Rexall Foundation Funding Telemedicine Program at Hotel Dieu Hospital
January 29, 2016
KINGSTON, ON – The Rexall Foundation has donated $27,300 to establish a Telemedicine Consult and Assessment Program as part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Urgent Consult Clinic at Hotel Dieu Hospital.
“We are pleased with this donation from the Rexall Foundation,” said University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) Board of Directors member Pat McCue. “This gift will have a positive impact on many young people who may not have the ability to get to Kingston for the care they so urgently need. It’s an impact that will be made in the lives of children and youth from across Southeastern Ontario for years to come.”
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Urgent Consult Clinic provides urgently-needed mental health services to over 500 adolescents each year, half of whom are travelling from areas outside of Kingston to access this care. The introduction of a Telemedicine Consult and Assessment Program will give young patients in rural areas or with barriers to accessibility the opportunity to receive treatment and consultation via videoconference through a secure Ontario Telemedicine Network connection.
“Telemedicine gives patients real-time access to the staff in the clinic,” says Mike McDonald, Chief of Patient Care at Hotel Dieu Hospital. “If you’re living in Bancroft and you need to talk to someone, we can arrange for you to be talking to our team here in Kingston without travelling. It brings the clinics from Kingston, to those rural patients and families.”
Since 2002, the Rexall Foundation has been helping build strong communities by supporting charitable organizations in cities where Rexall stores are located. Whether it’s a community or children’s hospital or a disease prevention organization, the Rexall Foundation values the role it plays in helping the delivery of numerous programs and services in Canada. This is their first gift to Kingston’s hospitals.
“We are thrilled to know that the Rexall Foundation’s donation will play a role in helping families in the Kingston and surrounding areas access the important mental health services they need,” said Christopher Garnett, Regional Director, Rexall.