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Telus gives $15,000 to QEH’s pediatric, physical medicine and mental health units

Telus has donated $15,000 to support equipment and technology for the QEH’s youth connection program in the pediatrics, mental health and physical medicine departments. From left, are Telus Atlantic Canada community board members Quentin Bevan and Jamie Niessen, Julie Cole, manager of QEH telemedicine and library services (remotely on screen), Steve Dunne, QEH Foundation board member, and Tamara MacDonald, QEH physiotherapist.
Telus has donated $15,000 to support equipment and technology for the QEH’s youth connection program in the pediatrics, mental health and physical medicine departments. From left, are Telus Atlantic Canada community board members Quentin Bevan and Jamie Niessen, Julie Cole, manager of QEH telemedicine and library services (remotely on screen), Steve Dunne, QEH Foundation board member, and Tamara MacDonald, QEH physiotherapist. - Contributed

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation has received a $15,000 gift that will go towards the hospital’s youth connection program.

The donation, from Telus, will support equipment and technology in the pediatric, physical medicine and mental health units at the QEH.

The investment will ensure patients have access to advanced technology as it relates to their health, education and social needs.

Equipment and technology that will be purchased and dedicated to youth receiving rehabilitation in the physical medicine unit is a videoconferencing system, which will 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. 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.

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.

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