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QEH Youth Connection Program receives funding from TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board – November 27, 2018

Left to right: TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board members Quentin Bevan and Jamie Niessen; Manager of QEH Telemedicine and Library Services, Julie Cole (remotely, on screen); QEH Foundation Board member Steve Dunne; and, QEH Physiotherapist Tamara MacDonald.

CHARLOTTETOWN – The QEH Foundation is celebrating a $15,000 gift from the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board that will support equipment and technology for the Youth Connection Program in the Pediatric, Physical Medicine and Mental Health units at the QEH. In line with their focus on innovation to positively impact young Canadians, this investment will ensure patients have access to advanced technology as it relates to their health, education and social needs.

Julie Cole, Manager of QEH Telemedicine and Library Services, emphasizes the importance of this donation. “As technology advances, the need for this type of programming continues to rise,” says Cole.

Equipment and technology that will be purchased and dedicated to youth receiving rehabilitation in the Physical Medicine Unit is a videoconferencing system. This tool is a cost-efficient way to connect patients and their families to resources within P.E.I, as well as across the country and beyond. Recovering patients may find travelling to medical appointments emotionally and financially taxing and being able to remain in hospital or at home while communicating with specialists such as physiotherapists, here on the Island or out of province, removes those burdens. Additionally, patients are able to interact “face to face” with their support networks, which are invaluable in their recovery.

Funds will also enable the purchase of a smart board and laptop for the Mental Health Unit, providing a tool for patients to continue with their school work remotely by accessing educational opportunities including lesson plans, activities and presentations. Several iPads will be purchased for the Pediatric Unit, to engage patients undergoing long-term stays and time-intensive treatment sessions.  

Cole says the implementation of this programming is seamless for today’s youth. “This is the kind of technology that youth are familiar with, they already use technology as a way to receive information and connect with their peers, so there is comfort level when these tools are introduced into their recovery plans.”

TELUS Community Boards strive to enhance the quality of life for the youth in Atlantic Canada by funding youth-focused programs and initiatives.

Steve Dunne, QEH Foundation Board member, accepted the gift on behalf of the QEH Foundation and commends TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board for their investment in P.E.I.’s main referral hospital. “Thanks to this commitment to technology, young patients and their families will continue to receive high quality care and support, while remaining here at home in P.E.I.”