QEII Health Sciences Centre

The QEII Health Sciences Centre takes care of Atlantic Canadians when they need it most. With 10 buildings on two sites, the QEII is the largest adult health sciences centre in the region. The QEII is the specialized care centre in areas such as heart health, cancer care, neurosurgery and organ transplantation. In addition to providing the most advanced care available, the QEII is the leading research centre and training facility for tomorrow's healthcare professionals.

QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation

For more than two decades, the QEII Foundation has been advancing health care at the QEII Health Sciences Centre by funding new technologies, medical research, innovation and professional education that contribute to life-changing moments experienced every day by patients and their loved ones. Their lives have been changed because of incredible support from the community. Together, we are transforming the QEII for Atlantic Canadians.

Together, transforming the QEII

 
 

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TAKING FIRST STEPS

In 2016, the QEII Foundation and the QEII's Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre celebrated the opening of The Grace Hansen Therapeutic Pool. A $1-million gift by the Hansen-MacDonald family led the QEII Foundation’s Revitalizing Rehab campaign, which saw the community come together and raise $2.6-million to change the lives of rehabilitation patients.

Last summer, my life changed in an instant when I dove into a pool, hitting the bottom, breaking my neck and damaging my spinal cord. I was paralyzed from the shoulders down. With much hard work and determination - and my amazing network of support - I took my first steps in The Grace Hansen Therapeutic Pool. In May 2017, I was excited to take my first 13 steps on land; a feat that may not have been possible without the therapeutic pool. Thank you for making this pool a reality and for changing my life and bringing me hope.

FROM THE HEART

Thanks to a community of donors, our From the Heart campaign has raised more than $4.5-million, including a $1-million gift from the Joseph Shannon family, to transform cardiac and vascular care at the QEII.Your generosity will fuel groundbreaking research, leading-edge care, and ensure that all four cardiac catheterization labs at the QEII can deliver the highest-level diagnostic imaging.

I had my first heart attack when I was just 27 years old. I was physically fit and active, but I also had a family history of heart disease that I couldn’t avoid. We successfully managed the disease with medication for nearly two decades until danger struck again. After my second heart attack, there was a lot of talk of open-heart surgery which was scary for my family and me. Thankfully the QEII’s heart health team recommended a safer and far less invasive solution. An angioplasty procedure and three stents later, and I am feeling better than ever. This year, I’ll walk my oldest daughter down the aisle for her wedding – an experience that wouldn’t have been possible without the world-class heart health care provided by the QEII. My care team gave me a second chance. Today, I’m grateful for every moment with my family.

UNLOCKING ANSWERS

Low back pain is the third most common condition seen at the emergency department; about 2,000 cases each year at the QEII. Through QEII Foundation Translating Research Into Care (TRIC) grants, and other national funding, Dr. Hayden and Dr. Magee are learning how to best implement diagnostic imaging guidelines for patients with acute low back pain. Their research will be a first in the world. In 2016-2017, thanks to the generosity of donors, $300,000 was awarded for several TRIC grants to advance care.

Research is important to change healthcare practice and advance evidence, inform decision making, and improve patient outcomes. At the QEII, we are very fortunate to have a Foundation - and donors like you - who value research and provide opportunities for researchers to ask questions and investigate important issues in health care. In research you never know where the pot of gold is at the end of the rainbow. While the results may not always be dramatic, you can make a big difference in people's lives. Thank you for your investment in healthcare research.

GUARDIANS of the OR

Anesthesia technology provides in-depth monitoring of patients at every moment during a procedure. Thanks to your generosity, complex information is made straightforward and is available at the fingertips of anesthesiologists, who, every day, contribute to lives saved at the QEII. Through the generosity of donors in 2016-2017, $8.3-million supported equipment and technology advancements, like anesthesia technology, at the QEII.

We monitor patients breath by breath...or beat by beat, when we look at a patient’s heart. Anesthesia machines and monitoring technology allow us to track every moment of a patient’s experience in the operating room. This equipment is fundamental to the way we conduct anesthesia. When I was a medical student in the 1980s, we measured a patient’s blood pressure by cuff and listened to their heart, looking at their EKG. Over the next decade, things like the ability to monitor oxygenation and the carbon dioxide in every breath allowed for a greater measure of safety. Today, the monitors we have show us the amount of muscle relaxation and even the depth of anesthesia that patients experience. Being an anesthesiologist is a lot like flying a plane. We’re incredibly vigilant at the beginning and the end, shifting to cruise control for the duration of the procedure – unless we hit turbulence. And while turbulence can strike at any moment, our team has never been better equipped to respond.

