Last year’s recipient of a $40,500 WGC grant was the LGH Speech Language Pathology Department. Pictured here are (l-r) Jana Tutt, Lauren Butters, Ali Duke, FEES trainer Cathy Silversides and Mia Mosters.

LGH Foundation now accepting applications for North Shore Women’s Giving Circle grants

Looking for funding for a special project?

Lions Gate Hospital Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) invites funding applications from VCH employees on the North Shore for projects that address a minimum of two of VCH’s four organizational goals:

  • Promote the best care
  • Promote better health for our communities
  • Develop the best workforce
  • Innovate for sustainability

Applications can be for capital items or unique program opportunities for Coastal (North Shore) up to a maximum value of $50,000. Individual requests for education, conference support or salary replacement requests will not be considered.

Click here to access the application form. Please ensure to first download the file onto your device. Then, edit and save the form in a PDF reader, not a web browser, before submitting.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, August 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm. Short-listed applicants will be notified by August 31 and will be required to make a 10 min. presentation on Tuesday, September 19 between 10-11:30 am. If your grant is approved, funds must be used before June 30, 2018.

Last year’s winner

Last year, WGC gave $40,500 to the FEES (Fibre Optic Endoscopic  Evaluation of Swallowing) Project following an application from Speech Language Pathologists at Lions Gate Hospital. The team were able to purchase an HD video nasolaryngoscope with a video processor and mobile cart to use by speech pathologists to assess swallowing function in acute patients such as those who have had a stroke, Parkinson’s or head or neck cancer.

With the new equipment, staff are able to monitor patients to see if food or fluid is entering their airways. Without FEES, it is not easy to observe this “silent” aspiration from the bedside. The previous alternative was a Modified Barium Swallow for which there is a waitlist.

By identifying patients at risk from aspiration the team can cut down on cases of pneumonia and cut mortality rates.

Ali Duke, Professional Practice Leader – SLP was the team lead for the application.

The Women’s Giving Circle was founded by 10 philanthropic North Shore residents in December 2014.  The goal of the Circle is to fund unique projects on the North Shore that address one of the four organizational goals of VCH; engage other women in philanthropy and, learn more about health care in their community.

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