Wetaskiwin Health Foundation Meets Health Minister

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High quality healthcare services provided in Wetaskiwin are important for all residents, but perhaps even-more-so for seniors who find it difficult to commute to Edmonton or Red Deer for examinations and treatment. Top quality healthcare is also an important attribute when attracting individuals or businesses to the community. Top notch medical professionals follow top notch equipment. These are some of the reasons why each and every investment made to the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation is so important.

Occasionally, a donor with very good intentions wants to designate his/her donation to an item that may be ‘needed and nice’ but not high on the ‘needed and high priority’ list of Alberta Health Services; a new coffee maker for the staff who were so kind and helpful vs an important piece of surgical equipment. The gap between ‘nice’ and ‘high priority’ has potential to create an awkward situation for both the generous donor and the local Hospital.

Branin Thompson, Occupational Therapy Supervisor, Alberta Health Services, Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre sees first hand, how donations help provide healthcare services that go beyond government funding. But as a member of the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation Board of Directors, she also witnesses the frustration of aligning wishes of donors with needs of the Hospital. On July 25th, 2014 members of the Foundation Board and staff met with MLA Verlyn Olson and Health Minister, Hon. Fred Horne to discuss how the process might be modified to facilitate receipt of future donations.

Following the meeting Thompson commented, “ We, the board members of the Foundation, feel very grateful and privileged that Mr. Horne took time to meet with us personally. The meeting was very valuable in establishing a common goal of partnerships between Foundations and AHS on enhancing healthcare in Wetaskiwin. We are looking forward to collaborating on projects that fall in line with long term AHS planning for our community”

As budgets tighten and need for healthcare services increases, there is a growing reliance on the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation (WHF) to make up the short-fall. Unfortunately, every member in the Charity Sector is finding that maintaining societal expectations will depend on new resources – if we want programs and services in our community that exceed government funding then the community has to step forward.

However as stated by Foundation Chair, Murray Warnke, “We are extremely fortunate to have a community and surrounding area that cares and supports our efforts to improve healthcare. This support enables Wetaskiwin to boast that it has one of the best, if not the best, healthcare facilities for a community of this size in the entire province.”

Pictured: Minister Verlyn Olson, Lillian Dykes – ED Foundation, Murray Warnke – Chair Wetaskiwin Health Foundation, Minister Horne, Branin Thompson – Secretary, Foundation, Donna Andres – Vice Chair Foundation, Ken Ball – Board Member Foundation, Brenda Zilkie – Area Manager and Danny Gavan – Board Member Foundation. Photo by Barry McDonald

High quality healthcare services provided in Wetaskiwin are important for all residents, but perhaps even-more-so for seniors who find it difficult to commute to Edmonton or Red Deer for examinations and treatment. Top quality healthcare is also an important attribute when attracting individuals or businesses to the community. Top notch medical professionals follow top notch equipment. These are some of the reasons why each and every investment made to the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation is so important.

Occasionally, a donor with very good intentions wants to designate his/her donation to an item that may be ‘needed and nice’ but not high on the ‘needed and high priority’ list of Alberta Health Services; a new coffee maker for the staff who were so kind and helpful vs an important piece of surgical equipment. The gap between ‘nice’ and ‘high priority’ has potential to create an awkward situation for both the generous donor and the local Hospital.

Branin Thompson, Occupational Therapy Supervisor, Alberta Health Services, Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre sees first hand, how donations help provide healthcare services that go beyond government funding. But as a member of the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation Board of Directors, she also witnesses the frustration of aligning wishes of donors with needs of the Hospital. On July 25th, 2014 members of the Foundation Board and staff met with MLA Verlyn Olson and Health Minister, Hon. Fred Horne to discuss how the process might be modified to facilitate receipt of future donations.

Following the meeting Thompson commented, “ We, the board members of the Foundation, feel very grateful and privileged that Mr. Horne took time to meet with us personally. The meeting was very valuable in establishing a common goal of partnerships between Foundations and AHS on enhancing healthcare in Wetaskiwin. We are looking forward to collaborating on projects that fall in line with long term AHS planning for our community”

As budgets tighten and need for healthcare services increases, there is a growing reliance on the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation (WHF) to make up the short-fall. Unfortunately, every member in the Charity Sector is finding that maintaining societal expectations will depend on new resources – if we want programs and services in our community that exceed government funding then the community has to step forward.

