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2014

One boy’s donation is priceless to Bonnyville staffStaff at the Bonnyville Health Centre are in awe of a generous and special young person. Logan Michaud, a nine-year-old with a heart of gold, decided to donate all $150 of his birthday money to the Bonnyville Community Cancer Clinic... 

Staff models compassionate care oversea—It’s early Saturday morning in February and people are beginning to line up at the Santa Inez Hospital in Cuenca, Ecuador. There will be an orthopedic clinic today and over 150 people will be seen. These people come from towns and mountain villages as far as twelve hours away, with the hope they will receive treatment for debilitating conditions. They travel with their families and will wait all day, without complaint, for their chance to be seen... 

Peter Puffin comes to St. Therese Villa to perform for residents and Westminister elementary students—There were a lot of excited residents at St. Therese Villa—not just because Juno award winning singer Peter Puffin came to perform, but because the assisted living facility was able to share the fun with their favorite elementary students from Westminister School. The performance had both residents and students dressing up and singing.

Edmonton General residents celebrate Chinese New Year with carnival and lion dance—Each year, residents of the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre’s Ming Ai program celebrate the Chinese New Year with festivities, including a lion dance. This year they had an interactive carnival complete with games booths, calligraphy, a choir performance and a caricature artist...

Local couple win $1.7 M homeSherwood Park’s Richard and Dawn Argue pose in the kitchen of their new Edmonton home on January 8, 2014. The Argues bought a ticket for the Caritas Foundation lottery and won the Ambleside home, as well as a cash prize of $100,000. The prize is worth a total of $1.8 million. Codie McLachlan/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency. Read the full  coverage by Sherwood Park News (PDF version also attached).

Misericordia welcomes Edmonton’s New Year’s baby—Edmonton’s first baby born in 2014 came into the world at 12:24 a.m. at the Misericordia Community Hospital. First child of proud parents Erin and Jeff, Kael Hudson McAdam weighed 7bls 7oz...


2013

‘Young at Heart’ Edmonton General residents help the Salvation Army—With Santa hats lit up and sleigh bells ringing, residents from the Young at Heart program at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre gather around the Salvation Army Christmas kettle in the lobby of the facility. They are encouraging people to donate to help the poor in our community...  

Covenant Health staff change lives in Africa—Two nurses from Covenant Health’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose have returned from helping perform life-changing surgery in the Congo. Tammy Grose and Arlene McLean were at Pointe Noire, in the Republic of the Congo, where they volunteered their nursing skills for two weeks on-board the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. Read about their journey in The Camrose Booster and learn about the organization at www.mercyships.ca.

St. Mary's Hospital gives students a glimpse of rural health care—Seven physiotherapy, 16 nursing and 37 medical students took part in Skills Day at Covenant Health’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose on Saturday, November 30, 2013. The initiative was created in 2004 to recruit health care workers to rural communities. The first and second year University of Alberta students got a glimpse of what it’s like to work in a rural community. Watch Global Edmonton’s coverage of the event to learn more about the program.

Flagstaff Medical Recruitment Committee receives award—The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP) and Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) recently awarded Flagstaff’s Medical Recruitment and Retention Committee the 2013 Alberta Rural Community Attraction and Retention Award. As part of Flagstaff County, Covenant Health’s Killam Health Care Centre works together with towns within the region to promote and improve the county for new physicians, and to assist and appreciate those who continue to practice in the community. Watch the ARPAP video for Flagstaff on the Community Press website, the county’s local newspaper...

2013 Oilers annual visit—Patients and residents at Covenant Health’s Edmonton care facilities received an early Christmas present on November 20—a visit from members of the Edmonton Oilers. The hockey players made patients and residents’ day at the Grey Nuns and Misericordia Community Hospitals and Villa Caritas. Visit our Photo Gallery to check out photos from the visit! Each year members of the Edmonton Oilers visit patients and residents in Edmonton hospitals and care facilities throughout the city.  

Grey Nuns celebrates 2013 World Preemie Day—On November 17, Grey Nuns Community Hospital staff and Edmonton families gathered at the hospital for World Prematurity Day, a national day to raise awareness about premature childbirth. Families swapped stories and shared experiences before Santa Claus himself made a premature Christmas appearance. Check out the full coverage in the Edmonton Sun. Read more

Little girl’s thank you to Grey Nuns emergency staff will help babies breathe—Shanti asked the ED staff what they needed, and from a list provided by the department, she selected a Neopuff Infant Resuscitator, which will help the littlest patients in respiratory distress breathe.  On her visit she got the opportunity to try the high tech equipment first-hand...

