The Moose Jaw Health Foundation (MJHF) will hold its annual Healthcare Celebration on Tuesday, April 18 to thank donors, present Healthcare Philanthropy Awards, announce fundraising totals, and hear from patients and staff at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital.
This year's luncheon will be at the Moose Jaw Heritage Inn from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
The event is an invitation-only celebration of contributions made to the MJHF, the volunteers that give their time, and the healthcare workers who serve the Moose Jaw district and region.
"This is a chance for us to say thank you to our donors, and all our volunteers, and really everyone who helps us. (That help) equips our hospital today for a healthier tomorrow," said Kelly McElree, executive director of the MJHF. "So we'll be celebrating all the accomplishments in healthcare at our hospital and providing people an update on how all that money that's been raised is being invested to help people in Moose Jaw and surrounding communities."
The lunch is sponsored by Lifeline Canada for the 15th year, and will include the following presentations:
- A significant donation to the Saskatchewan Health Authority
- Mental Health and Addiction Services in Moose Jaw
- by Michael Sieferling, director of Mental Health and Addiction Services
- Critical Care at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital
- by Jann Kitts, registered nurse in the ER and ICU
- Announcement of the Healthcare Philanthropy Awards
- Prairie Hearts Quilters Guild
- Darlene Geib
- Moose Jaw Kinsmen
- Special guest
- A Patient's Story
- Camron Howe will share his experience in the Moose Jaw ER and why the MJHF is essential to healthcare in the community
Last year's donation to the SHA was for $480,865. Other presentations at the 2022 Healthcare Celebration were from MJHF board president Ryan Hrechka; Dr. Chun Huang, a urologist and cancer surgeon at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital; and Deign Salido, a respiratory therapist.
The 2022 Healthcare Philanthropy Awards were given to Paul Busse, a Moose Jaw firefighter who has volunteered with his band at many MJHF events; Rob Carnie, the voice of the Family First Radiothon, an important annual fundraiser; and Dr. Saqib Shahab, who was the province's chief medical health officer for the majority of the COVID pandemic.