The Health Sciences Foundation and Volunteer Association to the Health Sciences Centre recently announced some very special grants, called Family CARE (Care Advancements Recommended by Employees) Grants. Applications for these grants come from frontline. Employees, who work the closest with patients at the Health Sciences Centre, submit requests for new or improved equipment to enhance the exceptional care they provide to patients and their families.
Thanks to a partnership between the Health Sciences Foundation and the Volunteer Association, $65,000 was available this year for the patient-centred enhancements suggested by staff at the Health Sciences Centre. “Each year we see the importance of these staff-initiated improvements to patient care,” said Glenn Craig, President and CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. “These grants really do provide the little things that make a big difference to patient care.”
This year saw 50 applications totaling over $192,000. To ensure that the grants have a significant impact, each application requires a Patient and Family Advisor’s endorsement along with that of a Manager and Executive Vice President.
In total 41 Family CARE grants, ranging from $105 to $7,400, were announced. Some of the items making a difference in 2015, thanks to the 2014 grants, include:
Since 2009, 218 Family CARE Grant initiatives have been funded at the Health Sciences Centre. “Donors can be proud of the investments they are making in improving care,” adds Craig.