Great-granddaughter of past patient ‘pays it forward’—Mikaela Zarsky, 8, with help from her mother and brother, wheeled an overflowing cart of books and paintings onto unit 42 at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital. 

Celebrating an employee’s milestone and her ties to Covenant Health’s history—For 50 years, Shirley Pearson has been an energizing force at Banff Mineral Springs Hospital.  She is among a select group of people still working in a Covenant Health facility who can speak firsthand about the Sisters’ legacy in healthcare.

Tenacious family and friends honour former palliative patient on Unit 43—Laughter and smiles graced Palliative Unit 43 at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital, when a group of tenacious and committed people from the Clitar Heroes Foundation presented a giant cheque to the unit for $93,325.37...

The art of sharing—Patients at the Mel Miller Hospice at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre get special artwork personally delivered to them by grade five students from the St. James Catholic Elementary School...

Alberta's floods hit hard and fast—Southern Alberta is no stranger to flooding; people can clearly recall the devastation in 1995 and 2005. But, the amount of rain and how hard it hit was different this time and, as we are now realizing, the result is catastrophic...

Youville Home patio opens to rave reviews—It’s opening day of the new patio area off Unit 5 at Youville Home. This is the first time residents have had access to the space. The anticipation is high... 

Community gathers to celebrate Grey Nuns Community Hospital’s 25 years of service—The community of Mill Woods gathered on a very sunny Sunday afternoon on May 5 to celebrate 25 years to the day of compassionate care at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital...

Alberta Cancer Foundation recognizes Covenant Health's iRSM as a model institute—Covenant Health’s Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM) was recently featured in Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Leap magazine for using a blend of art and science to help patients look, feel and function better after surgery. Heather Logan, a surgical design simulationist at iRSM is also featured in the article that highlights the institute’s cutting edge work to improve treatments for patients with serious skull and facial problems. Read the full story on the Leap website or in a PDF...

Big Brother Canada star visits his biggest fan at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre—Tom Plant, a local firefighter and the fourth contestant evicted from the first-ever Big Brother Canada, a reality show that airs on the Slice Network, made a Palliative Care patient smile when he paid her a visit...

Oilers visit patients at Covenant Health's Edmonton facilities—Patients were all smiles at the Misericordia Community Hospital, the Grey Nuns Community Hospital and Villa Caritas when certain players from the Edmonton Oilers visited them on March 22, 2013. Nick Schultz, Eric Belanger, Theo Peckham and Ladislav Smid and Corey Potter spent time with some renal, palliative, stroke, complex-care geriatric, geriatric assessment, maternity and orthopedic rehabilitation patients. Check out our Photo Gallery to view photos from the visit...

Misericordia's special program for cancer patients celebrates 10 years—Healing Connections, a program at the Misericordia Community Hospital that has made a difference for thousands of breast cancer patients celebrated a milestone on March 14, 2013. To help mark the program’s decade of service, Hunter-Lee Heppner rounded up her grade nine sewing class in Lac La Biche to make a special gift (heart-shaped pillows) for each patient to take home. Hunter-Lee’s mother was diagnosed with a stage two breast cancer in 2012 and joined Healing Connections soon after her surgery. Watch Su-Ling Goh’s coverage of the milestone in Global Edmonton’s Health Matters.

Baby cuddling program offers parents comfort and piece of mind—Once a week for two hours, Anne Pellatt focuses on nothing else but cuddling a brand new human being. Anne is a volunteer with the baby cuddling program at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital, a program that started in 2004 as a way to offer support and relief for parents of babies facing medical complications. During their extended stay in hospital, Anne gives parents piece of mind knowing their bundle of joy is in good hands while they steal a few precious moments away from the stresses of hospital life. Read Anne’s full story in the Edmonton Examiner and learn how you can volunteer with Covenant Health.

Edmonton General residents enjoy Chinese New Year festivities while celebrating their culture—Each year, residents of the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre’s Ming Ai program celebrate the Chinese New Year with festivities and performances including a lion dance, a praise dance performed by residents, and singing...