However as stated by Foundation Chair, Murray Warnke, “We are extremely fortunate to have a community and surrounding area that cares and supports our efforts to improve healthcare. This support enables Wetaskiwin to boast that it has one of the best, if not the best, healthcare facilities for a community of this size in the entire province.”

Pictured: Minister Verlyn Olson, Lillian Dykes – ED Foundation, Murray Warnke – Chair Wetaskiwin Health Foundation, Minister Horne, Branin Thompson – Secretary, Foundation, Donna Andres – Vice Chair Foundation, Ken Ball – Board Member Foundation, Brenda Zilkie – Area Manager and Danny Gavan – Board Member Foundation. Photo by Barry McDonald

High quality healthcare services provided in Wetaskiwin are important for all residents, but perhaps even-more-so for seniors who find it difficult to commute to Edmonton or Red Deer for examinations and treatment. Top quality healthcare is also an important attribute when attracting individuals or businesses to the community. Top notch medical professionals follow top notch equipment. These are some of the reasons why each and every investment made to the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation is so important.

Occasionally, a donor with very good intentions wants to designate his/her donation to an item that may be ‘needed and nice’ but not high on the ‘needed and high priority’ list of Alberta Health Services; a new coffee maker for the staff who were so kind and helpful vs an important piece of surgical equipment. The gap between ‘nice’ and ‘high priority’ has potential to create an awkward situation for both the generous donor and the local Hospital.

Branin Thompson, Occupational Therapy Supervisor, Alberta Health Services, Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre sees first hand, how donations help provide healthcare services that go beyond government funding. But as a member of the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation Board of Directors, she also witnesses the frustration of aligning wishes of donors with needs of the Hospital. On July 25th, 2014 members of the Foundation Board and staff met with MLA Verlyn Olson and Health Minister, Hon. Fred Horne to discuss how the process might be modified to facilitate receipt of future donations.

Following the meeting Thompson commented, “ We, the board members of the Foundation, feel very grateful and privileged that Mr. Horne took time to meet with us personally. The meeting was very valuable in establishing a common goal of partnerships between Foundations and AHS on enhancing healthcare in Wetaskiwin. We are looking forward to collaborating on projects that fall in line with long term AHS planning for our community”

As budgets tighten and need for healthcare services increases, there is a growing reliance on the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation (WHF) to make up the short-fall. Unfortunately, every member in the Charity Sector is finding that maintaining societal expectations will depend on new resources – if we want programs and services in our community that exceed government funding then the community has to step forward.

However as stated by Foundation Chair, Murray Warnke, “We are extremely fortunate to have a community and surrounding area that cares and supports our efforts to improve healthcare. This support enables Wetaskiwin to boast that it has one of the best, if not the best, healthcare facilities for a community of this size in the entire province.”

Pictured: Minister Verlyn Olson, Lillian Dykes – ED Foundation, Murray Warnke – Chair Wetaskiwin Health Foundation, Minister Horne, Branin Thompson – Secretary, Foundation, Donna Andres – Vice Chair Foundation, Ken Ball – Board Member Foundation, Brenda Zilkie – Area Manager and Danny Gavan – Board Member Foundation. Photo by Barry McDonald

High quality healthcare services provided in Wetaskiwin are important for all residents, but perhaps even-more-so for seniors who find it difficult to commute to Edmonton or Red Deer for examinations and treatment. Top quality healthcare is also an important attribute when attracting individuals or businesses to the community. Top notch medical professionals follow top notch equipment. These are some of the reasons why each and every investment made to the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation is so important.

Occasionally, a donor with very good intentions wants to designate his/her donation to an item that may be ‘needed and nice’ but not high on the ‘needed and high priority’ list of Alberta Health Services; a new coffee maker for the staff who were so kind and helpful vs an important piece of surgical equipment. The gap between ‘nice’ and ‘high priority’ has potential to create an awkward situation for both the generous donor and the local Hospital.

