This month, we celebrate 10 years of Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, Canada’s largest integrated community health centre with 24-hour urgent care services and over 40 health care programs. It is located in the Beltline area of downtown Calgary and serves an incredibly diverse population. Many of these programs benefit from philanthropic support from generous donors like you:
Through the generosity of Jim Gray and friends’ donation through Calgary Health Trust in memory of his late wife Justina Gray, ten state-of-the-art dialysis chairs with stationary bike capabilities were donated to the Hemodialysis Unit in 2017.
We are proud to support the Sheldon Chumir Dental Clinic which performs over 900 emergency dental treatments every year and provides basic dental services for those who cannot afford coverage. This prevents more severe health complications from arising in the future.
In 2011, FirstEnergy Capital Corp. donated the first funds in support of the Safeworks Harm Reduction Program by purchasing a new van. This Safeworks Van is equipped with nurses, social and outreach workers, who work to provide harm reduction services such as safe injection information, physical and mental health assessments, as well as Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing, treatment, and immunizations.
ELBOW RIVER HEALING LODGE
The Aboriginal Health Strategy is focused on bridging the divide between convention and tradition. The Healing Lodge opened in the Sheldon Chumir Health Centre in 2014, where traditional healers collaborate with medical practitioners to provide a harmony of emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health for all patients who need it.
The CSART (Calgary Sexual Assault Response Team) initiative provides victims of sexual assault with medical treatment and support 24/7. The initiative has also provided a new option, thanks to support from donors and the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund, to have forensic evidence from frozen and securely stored, giving them more time to decide to proceed with a police investigation.