Leading breast cancer program celebrates 10-year anniversary—Healing Connections, a one-of-a-kind support program based out of the Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton, has helped over 2,500 breast cancer patients in the past decade. A 10th anniversary celebration brought together program founders and those that keep the program thriving, including numerous volunteers that give their time to the cause. Read more

Santa helps celebrate World Prematurity Day with some of our littlest patients—Seventy families who had premature babies at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital this past year returned for a party to celebrate World Prematurity Day, and just like their little ones who arrived early, so did Santa Claus. The day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges families with pre-term babies face and to talk about the specialized care and support that is out there..


2012

Women’s Wellness conference inspires women to ‘Live for Today’—It was all smiles, laughter and a feeling of rejuvenation as over 180 women from across Alberta mixed and mingled at the 15th Annual Prime Time for Women Conference at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital on November 10, 2012. The women learned about the healing connection between the body, mind and soul...

Tabernacle a shining example of the collaboration that occurs at Villa Caritas—Just as Covenant Health and its partners collaborated to facilitate the transfer of residents and staff to their new home at Villa Caritas, three artisans and the Spiritual Care team came together in creativity to make a Tabernacle to complete the chapel...

Spiritual Care Awareness Week celebrates gratitude—Spiritual Care Awareness Week this year was a time for the Spiritual Care team at Covenant Health to build relationships, create awareness and most of all give a lesson in the act of being thankful. In their humble manner, the Spiritual Care team shifted the focus off of themselves by selecting the theme “Gratitude… a Celebration,” to encourage patients, residents and staff to express their thankfulness.

Grey Nuns opens Edmonton's first depot for moms to donate breast milk—Audrey Inouye pumps her breast milk at home twice each day, setting some aside for tiny, premature babies in hospitals who aren't able to get it from their own mothers.  Read more about the human milk depot at Covenant Health’s Grey Nuns Community Hospital – a first of its kind in Edmonton...

Covenant Health launches a new institute and celebrates its Annual Community Meeting—Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 was full of developments for Covenant Health. We celebrated the official launch of the Palliative End of Life Care Institute, we gathered together for our 2012 Annual Community Meeting, and at that meeting, we presented the inaugural Service Through Christ Awards...

Covenant Health staff open minds, one compassionate step at a time—On any given day, you can find our staff stepping up their commitment to the six Covenant Health values. One recent example is the staff at Villa Caritas and the Mental Health unit at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital. They joined the 15th annual Open Minds Walk & Run to show compassion for the mental health community...

Staff at Mary Immaculate Hospital take steps to support former resident—Staff from Covenant Health’s Mary Immaculate Hospital in Mundare participated in an ALS walk on August 18, 2012 in support of Colby Coers, a 21-year-old with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). 

Staff at Youville Home give the gift of a household—Staff at Youville Home in St. Albert help residents in their care facility everyday. But on Saturday, September 22, they teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to build affordable ...

Heart and stroke professionals visit St. Mary’s Hospital to learn best practice—St. Mary’s Hospital has a heart and stroke program that even the highest-ranking heart and stroke care professionals in Alberta acknowledge they can learn from...

Covenant Health proud to name continuing care facilities in Calgary—It was an exciting day for Covenant Health on Monday, Sept. 10 as it named two buildings under construction on the future continuing care campus in the Evanston neighbourhood of northwest Calgary... 

Spiritual Care manager journeys to Ethiopia on a personal call to service—After returning from a two-week mission trip to Gambella, Ethiopia, Ralph Magnus, Manager of Spiritual Care in Edmonton spoke about the importance of making connections and being a living example of how help can travel from one country to another...

St. Mary’s Hospital launches program to prevent stroke—Covenant Health’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose is the first acute care emergency facility to launch an Atrial Fibrillation Initiative to proactively prevent strokes in patients. The initiative was launched on July 10, 2012 and has been used to identify symptoms of atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart beat that can lead to stroke, in one to two patients per day...

Teens explore career interests in healthcare—Not every teen in Alberta spends their summers having fun in the sun—some spend it having fun in the lab, or in the operating room, or perhaps in a hyperbaric chamber...

Healthcare Camp helps teens learn—Covenant Health Healthcare Camp offers students an opportunity to grow their knowledge base and find out what opportunity is right for them in the healthcare industry. Steven Quan tries the digital operating room at the Grey Nuns... 

Edmonton General staff finds her path to her dream career—Janet Colter, Licensed Practical Nurse at the Edmonton General Mel Miller Hospice, has always wanted to be on the frontline looking for opportunity to make a real difference to another person. She found that opportunity at the Edmonton General Mel Miller Hospice. Janet was recently featured in the spring 2012 issue of Norquest College’s Community Report. Read her full story on page 7 of the report...

