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A ground-breaking week-long pediatric heart camp in Saskatchewan just may be a vital first step in developing a Canada-wide chronic disease management program.

CHAMPS Healthy Heart Camp, focusing on the unique needs of the approximately 2,000 children in Saskatchewan living with congenital heart defects (CHD), launched last year as a pilot project at the University of Saskatchewan. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s the kind of news that strikes fear into the heart of any parent-to-be. Derek and Vicki Gross were no exception when, at 27 weeks into her pregnancy, Vicki was told she was going into labour. For five long days, medical staff did everything they could to delay labour. In spite of doctors’ best efforts, baby Calla came three months early, weighing just over two pounds. Read the rest of this entry »

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AREVA Resources Canada has donated $500,000 to support a Family Room in the Maternal Care Centre at the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s been a total whirlwind for 11-year-old Bella Arcand since she was chosen to throw the first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays game just a few weeks ago. But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Saskatoon girl from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation took the mound at Rogers Centre August 9 when the Blue Jays took on the Tampa Bay Rays. She was be joined by her mom Bev, little sister Ava, and 25 members of her extended family who traveled from across the country to see her big moment.  What’s remarkable about Bella’s story is that just three short years ago, she underwent a headline-making surgery to disconnect half of her brain to treat a rare neurological disease called Rasmussen’s Encephalitis (RE). Read the rest of this entry »

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Children needing to stay overnight at Saskatchewan’s new maternal and children’s hospital have received a welcome boost from a Saskatoon family. Ian and Barbara McNaughton and family are supporting a new Pediatric Inpatient Room at Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan, which is currently under construction. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s been over 20 years since they last spent time in NICU, but for three years, it seemed like Vincent and Michelle Dziadyk were permanent residents.

Daughter Toni, and sons Levi and Drew were all born premature and spent several weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Saskatoon until they were healthy enough to go home. It was a difficult period for the young parents and one that they never forgot. While the kids, ranging in age from 21 to 24, are now healthy, it left a lasting impression on the couple.   Read the rest of this entry »

Look across the river towards the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS) building site and you will see a changing skyline. In April, the team anticipated the new maternal and children’s hospital would be reaching up over the site’s parkade and that has now become a reality.

Main floor of Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan begins to peek just above the RUH parkade top deck.

Main floor of Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan begins to peek just above the Royal University Hospital parkade top deck.

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Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan: Our Journey to Opening Day

It’s midnight. Your six-year-old has been running a high fever for a few days and you have been in emergency trying to determine what is happening. The decision has been made to admit your little one to pediatrics. When your child is registered, your child receives a wrist band and you notice a little box on it filled with tiny black squares. And this week, you will see that little box already making an appearance in some pediatric units at Royal University Hospital.

Sample arm band with new bar code

Sample wrist band with new bar code

You might not think much of it all, but that little box is the first step in fulfilling a vision of a digital hospital for Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. Read the rest of this entry »

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