Branin Thompson, Occupational Therapy Supervisor, Alberta Health Services, Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre sees first hand, how donations help provide healthcare services that go beyond government funding. But as a member of the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation Board of Directors, she also witnesses the frustration of aligning wishes of donors with needs of the Hospital. On July 25th, 2014 members of the Foundation Board and staff met with MLA Verlyn Olson and Health Minister, Hon. Fred Horne to discuss how the process might be modified to facilitate receipt of future donations.

Following the meeting Thompson commented, “ We, the board members of the Foundation, feel very grateful and privileged that Mr. Horne took time to meet with us personally. The meeting was very valuable in establishing a common goal of partnerships between Foundations and AHS on enhancing healthcare in Wetaskiwin. We are looking forward to collaborating on projects that fall in line with long term AHS planning for our community”

As budgets tighten and need for healthcare services increases, there is a growing reliance on the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation (WHF) to make up the short-fall. Unfortunately, every member in the Charity Sector is finding that maintaining societal expectations will depend on new resources – if we want programs and services in our community that exceed government funding then the community has to step forward.

However as stated by Foundation Chair, Murray Warnke, “We are extremely fortunate to have a community and surrounding area that cares and supports our efforts to improve healthcare. This support enables Wetaskiwin to boast that it has one of the best, if not the best, healthcare facilities for a community of this size in the entire province.”

Pictured: Minister Verlyn Olson, Lillian Dykes – ED Foundation, Murray Warnke – Chair Wetaskiwin Health Foundation, Minister Horne, Branin Thompson – Secretary, Foundation, Donna Andres – Vice Chair Foundation, Ken Ball – Board Member Foundation, Brenda Zilkie – Area Manager and Danny Gavan – Board Member Foundation. Photo by Barry McDonald

High quality healthcare services provided in Wetaskiwin are important for all residents, but perhaps even-more-so for seniors who find it difficult to commute to Edmonton or Red Deer for examinations and treatment. Top quality healthcare is also an important attribute when attracting individuals or businesses to the community. Top notch medical professionals follow top notch equipment. These are some of the reasons why each and every investment made to the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation is so important.

Occasionally, a donor with very good intentions wants to designate his/her donation to an item that may be ‘needed and nice’ but not high on the ‘needed and high priority’ list of Alberta Health Services; a new coffee maker for the staff who were so kind and helpful vs an important piece of surgical equipment. The gap between ‘nice’ and ‘high priority’ has potential to create an awkward situation for both the generous donor and the local Hospital.

Branin Thompson, Occupational Therapy Supervisor, Alberta Health Services, Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre sees first hand, how donations help provide healthcare services that go beyond government funding. But as a member of the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation Board of Directors, she also witnesses the frustration of aligning wishes of donors with needs of the Hospital. On July 25th, 2014 members of the Foundation Board and staff met with MLA Verlyn Olson and Health Minister, Hon. Fred Horne to discuss how the process might be modified to facilitate receipt of future donations.

Following the meeting Thompson commented, “ We, the board members of the Foundation, feel very grateful and privileged that Mr. Horne took time to meet with us personally. The meeting was very valuable in establishing a common goal of partnerships between Foundations and AHS on enhancing healthcare in Wetaskiwin. We are looking forward to collaborating on projects that fall in line with long term AHS planning for our community”

As budgets tighten and need for healthcare services increases, there is a growing reliance on the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation (WHF) to make up the short-fall. Unfortunately, every member in the Charity Sector is finding that maintaining societal expectations will depend on new resources – if we want programs and services in our community that exceed government funding then the community has to step forward.

However as stated by Foundation Chair, Murray Warnke, “We are extremely fortunate to have a community and surrounding area that cares and supports our efforts to improve healthcare. This support enables Wetaskiwin to boast that it has one of the best, if not the best, healthcare facilities for a community of this size in the entire province.”

Pictured: Minister Verlyn Olson, Lillian Dykes – ED Foundation, Murray Warnke – Chair Wetaskiwin Health Foundation, Minister Horne, Branin Thompson – Secretary, Foundation, Donna Andres – Vice Chair Foundation, Ken Ball – Board Member Foundation, Brenda Zilkie – Area Manager and Danny Gavan – Board Member Foundation. Photo by Barry McDonald

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