It takes a community to raise a teepee—The Bonnyville Health Centre held its first-ever teepee-raising ceremony on June 21, 2012, bringing together both Covenant Health and AHS staff with Bonnyville residents and people from First Nations and Métis communities in the area. Read the full story on page 1 of our summer issue of Our Compass. You can also read the story with featured details as a Covenant Health Story of the Week

Menopause Clinic Team help patients cope with sleeping problems—Lack of sleep is one of the biggest problems for women in early menopause. Sleep loss can lead to depression, anxiety and other serious health disorders such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. The Menopause Clinic Team at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital offers helpful coping strategies and other tips to ease patients’ transition. Read the full story in the Edmonton Journal!

Day care kids put on a show for Grey Nuns patients—Decked out in colourful Bollywood outfits, children from the Tawa Montessori Day Care and Out-of-School Care Centre danced their way into the hearts of stroke and geriatrics patients at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital on June 27, 2012. View photos from the event in our Photo Gallery and watch the CBC News Edmonton coverage!

Grey Nuns physical therapist demonstrates exercises for osteoporosis—Did you know one in four women over the age of 50 and one in eight men over 50 have osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become thin and brittle and break. Yvonne Zarowny, a physical therapist with the osteoporosis program at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital, demonstrates three exercises to help people with osteoporosis or reduce their risk for osteoporosis. Watch the video in the Edmonton Journal’s Health segment...

St. Michael’s Health Centre helps feed local students—St. Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge has teamed up with three local elementary schools to provide daily lunches for students. The Covenant Health site recently launched its school Lunch Program in January, starting with just one school. Watch Global Lethbridge’s coverage of the story to learn how the Lunch Program has grown to help local schools and students...

Misericordia teepee fosters native spirituality practices—Comfort. Peace. Healing. That is the essence of the teepee that has been raised at the Misericordia Community Hospital to offer Aboriginal patients, residents and their families a space for native spirituality practices while receiving medical care...

Annual Country Fair brings together generations of fun—Genuine glee spread at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre during the Annual Country Fair on June 5 and 6, 2012. Residents, volunteers and Grade 8 students from Nellie McClung Girls’ Junior High School were all smiles in the auditorium as they played games and indulged in watermelon and donut eating contests —all to the background of a live two-man band playing oldies, but goodies...

Renowned physician and best-selling author Dr. Gabor Maté comes to Lethbridge—Dr. Gabor Maté, a leading expert in addiction treatment and mind-body-wellness connections, led a two-day conference and community presentation sponsored by the City of Lethbridge, Social Housing in Action, and Covenant Health. The event was held from May 29 to 30, during which Dr. Maté spoke on his research, experiences, insights, and his expertise in the areas of addiction, mental health, and concurrent disorders... 

New standard set for surgical reprocessing—Learn how Covenant Health recognized the vital role surgical processors play in patient safety by setting an organization-wide standard for employment in the field. Read the full story on page 4 of our Spring 2012 issue of Our Compass! Read more...

Dispelling common myths about milk—Ruth West, Registered Dietitian at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital dispels common myths about milk - one of the best sources of calcium and for bone health. Watch her interview with CTV News Edmonton to learn the difference between raw milk and organic milk, the nutrients found in different types of milk and much more!

Covenant Health Edmonton celebrates Nurses Week — Often unnoticed, good deeds pass through the halls of Covenant Health’s Edmonton hospitals every day. During Nurses Week, Tracey Kusk’s inspired idea of a “good deed” rolling ball highlighted the acts of kindness that already exist—and kick-started others...

Behind every lab result—National Medical Laboratory Week was held April 22 to 28. Did you know that behind every lab result there is a dedicated professional? Read about the important role of laboratory professionals on page 8 of the Spring 2012 issue of Our Compass...

Talking about the tough stuff at end-of-life—In collaboration with the Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association (AHPCA), Covenant Health’s St. Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge held a one day workshop for anyone who wanted to learn more about difficult conversations and open communications between people living with life threatening illness and their families, friends and healthcare providers...

Mission Awards celebrates Covenant Health staff and physicians—Over 200 Covenant Health staff and physicians gathered at an evening gala for the 2012 Mission Awards to honour the nominees and recipients of this year’s awards...

