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 For Immediate Release

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Health Foundation receives more than $27,000 from TELUS
Campaign raises funds for clinical education

Fort McMurray, Alberta – The Northern Lights Health Foundation will be receiving $27,300 from TELUS on behalf of their TELUS TV for Good campaign. Their gift will fund a Lifepak 15 cardiac monitor/defibrillator and a SIMPad, to be used by the Clinical Education Department at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. These two pieces of equipment will give clinical educators the ability to teach advanced cardiac and pediatric training to health care staff. The Health Foundation will host a cheque presentation ceremony in the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

In May 2013, TELUS announced that they would contribute $25 on behalf of every new Optik TV customer in Fort McMurray in support of the Northern Lights Health Foundation. In six months, the TELUS TV for Good campaign helped raise more than $27,000 toward priority health care needs in Wood Buffalo.

“The Health Foundation is thrilled to be receiving this generous gift of over $27,000 from TELUS. We thank them for recognizing the impact that providing quality education to our health care staff has on our region,” says Susanne Chaffey, Executive Director of the Northern Lights Health Foundation. “Their gift will aid in providing advanced training and support to our local health care staff, enabling them to provide the best possible patient care.”

The Lifepak 15 cardiac monitor/defibrillator is used by health care staff to respond to urgent cardiac emergencies. This specific piece of equipment will aid clinical educators in increasing the knowledge and experience health care staff have in using this critical piece of equipment during emergent patient care. The SIMPad is a handheld device which gives clinical educators the ability to deliver simulation-based training as well as specialty courses to staff, such as Advanced CPR and Pediatric Life Support.

“The TELUS tradition of giving where we live here in Fort McMurray and throughout Wood Buffalo is evidenced by our long-time support of the Northern Lights Health Foundation,” said Nader Hodaly, TELUS general manager, Alberta North. “This gift was made possible through the commitment of our Optik TV customers. The TV for Good campaign has enabled us to contribute to the important work being done by the Health Foundation to ensure the continued health and well-being of our community.”

Since 2000, TELUS, its team members and retirees in Alberta contributed more than $940,000 and 5,000 volunteer hours to charitable and community organizations throughout Fort McMurray. Since its inception in 2007, the TELUS Alberta North Community Action Team has donated more than $186,000 in support of 51 local charitable projects.

About the Northern Lights Health Foundation
Established in 1985, the Northern Lights Health Foundation exists to provide funds to support health care priorities within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. For more information, visit www.nlhf.ca

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For more information, please contact:
Susanne Chaffey
Executive Director
Northern Lights Health Foundation
Tel: 780-791-6178 Cell: 780-715-5881 Email: susanne.chaffey@albertahealthservices.ca

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