Young patients, parents, and their medical teams will have access to an innovative new space when the doors open at the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan, thanks to a generous a donation of $450,000 by Kelly Panteluk Construction Ltd.

The donation was announced at an event hosted by the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan on January 12.

The new Multidisciplinary Assessment Room in the Pediatric Outpatient Department will provide assessment space to help children at risk for issues related to genetic disorders, neuo-motor disorders, metabolic disorders and many other acute or chronic conditions.

“We are very grateful for the support of KPCL in helping to create such a unique space within the new maternal and children’s hospital,” says Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. “KPCL’s generosity is helping to ensure that our new hospital has the leading edge facilities and equipment it needs to improve treatment for our province’s children and families.”

The space will allow professionals to work with children and assess their physical and emotional needs, and provide a space for members of the multidisciplinary team, such as physicians, nurses, occupational and physiotherapists, and speech-language pathologists to thoroughly assess children.

“We take great pride in supporting the communities we build within and are committed to improved access to healthcare services and infrastructure in Saskatchewan,” says Kelly Panteluk of KPCL Construction. “The Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan will benefit families across the province and we are very excited to lend our support.”

The Panteluk family of KPCL presented this giant cheque to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan (CHFS) on January 12, donating $450,000 to the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. From left: Brynn Boback-Lane, CHFS; Mike Stensrud, Saskatoon Regional Health Authority; Jo-Ann Panteluk, MLA Ken Cheveldayoff, Riley Panteluk, Elly Panteluk, Mary Panteluk, Kelly Panteluk and Mayor Don Atchison of Saskatoon.

The Panteluk family of KPCL presented this giant cheque to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan (CHFS) on January 12, donating $450,000 to the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. From left: Brynn Boback-Lane, CHFS; Mike Stensrud, Saskatoon Regional Health Authority; Jo-Ann Panteluk, MLA Ken Cheveldayoff, Riley Panteluk, Elly Panteluk, Mary Panteluk, Kelly Panteluk and Mayor Don Atchison of Saskatoon.

“We extend our deep appreciation for KPCL and its generous contribution in supporting state-of-the -art care within the new maternal and children’s hospital,” says Mike Stensrud, Chair, Saskatoon Regional Health Authority. “This space will support our teams’ approach to multidisciplinary care and in developing an integrated plan of care. This is one way in which our care teams in Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan will have what they need to provide a better care experience for the babies, children, teens, and expectant mothers of our Region and our province.”

Glen, Anna, and Jennifer Olauson

Glen, Anna, and Jennifer Olauson at the gift announcement, telling Anna’s story.

The Olauson family of Saskatoon – Jennifer, Glen and Anna – is one that has benefitted from the help of a multidisciplinary team in Saskatoon Health Region. They told Anna’s story at the donor announcement.

Anna, now 7, was born premature with a heart condition and a genetic condition. She has spent many months in the hospital in her life, undergoing multiple surgeries and receiving treatments.

There are two groups of medical personnel who get involved when you have a sick child, Jennifer told the crowd. “The first group is those who have saved her life on multiple occasions – doctors, nurses, other staff who work in the NICU, PICU, emergency department, operating rooms, and on the wards. The second group of medical staff who have helped my daughter reach her full potential are the physical therapists, occupational therapists, the dietitians, speech therapists, the hearing and vision department, plus many more.”

Anna spent the first three months of her life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Shortly afterwards, the family began working with physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists and and dietitians.

“These professionals were able to assess her and her needs and got us on a plan to help our little girl reach her milestones,” Jennifer stated. “We will always be thankful to the doctors and staff who saved our daughters’ life. We are just as thankful to the medical staff that has supported our family in helping Anna reach her full potential and succeed in life.”

Kelly Panteluk Construction Ltd. (KPCL) is one of the largest privately owned heavy equipment earth moving and underground services company incorporated in Saskatchewan.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan is dedicated to raising funds for the enhancement of children’s healthcare and the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan.

For more information on how to donate, visit the Foundation’s website.

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