St. Therese Villa reunites resident with high school friends—Laurian Beauchesne is a resident at St. Therese Villa. Her dream has always been to reunite with her three best friends from high school, whom she has not seen in over 50 years. The Second Wind Dreams committee at St. Therese Villa caught “wind” of this dream and was excited to help make it come true!... 

Guided imagery and music therapy help people at end-of-life—Sheila Killoran is the only Accredited Music Therapist on permanent staff in palliative care in Edmonton and the only one in Alberta using the Bonny method of guided imagery and music at end-of-life...

Long-time journalist celebrates 102nd birthday at Edmonton General—Joy Roberts White, one of the spunkiest residents at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre, celebrated her 102nd birthday with friends and fellow residents on March 29, 2012...

‘Spirit within’ – the St. Therese Villa story—Covenant Health’s St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge was recently recognized by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) for its collaborative approach to healthcare. In its CARE Magazine, CLPNA did a four-page spread on “how Covenant Health is successfully reaching the spirit of collaborative healthcare within a beautiful new facility in Lethbridge, Alberta.”...

Managing a gluten-free lifestyle or gluten-free diet—Understanding which foods and ingredients contain gluten is important to managing a gluten-free lifestyle or gluten-free diet. Amanda Heinrich, Registered Dietitian at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital, shares tips with Shaw TV Edmonton on how to curb celiac disease. Watch the Youtube video!...

Name of Red Deer’s new continuing care centre celebrates area’s rich Catholic history—Covenant Health announced today the name for Red Deer’s new 100-bed continuing care centre located in Clearview North. Villa Marie was chosen in honour of the Daughters of Wisdom, the Catholic sisters who founded Catholic education in Red Deer. Read the News Release and Backgrounder!..

Environmental healing garden planned for St. Michael’s—St. Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge is planning an eco-friendly garden that is inviting to residents, staff and patients outside its palliative care unit. Read the full story and VOTE for St. Michael’s Health Centre to receive funding support through the Shell Fuelling Change contest... 

World’s leading clinicians travel to Edmonton to learn advanced surgical technique—Leading clinicians from Australia, South Africa and Switzerland visited Edmonton to learn a ground-breaking jaw reconstruction technique at the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine, (iRSM), a joint institute by Covenant Health, University of Alberta, and Alberta Health Services...

Residents at Edmonton General receive special valentines from Lynnwood School—Valentine’s Day called for a special delivery and over 500 residents at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre received handmade valentines from students at Lynnwood School... 

Research Day brings together diverse health care professionals—Nearly 120 engaged students, health care practitioners, researchers and Covenant Health physicians and staff participated in Research Day 2012. The event, titled Caring for a New Generation of Seniors – What Does the Research Say?, focused on research in all areas of seniors care, featuring lectures, poster presentations and a discussion panel... 

Edmonton General residents celebrate their culture with Chinese New Year festivities—Each year, residents of the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre’s Ming Ai program celebrate the Chinese New Year with festivities and performances including a lion dance, singers and dancers...

Covenant Health selected to demonstrate new continuing care model—Government of Alberta has partnered with Covenant Health to demonstrate a new continuing care model for our aging population. New 100-bed continuing care facilities will soon be constructed in Calgary and Red Deer to provide more stability for seniors as they age, providing a one-stop facility for all their needs - no matter what their level of care...

Edmonton's first baby of the New Year arrives at Misericordia—Edmonton's first baby of the New Year, Alyza Venice, was born at Covenant Health’s Misericordia Community Hospital on Sunday, January 1, 2012...


2011

Covenant Health earns high marks—and praise—from Accreditation Canada—In the final report from Accreditation Canada dated December 8, 2011, Covenant Health was awarded Accreditation with Condition—and an overall score of 96 per cent...

Edmonton Oilers share Christmas joy at Covenant Health facilities—The Edmonton Oilers shared Christmas joy with patients at Covenant Health facilities on December 21, 2011. The team visited Grey Nuns Community Hospital, Misericordia Community Hospital and Villa Caritas. View photos from their visits in our photo galleryRead more

Lights of Hope brightens up the Edmonton General—The switch has been flipped on 400 Christmas light displays at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre... 

2011 Respiratory Therapy Week a Success—Lunch and Learn sessions were the highlight of this year’s Respiratory Therapy Week held from October 23 to 30 2011, during which members from the community enjoyed engaging learning opportunities while being treated to a sponsored lunch. ..

