Microsoft Canada to help kids CLICK with family and friends at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary



    Microsoft asks hospital's Youth Advisory Council for technology wish list

    CALGARY, May 28 /CNW/ - Microsoft Canada Co. (http://www.microsoft.ca),
together with the Children's Miracle Network
(http://www.childrensmiraclenetwork.ca/) announced today an initiative to
establish a Child Life Interactive Computers for Kids (CLICK)
(http://citizenship.microsoft.ca/articles/archive/2009/02/10/child-life-intera
ctive-computers-for-kids-click.aspx) program at the Alberta Children's
Hospital (http://www.calgaryhealthregion.ca/ACH/). CLICK has been deployed at
three other Canadian hospitals, providing wireless bedside connectivity,
Tablet PCs, software, hardware and Xbox(R) video game systems and games to
young patients in order to help create a sense of normalcy during
hospitalization. Microsoft Canada also provides funding for a Child Life
Specialist in each hospital to teach the children and their parents how to use
the technology.
    In a unique approach, representatives from Microsoft will meet with the
hospital's Youth Advisory Council today to devise better ways to help youth
connect with family, friends and school during lengthy or frequent periods of
hospitalization. This tactic of engaging with young people who will use the
program prior to implementation has led to innovative applications of bedside
technology in children's hospitals. In 2008, a meeting between Microsoft and
the Youth Advisory Council at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax led to the
inclusion of a virtual classroom
(http://news.microsoft.ca/press_kits/archive/2009/01/07/click-program-launch.a
spx).

    Quotes:

    "Microsoft Canada has been a generous supporter of the Alberta Children's
Hospital for many years. We are so grateful to have exceptional donors like
Microsoft Canada that look for innovative and exciting ways to help the kids
and families here at our hospital," says Saifa Koonar, Acting CEO of the
Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation. "The CLICK program will be an
extremely valuable addition to the hospital, allowing kids to connect with
family and friends and so much more. It is another terrific example of how
Microsoft Canada helps our kids focus on what they do best - being kids!"
    "Microsoft Canada is committed to providing access to technology and
education," said Gavin Thompson, Director, Citizenship, Microsoft Canada.
"I've seen firsthand how having the technological resources available can help
transform the hospital experience for young patients so that they feel less
isolated and better connected to loved ones and friends."

    Fast Facts:

    Microsoft has donated over $1 million to the CLICK program at the three
participating CMN hospitals. In addition, the program integrates a combination
of donations from Microsoft:

    
    -   Three years of funding support for a Child Life Specialist
    -   Wireless network
    -   Hardware and software (laptops, tablet PCs, web cameras and
        Microsoft(R) Windows Vista(R) operating system, Roundtable)
    -   Xbox and games appropriate for various age groups
    -   Technical support
    -   Internet connectivity
    -   Furniture (desks and chairs)

    The Alberta Children's Hospital will be the fourth CMN affiliated hospital
to establish a CLICK program in Canada. Hospitals that have the CLICK program
include:

    -   IWK Health Centre        
(http://news.microsoft.ca/press_kits/archive/2009/01/07/click-program-launch.a
spx) in Halifax, January 2009
    -   Hospitalier Universitaire du Québec (CHUQ)
        (http://www.microsoft.com/canada/media/releases/2007_09_11.mspx) in
        Québec City, August 2007
    -   Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
        (http://www.microsoft.com/canada/media/releases/2005_05_25.mspx) in
        Ottawa, May 2005
    

    About Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation

    The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation is the official fundraising
body for the Alberta Children's Hospital. The Foundation raises funds for
excellence in child health 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.

    About Children's Miracle Network

    Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization
dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for
children's hospitals and health foundations across North America. Each year,
the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada,
create miracles by providing the finest medical care, life-saving research and
preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries
of every kind. Through its year-round efforts to help kids, Children's Miracle
Network has raised more than $3.4 billion to date, most of which is donated a
dollar or two at a time by caring individuals across North America. In 2007,
Children's Miracle Network raised more than $42.7 million for the 14 Canadian
member children's hospitals/foundations and the 2.6 million children they
treated. To donate or to learn more, go to childrensmiraclenetwork.ca. Your
donations benefit your Children's Miracle Network hospital.

    About Microsoft Canada

    Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of
Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software,
services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full
potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting
and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in
Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country
dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place
and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit
www.microsoft.ca. For more information on Microsoft Canada's citizenship
initiatives, please visit www.citizenship.microsoft.ca.


    
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For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Bell, Media Profile, w. (416)
342-1836, c. (416) 937-4912, stephanie@mediaprofile.com; Trish Courage,
Associate, Communications, Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation, w. (403)
955-8845, c. (403) 875-7595, tcourage@achf.com

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