care, no matter what his or her address is.
Hopefully, this year's Teddy for a Toonie contribution helps continue
to make that possible."
Over the last fourteen years, ATB Financial has raised $6 million for
Alberta children's health and wellness. ATB fundraising activities
during the campaign range from raffles to auctions to golf tournaments.
From May 1 - May 31, 2013, customers also donated $2 to the cause by
entering a draw to win a teddy bear at each ATB Financial location.
About ATB Financial ATB Financial is the largest Alberta-based financial institution, with
assets of more than $33 billion. ATB provides personal, business,
agriculture, corporate and investor financial services to more than
662,000 Albertans and Alberta-based businesses in 242 communities. ATB
provides service through 171 branches and 130 agencies, mobile,
telephone, and online banking, a Customer Care Centre, and automated
banking machines. ATB was established in 1938 and has been a provincial
Crown corporation since 1997. ATB has won numerous national workplace
awards, including recognition as one of Canada's best 50 employers. ATB
Financial turns 75 this year.
About the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation raises funds for excellence
in child health, research and family centred care. Through the
generosity of donors, the Foundation provides funding for innovative
programs, state-of-the-art equipment, advanced medical training and
internationally recognized pediatric research. Its support for research
dates back more than 30 years.
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SOURCE: Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
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