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Hearts for Healthcare is extremely pleased to partner with 4 Wing for the 2nd Annual 4 Wing Commander Charity Golf Invitational. We are excited at the prospect of buying new maternity beds for the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre with revenue generated from this event.

There are 350 babies born at our hospital every year! It's our wives, daughters, sisters and friends using the obstetrics department to bring new life into this world. Surely, they deserve the very best, modern and comfortable maternity beds available. 

The beds are expensive; the cost is estimated at approximately $18,000 each. Last year's golf tournament raised $8,000, so if we can make this year's event bigger and better, we would be well on our way to buying one of the two beds needed.

For this year's Charity Golf Tournament to be a success, we need your help. We are looking for hole sponsors, raffle prizes, auction items and closest to the pin prizes. ATB has generously looked after the $10,000 HOle In One Chance. Our community has already been so generous to our cause, and we'd like to thank you in advance for helping us out in any possible way.

It's going to be a fun-filled day in support of local healthcare. Invite your friends to join a team of four, or you an register individually. The registration fee is $90 per person or $360 for a team of four which includes green fees, banquet and great prizes. Don't miss out!


2nd Annual 4 Wing Commander Charity Golf Invitational 

Palm Springs Golf Club

September 10, 2011

4 Person Best Ball

1 pm Shot Gun Start


To register, call Amanda Muhlig at 780-840-8000 extension 6991 or email Amanda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, showcasing your business as a hole sponsor, or donating a prize, please contact Sharon Martin, 780-594-4747 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

She’s only been in Cold Lake for a few weeks, but already nurse practitioner Elaine Wall feels she’s making a difference.

Working out of the Cold Lake Primary Care Network on the second floor of the hospital, Wall is seeing patients by appointment four days a week between 8:30 – 4:30.

You can immediately sense her passion for rural practice and her patients. She seems to thrive on breaking down the barriers that prevent optimal health.

There was the patient with high blood pressure who hadn’t seen a doctor in six years, the young client who suspected she’d been date-raped and yet another patient suffering from facial rosacea, who’s self esteem was taking a beating -- these are the kinds of patients Elaine Wall welcomes with open arms.

“It’s healthcare for the underdog, and that’s the kind of healthcare I like, I like to be an advocate for those who can’t or won’t speak for themselves,” says Wall.


After practicing independently in Loon Lake and Goodsoil, Saskatchewan for six years, Wall made the decision to move across the border to Alberta to join family here and take on a new “challenge”.

She says the idea of working in a brand new clinic, which incorporates a nurse, nurse practitioner and physicians, was very appealing. Cold Lake doctors rotate through the clinic one morning per week.

“You learn more if you can work with other people, rub shoulders and throw ideas out, that’s what I’m hoping for,” she says.

So far, most of her Cold Lake patients are those referred from the ER for follow-up because they don’t have a family doctor. Some of her patients do have a family doctor, but must wait between 3-4 weeks for an appointment. “Sometimes you just have an urgent issue, like an earache, that can’t wait for 3-4 weeks,” she says.

Assisted by a full-time registered nurse, the clinic is open to all, including prenatal patients up until their third trimester, at which time they are referred back to their doctor. The clinic also specializes in chronic disease management, as well as advising patients with hypertension, high cholesterol and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The PCN is still a work in progress, but Wall is excited to take on more patients and fulfill what she sees is a great need in the community.

She closes our interview the same way she often bids farewell to her patients – with a hug and a warm smile.

To book an appointment at the Primary Care Network, you can call 780-
639-0011. To learn more about the PCN, visit its website at www.coldlakepcn.ca.

IMG_8514THearts for Healthcare’s Sharon Martin will be featured in an upcoming 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.

Houston met Martin on a recent trip to Cold Lake and immediately recognized Martin’s work with Hearts for Healthcare as a “perfect profile”.

She was selected 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.

Ms. Martin is a native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where she worked extensively with the Prince Albert Raiders Hockey Club, after holding several key positions with the Saskatchewan government. She moved to Cold Lake in September 2009 to join family and assumed the role of coalition coordinator with Hearts for Healthcare.

Sharon’s personal profile will be used on the Alberta Is Energy website www.albertaisenergy.ca and in print advertising across the province, beginning in August.

IMG_0364For the second year in a row, shoppers at Value Drug Mart North have found it in their wallets and their hearts to support local healthcare in a big way.

Ron Mattice, the owner of Value Drug Mart, recently presented Theresa Nickel of Hearts for Hospital with a cheque for $1,891.00. The money was raised at the till during the month of May.

“Last year, the cashiers talked about the need for doctors, this year they talked about the need for a new CT machine and people gave generously,” says Mattice, noting one shopper donated more than spare change, but  $100.

The month-long fundraiser is part of the store’s Keeping It In The Community program, an effort to support local charities and give back to the community.

Mattice credits his warm and friendly cashiers Claudette Lafrance and Chand Kapoor for the campaign’s success.


A variety of programs run by Community Health Services in Cold Lake will benefit from a $4,000 equipment upgrade from Hearts for Healthcare.

A new electric bed, a curling without ice system for seniors and mobility aids, such as walkers, top the list.

“It’s fantastic…it’s really going to make a big difference to our home care and long term care residents,” says Sharon Winik, manager of Allied Health.

The electric bed currently in use is in desperate need of replacement and the new one will service mainly palliative clients, to keep them comfortable in their final days at home.

A special thank you to Norlite IDA for selling the bed at cost.


The NAK curling without ice system is a form of “recreation therapy’” for seniors living in long-term care. Winik says it enhances the residents’ quality of life, helps them keep active and allows them to enjoy a sport many of them played in their younger days.

“We’ve really wanted one for Cold Lake for some time. We have borrowed from other sites, so this is the first in the Cold Lake area,” adds Winik.

The money also means upgrades for the equipment loaner pool, which includes wheelchairs, walkers, showering and toileting aids borrowed by people recovering at home.

Hearts for Healthcare chairman Greg Sylvestre says the group’s mission to enhance health services also applies to community-based healthcare.

“A lot of healthcare happens outside of the hospital. We’re pleased to be able to make a difference to worthwhile community programs and to patients even after they leave the hospital,” says Sylvestre.