Alberta Children’s Hospital / AHS
The Alberta Children’s Hospital has been caring for children and families since May 19, 1922. With generous support from the community, it has grown to become a nationally and internationally recognized leader in pediatric medicine, providing specialized treatment for children up to the age of 18 from across Alberta, Saskatchewan and southeastern British Columbia.
Today, the state-of-the-art hospital we built together is a magnet for brilliant experts focused not only on delivering the best care available, but also on improving and creating new therapeutic options, giving even the sickest of children the best chance for a happy and healthy life.
Decades of philanthropic support have enabled Calgary to lead the way in transforming child health on many fronts, including:
- Cystic Fibrosis: Our hospital spearheaded studies that paved the way for CF newborn screening across the country. By identifying babies with CF at birth, specialists can provide therapies at the earliest possible point. Prior to newborn screening, the median age of survival for people with CF was 35. It is now 54.
- Sickle Cell Disease: Clinician-scientists in the Hematology, Oncology and Transplant program are world leaders in helping children with sickle cell disease – a condition that can cause debilitating pain, lung complications, stroke, heart disease and blindness. Using low-intensity blood and marrow transplants, Alberta Children’s Hospital specialists are now completely curing young people of this previously life-long disease.
- Non-invasive Brain Stimulation: Community donations funded the creation of Canada’s first pediatric neurostimulation centre. Using non-invasive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), specialists are discovering new ways to help children with brain-related disorders, including stroke, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD and eating disorders.
Beyond the walls of the Alberta Children’s Hospital, we are also proud to partner with other hospitals within Alberta Health Services and with child and family-serving agencies in our community. Executive leadership from the AHS Calgary Zone and the Alberta Children’s Hospital serve on our Board of Directors. They help to identify and prioritize initiatives that require community funding based on the highest needs of the children and families they care for every day.
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