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IMG_2101In the Boland household, giving is a family tradition. Once a child is old enough to understand what philanthropy means, then Kathleen Boland believes it’s time they start practicing it.

When the mother of three suggested that donations to a favorite charity, instead of presents, might be a good idea for her daughter’s 7th birthday party, Paisley knew exactly where she wanted the money to go.

The family has three charities they donate to regularly, but 7-year-old Paisley considers Hearts for Healthcare “her” charity.

Earlier this year, Paisley spent quite a bit of time at the hospital, under going medical and blood tests. Her mother, Kathleen, was impressed with the care they received.

On August 28th, at a bakery-themed party with cupcakes, donuts and cake pops, Paisley was happy to collect $100 towards the purchase of a new maternity bed for the hospital.

“This donation shows us that healthcare touches us all, no matter what the age. Thank you Paisley and all your friends,” says Hearts for Healthcare’s Greg Sylvestre, chair of the committee.

If you would like to make a donation to Hearts for Healthcare, donations can be mailed to 4009 - 50th St., Box 454, Cold Lake, AB., T9M 1P1.

Golfing "fore" a cause

Golfers enjoyed the last blast of summer weather while participating in the second annual 4 Wing Commander/Hearts for Healthcare Charity Golf Tournament, held at Palm Springs Golf Course on Sept. 10.

Blue skies and hot sunshine kept golfers in good spirits, as 17 teams played an 18-hole round of Best Ball.

2Lt Amanda Muhlig said response from the Wing and the community was great, with almost 70 registered golfers. She also said local businesses were extremely generous in providing items for the live auction.

The final tally isn’t in yet, but Muhlig believes they beat last year’s total, which was $8,000. That money went towards the purchase of a recovery monitor for the hospital.

The money raised from this year’s event is going towards the purchase of a second maternity bed for the hospital, which costs around $18,000.

Once again this year, Hearts for Healthcare was honored to join forces with 4 Wing on such a successful event. Thank you to the golfers, volunteers, organizers and sponsors for your hard work, generosity and, most of all, heart.


Pictured above: Members of Team Admin It to Win It

Hearts for Healthcare was recently featured in the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) campaign promoting the importance of energy in Alberta communities.

Alberta is Energy is an energy literacy program, showcasing the men and women of Alberta, their careers, challenges and accomplishments and building awareness about the energy industry and how it touches our lives,” says Colleen Houston, the campaign coordinator.

One of our committee members, Sharon Martin, was selected for a personal profile, based on the success of Hearts for Healthcare as an organization over the past two years. That success translates into an improved quality of life for citizens of Cold Lake, an area that is greatly impacted by the oil and gas industry.

With future growth expected in the energy industry surrounding Cold Lake, Martin predicts the demand on our healthcare resources will only continue to grow.

“The energy industry group in our area is continually being called upon to enhance our community with assistance for healthcare, sport, cultural and education projects. Our rural community is grateful and fortunate to be able to host significant events and projects in our area thanks to the assistance of our energy industry group,” says Martin.

Sharon recently stepped down as Coalition Coordinator, but continues to be an active member of the Hearts for Healthcare Coalition. 

You can read her profile on the Alberta Is Energy website and in print advertising across the province.

Rural Physician Action Plan News Release

6 September 2011

Dr. Siegfriedt Heydenrych named recipient of 2011 RPAP Early Careerist Award


EDMONTON -  A rural Alberta physician whose leadership has been vital in addressing his community's health care challenges is the recipient of the 2011 Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP) Early Careerist Award.

Dr. Siegfriedt Heydenrych, who has provided medical services for the Cold Lake community for six years, has been selected by the RPAP Board of Directors as the recipient of this year's award.

According to Dr. Clayne Steed, Chairman of the RPAP Board of Directors, the board selected Dr. Heydenrych because of his enthusiasm and commitment to rural practice, his participation in medical leadership at the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre and Primary Care Network (PCN), and his involvement in teaching.

Dr. Steed remarked that Dr. Heydenrcyh is involved in all aspects of healthcare within his community. This includes his roles as hospital chief of staff, physician lead for the Cold Lake Primary Care Network, member of the Hearts for Healthcare Coalition and mentor for third-year medical students.

"As one of the nominees from his community stated, "the hospital is his life". In our view, Dr. Heydenrych epitomizes the outstanding passion and dedication to rural medicine and community that the award recognizes."

Plans are now underway to recognize Dr. Heydenrych at an event in Cold Lake to be co-sponsored by the RPAP and the Cold Lake Hearts for Healthcare Coalition, an initiative of the Cold Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, in October 2011.

The RPAP Early Careerist Award was created in 2005 to recognize the significant contributions of a rural physician within the first twelve years of practice. In essence, these individuals are innovative, energetic and passionate about rural medicine and the rural lifestyle. They are seen to be current or future icons in their field and are already making a dfference for their clients, their community and medical practice. Fore more information, please visit www.rpap.ab.ca.

The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP) is an independent not-for-profit company funded by Alberta Health and Wellness. The RPAP was established in 1991 by the Government of Alberta and provides a provincially-focused comprehensive, integrated and sustained program for the education, attraction and retention of physicians for rural practice.


For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Koch

780-423-9911 ext. 106

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David Kay

RPAP Executive Director

780-423-9911 ext. 109

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Michelle Schurman

Communications Consultant

Cold Lake Hearts for Healthcare Coalition


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Work has begun on the site of the new assisted living facility for seniors.

Points West Cold Lake will be located on a 5-acre plot of land next to the hospital.

Phase One of the project will include 42 provincially funded beds for low to mid income seniors who qualify for subsidy, and 10 private suites.

Assisted living is a new concept to Cold Lake, offering more care than the current Lodge but not as much as long-term care.

For example, no registered nurses will work at the Points West facility. It will be staffed by Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s)and Health Care Aides (HCAs).

Gail Wolfe of the Concerned Seniors of Cold Lake says the Points West facility is aimed at mid to higher-income seniors. She says it is important for seniors and their caregivers to ask questions and do their own research about whether an Assisted Living Facility is right for them.

In conjunction with Hearts for Healthcare, Concerned Seniors has prepared the following list of questions to ask when touring and researching Assisted Living Facilities.