HAMILTON: On July 29, McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation celebrated the opening of the redeveloped Hemodialysis Clinic at McMaster Children’s Hospital. The clinic is the only place in south-central Ontario where pediatric patients with kidney disorders, such as chronic kidney disease and acute kidney injury, and those who require dialysis, are treated.
The redevelopment project was made possible thanks to the tireless efforts of Charlotte and Tim Blevins of Cambridge. McMaster Children’s Hospital saved their daughter Kayla’s life when she developed a severe E. coli infection, which led to life-threatening kidney failure. Grateful for the care their daughter received, the Blevins championed the Caring for Little Kidneys campaign and pledged to raise $650,000 to redevelop the Hemodialysis Clinic. As the owners of Reid’s Heritage Homes, the Blevins rallied their network, as well as the community, to support their many fundraising events.
“We feel incredibly fortunate that, due to the talent and care of the health care specialists at McMaster Children’s Hospital, Kayla continues to grow and flourish today,” says Tim Blevins. “Through the Caring for Little Kidneys campaign, we were committed to supporting the creation of a new Hemodialysis Clinic to help more children like Kayla in times of urgent need.”
Upgrades to the clinic have been made to enhance the patient experience, which is especially important as patients visit the clinic several times a week and spend hundreds of hours receiving dialysis during the entirety of their treatment at McMaster Children’s Hospital. The new clinic has three customized treatment areas, all containing age-appropriate toys and electronics that keep patients occupied during their treatment. The rooms are colourful and adorned with a building-block theme, creating a bright and fun environment. The clinic can accommodate patients in a hospital bed or wheelchair.
“As the only hospital that provides dialysis for children in our region, the new Hemodialysis Clinic allows McMaster Children’s Hospital to provide world-class expertise in a purpose built environment,” says Dr. Peter Fitzgerald, President, McMaster Children’s Hospital. “The Blevins’ support has made it possible for children and youth to receive life-saving care in an environment that elevates the patient experience, accommodates caregivers and gives staff twice as much room to deliver care.”
McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation is tremendously thankful to the Blevins family, as well as all supporters of the Caring for Little Kidneys campaign.
“The new Hemodialysis Clinic is only possible thanks to the generous support of Tim and Charlotte Blevins,” says Pearl Veenema, President & CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. “Their gifts and event proceeds provided 100 per cent of the funds required to build the new clinic. They are passionate members of our donor community who have gone above and beyond to give back to McMaster Children’s Hospital.”
About McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation:
McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, as part of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, is focused on raising funds in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital, including Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre, McMaster University Medical Centre and their programs. The Foundation provides funding for leading-edge equipment and patient amenities, innovative research initiatives, redevelopment of patient care spaces, and the education and training of health care providers.
McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation supports specialized pediatric and women’s reproductive health programs. The second largest provider of inpatient pediatric services in Ontario, the site is also home to a dedicated pediatric emergency department, more than 40 outpatient clinics, the province’s largest neonatal intensive care unit including supportive maternal care, the largest single-site inpatient pediatric mental health program in Canada, and the only pediatric trauma centre in the region. Specialized outpatient services are provided at Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre, as part of McMaster Children’s Hospital. At its shared home with the Hospital, McMaster University Medical Centre delivers a wide range of women’s reproductive health services, including high-risk obstetrics and pre-natal screening, as well as a number of adult outpatient and day surgery clinics. The Foundation is focused on enabling outstanding patient care through its goal of Health Care, Transformed.
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