Our Priorities

To achieve their best health and best futures, we know children and families need support both inside and outside the walls of the Alberta Children’s Hospital. That’s why we work with our community to invest in life-saving, life-changing initiatives across the care continuum.

Prevention and Promotion – Whether it’s improving mental health literacy in schools, helping to predict and prevent pre-term birth or finding ways to reduce concussions, we help babies, children, teens and their families avoid needing the hospital in the first place.

Advancing Care – Children with even the most life-threatening conditions – from traumatic injury to cancer, brain and genetic disorders – receive nation-leading specialized care when they need it most thanks to a long history of community support.

Care in the Community – The generosity of donors enables families to access crucial services across the city. For example, our hospital is the first in Canada to provide cancer therapy for children in the comfort of their own homes. Philanthropy also made possible The Summit: Marian & Jim Sinneave Centre for Youth Resilience which opened its doors in March of 2023.

Underpinning progress and success in the work across the care continuum are family centred care, innovative research and the education of our next generation of health experts.

Family Centred Care – Children, youth, and families are at the heart of everything we do. They are respected and included as partners in their care and supported holistically throughout their health journeys. Therapeutic arts, a family and community resource centre and Rotary Flames House are several examples of how donations support healing that extends beyond medicine.

Research and Education – We need science and innovation to move medicine forward. What we do to help children can have life-long impact. That’s why Child Health and Wellness Research is a priority for the University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services and our Foundation – and why more than 300 researchers at our hospital and UCalgary are working tirelessly to better understand the most perplexing pediatric diseases, improve current treatments, create new therapies and find much-needed cures for children here and around the world. At the same time, we are collectively ensuring a new generation of brilliant scientists can take us even further in discovery and care in the years ahead.