Current Fundraising Projects
The Banff Mineral Springs Hospital is actively engaged in a fundraising campaign for the renovation/reconstruction of the Chapel in our hospital. Funds are required for re-building the Chapel to support the spiritual care needs of the residents of St. Martha’s Place, (an extended care department of the hospital and home to 25 residents), patients, families, staff and visitors of the hospital. Since the discovery of mould in August 2009 due to water damage, the physical space for the Chapel has been reduced by approximately 60%. The ceiling (skylight) continues to leak despite repairs. The space cannot be used when it is raining outside. The space available for resident / patient or family participation in Chapel service is severely compromised. We have raised $215,875 for this project through individual donations and a successful grant application. The total cost however is $400,000 which leaves us with a shortfall of $184,125.
The Banff Mineral Springs Hospital is actively engaged in a fundraising campaign for the Music Therapy Program in our hospital. The Music Therapy Program offers weekly music therapy programming for residents in the long-term care ward at Banff Mineral Springs Hospital. Music therapy services improve the quality of life for the long term care residents and staff. The goal of the programming is to promote and develop cognitive, physical, social, emotional and musical skills through the use of music.
As defined by the Canadian Association of Music Therapy “Music therapy is the use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote maintain and restore mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication and personal development”.
The hospital would like to provide a secure private room for mental health patients in distress to prevent them from harming themselves or others. Currently when individuals come to the hospital they are directed to the emergency department. Persons that have been involved in a stressful or difficult and traumatic situation need to have a sense of privacy that is not currently provided in the emergency room at the hospital. Creating a safe room would provide the privacy that is necessary to deal with the situation. In addition it would provide a room where the patient would not be able to cause harm to themselves or those working with, or treating or accompanying them.
Nurses, physicians, staff, those accompanying the acute mental health patients (RCMP, Bow Valley Victims Services, and of course the patients themselves) will benefit from a safe room in the emergency department. Throughout the year, they currently deal with many mental health patients that come in either for a short stay or until they are transferred to urban facilities. The hospital is an key facility for persons dealing with mental health issues to be able to come to, and to be able to provide a safe room for the patients and staff while diagnosing and treating the patient is extremely important.
For further information, please contact Leslie de Bie, Coordinator, Volunteer and Foundation Support at: leslie.deBie@covenanthealth.ca or 403-760-7249.