QEII Foundation Working Miracles Capital Campaign Surpasses $42.5 Million Goal

    HALIFAX, NS, April 26 /CNW/ - Today, the Queen Elizabeth II Health
Sciences Centre Foundation (QEII Foundation) celebrated an historic
moment-announcing the Working Miracles Capital Campaign total of $43.5
million. Working Miracles is the largest capital campaign for health in
Atlantic Canada, and this campaign will have far-reaching benefits for all
Atlantic Canadians.
    Fred Fountain, Chair of the Working Miracles Capital campaign, told the
enthusiastic crowd, "In 2003, the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre
Foundation embarked on a capital campaign to support the hospitals that
comprise the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. Without much fanfare,
the QEII Foundation's Working Miracles was born - the goal - to raise
$42.5 million to enhance patient care for all Atlantic Canadians. In January
2005, the public phase of Working Miracles was launched. It was a time of
celebration which commemorated two years of dedication and hard work. Working
Miracles had reached 70% of its goal and had raised in excess of $30 million.
At that time, we knew the Foundation would achieve its goal - today we have
surpassed it. This is a proud day for Atlantic Canadians. We shared a vision
of creating a brighter and healthier future for Atlantic Canadians. We have
all played unique roles in this campaign, and this landmark announcement would
not have been possible without the dedication of health care staff,
volunteers, donors, and friends. On behalf of Working Miracles, I extend my
sincere thanks for your foresight and generosity."
    Through individual testimonials and a video presentation, the audience
heard from physicians and patients highlighting the impact of Working
    The Working Miracles capital campaign has focused its funding on three
areas of priority: world class medical research, community-based disease
prevention and health promotion programs, and state-of-the-art patient care
    The QEII Foundation in partnership with Dalhousie University, The
Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia Division, the Breast Cancer Foundation
Atlantic Chapter, and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia have worked
toward common goals. The establishment of endowed chairs in Population Cancer
Research, Breast Cancer Research, and Cardiovascular Outcomes Research will
have a profound impact on the health centre, the university, and medical
science. Endowed chairs are a catalyst for change. These chairs will attract
interest from scientists of distinction from around the world who will work to
advance medical research-here in Atlantic Canada.
    Community-based programs such as ANCHOR (a cardiovascular health
project), the Community Cardiovascular Hearts in Motion Initiative, and the
Compass Diabetes Primary Care Initiative are ground-breaking community-based
initiatives. These programs have been funded; have changed health care
delivery; and will serve as models for the future.
    In partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Health, the QEII
Foundation now is able to purchase new equipment showcasing the latest medical
technology which includes Positron Emission Tomography (PET). PET is a
powerful imaging technique - it is a new way to look at the human body. PET
will assist physicians in detecting serious illnesses such as cancer, heart
disease, and brain disorders like Alzheimer's disease.
    The QEII Foundation has made a significant investment in Robotic Surgical
Systems and Digital Echocardiography, has enhanced the Mobility Centre,
providing skills for those individuals who require rehabilitation and will
help facilitate the creation of the new Emergency and Trauma Centre.
    Working Miracles has forever changed the landscape of health care for the
Atlantic Region, and it has demonstrated that the possibilities are endless.
The goal of the QEII Foundation is to build on the momentum of Working
Miracles, and move forward as it continues to create a healthier future for
all Atlantic Canadians.

For further information:

For further information: Steve Jennex, Director of Communications, QEII
Foundation, (902) 473-5591

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