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February 12, 2015
CANADIAN PACIFIC PUMPS NEW LIFE INTO KIDS’ HEART HEALTH
In honour of Heart Month, Children’s Health Foundation celebrates the grand opening of a new cardiac care lab at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC)
LONDON, ON – Thanks to a transformational donation of more than $1.3 million from Canadian Pacific (CP), the CP Healthy Hearts Laboratory officially opened at Children’s Hospital, LHSC today. The establishment of a Healthy Hearts Research Fund and improvements to the existing Children’s Cardiac Care Centre were also made possible by CP’s gift.
Through the 2014 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open (CPWO), held in August 2014 at the London Hunt & Country Club, more than $1.3 M was contributed by CP to fund the CP Healthy Hearts Laboratory, to launch a Healthy Hearts Research Fund, and to renew Children’s Cardiac Care Centre in support of Children’s Hospital and Children’s Health Research Institute (CHRI).
“The opening of the CP Healthy Hearts Lab at Children’s Hospital marks CP’s first major contribution through our CP Has Heart community giving program,” said CP CEO Hunter Harrison. “We couldn’t have asked for better inaugural partners than Children’s Health Foundation and Children’s Hospital at LHSC, or for a better cause to support.”
This significant contribution has established a child-friendly space and purchased new cardiopulmonary stress testing equipment designed to suit the unique needs of paediatric patients, which in addition to a research fund, has enabled Children’s Hospital and CHRI to assemble a multi-disciplinary team to address children’s heart health with three complementary strategies. New equipment will help paediatric cardiologists to monitor the function of a child’s heart, lungs and metabolism during physical activity, thereby helping Children’s Hospital’s and CHRI’s heart health specialists to make recommendations to patient families that promote healthy lifestyles.
“Canadian Pacific’s dedication to heart health is helping to save and improve kids’ lives across our region,” shares Susan Crowley, President and CEO of Children’s Health Foundation. “CP has transformed paediatric cardiology, and we are so proud of what we have been able to accomplish working with visionary partners. Their generous investment will bring hope to the families across Canada whose children are coping with heart disease by supporting them now and well into the future.”
Children’s cardiologists also aim to develop a better understanding of the genetic origins of congenital heart disease (CHD) with the aim of enhancing diagnostic and preventative measures for the 1 in 100 children born with CHD each year. The third component of this research initiative involves identifying social and environmental factors that contribute to obesity, which is a major risk for cardiovascular disease.
“As a children’s hospital within a hospital, we are uniquely positioned to provide a seamless continuum of care to the paediatric patients who are being followed by our cardiologists as they transition to adult care at London Health Sciences Centre,” shares Laurie Gould, Chief Clinical Officer, LHSC. “This means that CP’s Healthy Hearts Research Fund and Laboratory will contribute to discoveries that support healthy, energetic children as they become vibrant, active adults.”
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ABOUT CHILDREN’S HEALTH FOUNDATION
Children’s Health Foundation raises and grants funds to support specialized paediatric patient care and equipment at Children’s Hospital, the delivery of exceptional programs, long-term therapy and rehabilitation services at Thames Valley Children’s Centre and research into the causes and cures of children’s health challenges at Children’s Health Research Institute.
The funds raised by Children’s Health Foundation empower paediatric health care partners to serve all of the unique needs of young patients across Southwestern Ontario. From innovative care and rehabilitation to ground-breaking research, Children’s Health Foundation positively impacts each component of paediatric health care, helping kids to reach their full potential and lead happy, healthy lives. Learn more at http://childhealth.ca/get-know
ABOUT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, LONDON HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE
Children’s Hospital has been caring for children and their families since 1922. Children’s Hospital is the regional paediatric referral centre for Southwestern Ontario, serving an area of over 29,000 square kilometers and a population base of over 2.5 million people (including more than 500,000 children). Children’s Hospital cares for the most medically complex and critically ill patients in our region. Last year, 106,000 paediatric patients were cared for at Children’s, including over 36,000 children who received emergency medical treatment. Learn more at http://childhealth.ca/get-know/childrens-hospital.
ABOUT CHILDREN’S HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Children’s Health Research Institute (CHRI) discovers ways to prevent and treat diseases affecting babies, children and youth. CHRI is the third largest, hospital-based child health research institute in Canada. Located in London, Ontario, Canada, CHRI is a part of Lawson Health Research Institute. CHRI’s basic, clinical and population-based researchers translate knowledge acquired in the lab into better and novel treatments for children’s diseases and injuries. The Institute aims to conduct research of the highest international standards to optimize the life-long health outcomes of children and youth in Canada and around the world. Learn more at http://childhealth.ca/get-know/childrens-health-research-institute.
ABOUT THE 2014 CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN
From August 18-24, the stars of the LPGA Tour challenged one another for the inaugural 2014 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open (CPWO) Championship at the London Hunt & Country Club in London, Ontario. So Yeon Ryu claimed the title of CPWO champion. The CPWO, Canada’s National Championship, was proudly sponsored by Canadian Pacific, Golf Canada, Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade, Adidas Golf, The Glenlivet, Four Points by Sheraton London, and CVS Controls LTD. Learn more at http://www.cpwomensopen.com/.
ABOUT CP HAS HEART
At CP we know that a railroad may serve as the arteries of a nation, but at its heart is community. That's why through CP Has Heart, we're committed to improving the heart health of men, women and children across North America. And along the way, we're showing heart whenever we can. Find out more on www.cpr.ca or @CPhasHeart.
ABOUT CANADIAN PACIFIC
Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise.
ABOUT GOLF CANADA – LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME.
Golf Canada is the National Sports Organization and governing body for golf in Canada representing close to 322,000 golfers at nearly 1,500 member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada’s mission is to grow participation, excellence and passion in the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our goal is to be relevant to and respected by all Canadian golf enthusiasts from coast to coast. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.
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