Capital Health in Edmonton presented with $100,000 Rotman Award

    Most prestigious award of its kind in Canada changing the way children
    receive home care

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - SickKids Foundation announced today the winner
of the second annual Rotman Award for Paediatric Home Care Innovation. As one
of the first community-based paediatric home care programs established in
Canada, Capital Health Edmonton Area Home Care Children's Services was
presented with the prestigious $100,000 award. Created by SickKids Foundation
and generously donated by Janis Rotman, The Rotman Award recognizes the need
to focus on and encourage excellence in paediatric home and community care
    "Across Canada, the range of home care services provided varies greatly
and the needs of children and youth are often not adequately addressed," said
Debra Campbell, Director, National Grants Program, SickKids Foundation. "This
year's recipient, Capital Health in Edmonton, provides the full spectrum of
paediatric home care including short-term, acute services, long-term services
and palliative care. They are a great model for what paediatric home care can
    Capital Health in Edmonton's model recognizes that children do best in
their own home with appropriate and adequate supports in place for the family.
Well over a decade ago, stakeholders in Capital Health allocated funding and
resources to develop Home Care Children's Services. Since its inception, the
program has provided support for children and families with 24 hour coverage,
seven days a week through a wide-ranging, integrated program that is delivered
by an interdisciplinary team. They currently care for 1,490 children and youth
per year through their services.
    "The Rotman Award is a visionary award helping to raise awareness and
ultimately change the way children receive health care today and in the
future," said Marguerite Rowe, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer,
Community Care, Rehabilitation and Geriatrics, Capital Health. "We recognized
the trend more than 10 years ago toward home care and understand how important
it is for a child to be cared for at home by their loved ones. We've been
making huge strides in providing support to parents and home care providers
and appreciate being recognized for our efforts."
    Children and youth up to the age of 18 account for an estimated 15 per
cent of all home care recipients. With vastly different needs from adults and
the elderly, children require specialty care givers, equipment and facilities
suited to their development stage. Families are struggling to find resources
to support them while caring for their child at home.
    The Rotman Award was established to recognize organizations which are
innovative in their approach and to promote best practices from which others
across the county can learn.
    The Rotman Award strives to reflect a number of core Canadian values that
engage Canadians and define our nation: inclusion, equality, diversity,
opportunity, community strength, and an ongoing investment in creative
solutions, the care of children, and the evolution of our health services. It
is also the largest annual recognition for best practice/excellence to a
non-profit organization. In addition, through this award, SickKids Foundation
is able to fulfill its mandate to increase knowledge in the under-explored
area of paediatric home and community health care programs.

    Capital Health in Edmonton
    Capital Health in Edmonton is Canada's largest health region and is
affiliated with the University of Alberta, providing integrated health
services to more than one million residents in Edmonton and the surrounding
area. Capital Health acts as a referral centre to Central and Northern
Alberta, the North and the Prairies, providing specialized services such as
trauma and burn treatment, organ transplants and high-risk obstetrics.

    SickKids Foundation
    SickKids Foundation was established in 1972 and is celebrating its
35-year anniversary. Its mission is to inspire its communities to invest in
health and scientific advances to improve the lives of children and their
families in Canada and around the world. Its vision is: "Healthier children. A
better world."
    In addition to its support of The Hospital for Sick Children, the
Foundation has a mandate to support children's health on a national basis.
SickKids Foundation invests $4 million annually across Canada in paediatric
research, focusing on issues important to children's health which have not
been addressed elsewhere.
    Home and community care for children, youth and families is an area where
research was virtually non-existent, and, as the shift of care to the home
increased, answers were needed with increasing urgency.

For further information:

For further information: Carol Duncan, Director, Public Affairs,
SickKids Foundation, Phone: (416) 813-8518, Pager: (416) 370-5295, Email:; Cecilia Bloxom, Senior Public Affairs
Officer, Capital Health, Phone: (780) 413-4730, Pager: (780) 445-3121, Email:

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