Just like premature babies, Santa came by early this year too—On November 17, 2011, Covenant Health celebrated World Prematurity Awareness Day at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital – bringing together premature babies born at our hospitals, their family, friends, and Covenant Health staff... 

Volunteers and staff revive hallways at Covenant Health hospitals—From August 8 to 25 and November 3 to 5, 2011, volunteers and staff, through Covenant Health’s Volunteer Services, painted murals in the hallways of the Misericordia Community Hospital and the Grey Nuns Community Hospital for patients, residents and visitors to enjoy. Read more about Volunteer Services’ mural painting projects and view photos of some of the participants...

Annual Prime Time for Women Conference—Covenant Health’s 2011 Annual Prime Time for Women Conference will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2011. Read more about the conference and watch Shelly Hagen, Health Educator at Covenant Health, and Jeanne Kuhn, Make-up Artist discuss the conference on CTV News Edmonton...

Ethics Made Real—Gordon Self, Vice President, Mission, Ethics and Spirituality, writes a regular column on ethics in the Western Catholic Reporter. Read his articles...

Accreditation Canada recognizes Covenant Health's Mission Discernment Tool—Accreditation Canada has named the Covenant Health Mission Discernment Tool as a Leading Practice for Canada... 

Improving practices for patient safety—Covenant Health received its first Accreditation status from Accreditation Canada in December 2010, meeting 98.6 per cent of the standards reviewed by the surveyors. The Accreditation audits present our organization with an opportunity to focus on standardizing policies and procedures and sharing best practices across all our facilities. Accreditation Canada surveyors will be visiting Covenant Health sites from October 30 through to November 3 to complete the 2011 Accreditation. For more information on Covenant Health's 2010 Accreditation results, please view our January 2011 newsletter. Following their visit and assessment of Covenant Health compliance to standards, a final report will be released by Accreditation Canada. 

2011 Annual Community Meeting luncheon—More than 270 community members attended Covenant Health’s third Annual Community Meeting (ACM) held on October 5, 2011. The ACM is an opportunity for Covenant Health to share with its partners and stakeholders highlights from the last year and to showcase progress towards its vision. Read the 2011 Annual Report to the Community, news release, and view photos from the event!

New monument honours the contributions of Catholic Sisters in Alberta—The Catholic Sisters’ Legacy Recognition Project was held yesterday to recognize Catholic Sisters for their historical contribution to public life in Alberta. Catholic sisters were honoured for their pioneering role in education, health care and social welfare over the past 150 years...

Yan He – triple amputee beats the odds and continues to thrive—Yan He played 18 inspiring holes at the St. Michael’s Foundation golf tournament this summer. She credits the care staff in the Post Acute Rehabilitation Program (P.A.R.P.) at Covenant Health’s St. Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge for her incredible recovery...

Listen to a CBC Radio interview with Dr. Michael Chatenay, a surgeon at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital, on how dealing with Tourette’s Syndrome makes him more focused in the operating room.

Students get OR experience in hospital-based summer camp—The Covenant Health Youth Healthcare Camp is a week-long camp designed for students between 14 – 17 years of age. It allows the teens to interact with staff in a hospital setting and get a taste of the types of career options that exist in health care...

Ark Angels rock Boating Festival—Covenant Health Ark Angels dragon boat team participated in the 15th annual Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival at Louise McKinney Park August 19 

A staff member’s idea blossoms into a peaceful place for palliative patients—Gail Cameron, the Director of Child Health at the Grey Nuns has always thought there needed to be a private and peaceful place for palliative and ICU patients to go with their families to get fresh air. On Tuesday, August 16, the Hope Garden officially opened for just that reason...

NEW Program: Language Interpretative Services—As part of Covenant Health's strategic direction to be of greater service to vulnerable populations by responding to those in need, a Language Interpretative Services program has been developed...

Team ‘Zach Attack’ tackles TransRockies Challenge—Team Zach Attack, including a group from Banff Mineral Springs Hospital, is raising funds for Make-A-Wish in memory of 13-year-old Zach Laird who died of brain tumour...

PaintFest Canada makes a stop in Banff—On Thursday, July 28, Banff Mineral Springs Hospital residents, staff, and volunteers painted two murals to give comfort and hope to those in care... 

Covenant Health Show Your Colours PowerPoint—Take a look at just a few of these inspiring team members who are "Showing their Colours" across Alberta and around the world...