The Caritas Foundation's purpose is to support Covenant Health's 150-year legacy providing quality, compassionate care-healing the body, enriching the mind and nurturing the soul. Through our Lottery and other events throughout the year, the Caritas Foundation raises funds to help support leading edge programs and services, state of the art health care equipment, research and education. Your ticket purchase will touch the lives of thousands of patients and their families. Proceeds from the 2013 Lottery will support Covenant Health's Palliative End of Life Care Institute at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital. Palliative Care - Serving with dignity and compassion. Meet Ken Lane . . . Five weeks before Ken was diagnosed with stage four cancer, he completed an Ironman triathlon in California. An avid sailor and marathon runner with a spirit for life, Ken couldn't believe he had cancer. "I thought they were talking about some other guy," said Ken. In July 2012, Ken was in excruciating pain when he was admitted to the Tertiary Palliative Care Unit at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital. During his stay, he was able to get his pain managed to a point where he could enjoy one last day sailing with his wife. "It meant a lot to be able to sail that day," says Ken, who passed away on October 30, 2012.
Visit Ken's whole story on our News page at www.CovenantHealth.ca.
Each year, Covenant Health is privileged to walk with patients and families on their most difficult journey as they face the realities of a terminal
illness or losing a loved one to illness. Providing quality care at end of life is at the heart of our mission to serve with compassion, uphold the
sacredness of life in all stages, and care for the whole person—body, mind and soul.
The number of Albertans who will require these services is expected to increase by 33% by the year 2020. In response to this growing need, Covenant Health
is working to enhance its leadership role through a comprehensive Palliative Care and End of Life Strategy.
Covenant Health has been a leader in palliative care since opening its first hospital-based palliative care program at the Edmonton General Hospital in
1985. The program grew out of an identified need for more holistic, multi-disciplinary approaches, and better understanding of the complex/evolving nature
Building on this expertise, the Palliative End of Life Care Institute is located at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital. The Institute will focus on
palliative care from a terminal diagnosis to end of life needs through education, clinical support, administrative support and public outreach. Even with
the excellent care currently in place, patients will benefit greatly from a strong centre of excellence to help lead developments in palliative services
and support delivery of care in our communities.
Your support will ensure that all patients and families—no matter where they live in Alberta—have access to the support and holistic care they need when
facing the challenges of living with life-threatening illnesses and the comfort measures they need at the end of life.