Encana donates $500,000 to the Alberta Children's Hospital

Encana is proud to support the expansion of the Calgary hospital's KidSIM Human Patient Simulation program.


On April 10, 2012 Encana and the Alberta Children's Hospital (ACH) Foundation announced a $500,000 donation to help the hospital build the largest pediatric simulation lab in Canada.

The KidSIM Human Patient Simulation program at ACH gives medical staff hands-on practice with scenarios and procedures they need to know in life-or-death situations. With the expansion of the program, parents whose children face daily medical emergencies will also be able to practice skills they need in caring for a medically fragile child.

"Encana's generous gift brings us one step closer to building a 4000-square-foot high-tech simulation centre unlike any other," says Dr. Vincent Grant, Medical Director of the KidSIM Pediatric Simulation Program. "Our goal is to double the number of medical professionals, students and families who will benefit from crucial KidSIM experience."

As part of the hospital's family-centred approach to care, a pilot project was launched in November for families of children with epilepsy requiring seizure management and rescue medication administration.

The KidSIM team runs trauma and resuscitation drills, using mannequins which simulate breathing, pulses, blood pressure, speech and sound to replicate a child's response to illness, injury and treatment.

"At Encana, emergency planning and preparedness are central to the way we do business," says Bill Oliver, Executive Vice-President & Chief Corporate Officer. "Simulation exercises put our skills to the test, so that we know - through experience - how to handle challenging situations. KIDSIM provides that experience to the people who save children's lives in our community every day."

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