On July 5, team members helped distribute plush ponies and take photos of children and their families in the Wells Fargo Stagecoach at the Alberta Children's Hospital's annual Stampede event. Each year, Wells Fargo employees help patients get in the spirit – even if they can't attend the larger parade happening the following day nearby in downtown Calgary.
Wells Fargo has been supporting the annual Stampede event at the Alberta Children's Hospital for the past several years to help support the Alberta Children's Hospital's philosophy of family-centred care that recognizes the important role families play in the physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being of their children.
"It's always really rewarding to participate in the celebration at the Alberta Children's Hospital," said Rick Valade, Canada Country Head. "I felt honored to represent Wells Fargo at this fun, celebratory event –kids can forget they're in a hospital for a while and just get to be kids."
In addition to connecting with children and their families at the event, United Way has made a grant on behalf of Wells Fargo to the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation to support the hospital's Pediatric Critical Care Transport program. The transport program is made up of dedicated critical care specialists who travel to smaller hospitals by ground ambulance, plane, or helicopter to stabilize sick or injured kids before bringing them to the Alberta Children's Hospital where they can benefit from a full complement of intensive care services.
"We were honoured to support one of the many family-centred programs at the Alberta Children's Hospital," said Dan Lindquist, Wells Fargo Energy Group managing director. The Pediatric Critical Care Transport program allows the hospital to extend its life-saving care across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia to hospitals that don't specialize in pediatrics. "Funding this type of program helps to ensure that children in Alberta – wherever they live – can have access to the very best highly-specialized pediatric critical care," says Dan. "Last year alone, the Transport Team helped 300 children who were too sick to be cared for in or near their home communities."
"We are so grateful to our community and donors like Wells Fargo and United Way for rallying behind the Alberta Children's Hospital and helping to provide the very best care to our kids and families," said Meghan Kociuba, manager, Community Initiatives and Events at Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.
The "new" Alberta Children's Hospital opened in Calgary, Alberta, in September 2006, becoming the first free-standing pediatric hospital to be built in Canada in more than 20 years. The hospital cares for patients from newborns to age 17 from across Alberta, southeastern British Columbia, and southwestern Saskatchewan as multidisciplinary teams working together to promote healing through family-centred care.