RIDING for cancer

On October 1, 2016, Ride for Cancer, powered by BMO Bank of Montreal, brought together a community of donors and riders to do something big for cancer. Together, we funded vital equipment for the QEII’s Medical Day Unit and an endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) – a less invasive technique to diagnose lung cancer, and other cancers and diseases. Proceeds also funded blood cancer research and patient education and support programs through our partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

I’m a registered nurse in the QEII’s Hematology Clinic and have participated in Ride for Cancer for the past two years. It’s so nice to be involved with a cause that hits close to home and so close to my heart. What I love most about Ride for Cancer is knowing exactly where the funds are going and the impact we’re making on cancer care at the QEII. The event itself – to see a community of people come together to make a difference - is amazing. I’ve seen past patients both riding and volunteering at Ride for Cancer. It’s very emotional and motivating.

STRIDES for Obesity

In October 2016, the Halifax Obesity Network hosted its first annual Strides for Obesity event – a walk to raise funds for the QEII’s Obesity Clinic. Funds raised support the clinic to help lower wait times. Community events, like Strides for Obesity, are organized and managed by volunteer groups or organizations, and individuals. Whether an intimate gathering or a room of hundreds, together these events raised $304,439 in 2016-2017.

When I tell people about my journey, I like to compare what I couldn’t do before to what I can do now. For example, I couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without taking a break. I couldn’t leave the house – I didn’t have a life. I had my gastric bypass surgery in March 2016 – six months before the Strides for Obesity event. It was my first exercise adventure post-op and it felt amazing to finish the three-kilometre walk. To those who have donated to Strides for Obesity, I want to say thank you. You really are making a difference in somebody’s life. It has given me a longer life and I can’t thank you enough. I’ve lost 100lbs since starting this program but my journey is far from over; I continue to push myself every day – last week I just picked up running!

SEEING is believing

Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) provides a quick view inside the body, at the bedside. These compact devices bring advanced imaging capacity to the physician directly involved in making immediate, accurate decisions for patient care. It allows healthcare staff to see a patient's heart, lung function, and their blood vessels. It can help diagnose fluid in the abdominal cavity and blockages in the kidneys - without moving a patient from bed. POCUS increases patient safety, and ensures patients receive the care they need, sooner. The QEII is full of champions, like Marko, who help lead projects with the QEII Foundation that help change lives.

As residents and staff of the Medical Teaching Unit at the QEII, we came together to raise funds for our patients. Our unit needs a Point of Care ultrasound (POCUS) machine and we are passionate about making that happen. We felt this was something we could do, and are obligated to do, to help our patients and make our jobs diagnosing and treating patients easier and more effective. This was our second year running in the Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon Charity Challenge to bring POCUS technology to our patients. We’ve received support from many angles, including QEII staff and physicians, our friends, family and broader community. Our patients have been integral to this process, as they are the purpose of this whole project. To anyone who has supported us along the way, thank you. It really does take a community to move a campaign forward. We’ll soon be able to purchase a Point of Care ultrasound and provide even better care to our patients.

OUR gift for the future

In 2016-2017, funds received from estate gifts amounted to more than $1.5-million and supported care areas such as:

Cancer care

Cancer research

Fibromyalgia research

Heart health

Palliative care

Patient care enrichment

Simulation-based learning

Veterans Memorial Garden

We are privileged as Canadians to have access to health care when it matters most. And as a former nurse and health reporter, I have great respect and tremendous gratitude for the QEII. My husband Bill and I have had remarkable experiences there. They've supported us, cared for us, and even saved Bill's life when diagnosed with cancer. How do you say thank you for this? For me, leaving a gift in my will to the QEII Foundation is like planting a seed. It will grow and blossom, spreading generosity and advancing health care for future generations of QEII patients.

We are grateful to the visionary donors who left estate gifts to the QEII Foundation in 2016-2017

Visionary Donors

 
 

OUR YEAR. Your Impact.

The true measurement of the QEII Foundation is the impact, that together, we are having on lives.

 

The QEII Foundation is proud to introduce our volunteer Board of Trustees

who through their leadership, help make the Foundation a strong, successful organization.

Meet our Trustees

THANK YOU.

Your compassion and generosity make a difference for the hundreds of patients, and their families, arriving at the QEII every day. By donating to the QEII Foundation, you are investing in the health of your community, helping to ensure the right care is available when our loved ones need it most.

Our Donors

Financial Statements

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If you want to receive a hard copy of our current Annual Report, please email info@qe2foundation.ca

Past Annual Reports

2014 - 2015 Annual Report (pdf)
2013 - 2014 Annual Report (pdf)
2012 - 2013 Annual Report (pdf)

 
 

QEII Foundation

5657 Spring Garden Road, Park Lane Mall, Floor M3,
Box 231, Halifax, Nova Scotia   B3J 3R4

Tel: 902 334 1546 
info@qe2foundation.ca