Your Donations at Work
Education and Bursaries
The Foundation is proud to invest $100,000 annually to the continued education and training of our health care professionals. Donor gifts to the Janeway Foundation help fund education grants and bursaries that keep our physicians and staff on top of rapid advancements in the medical field. This past year, once again, staff from various departments were granted the opportunity to
attend conferences and training initiatives, bringing the latest advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries to our pediatric population.
“Since returning from the Pediatric Vestibular Course, I have used my knowledge to assess and treat many children with vestibular-based issues. The results have been life
altering for the children and their families. Improvements in sleep patterns, energy levels and behaviours are welcome changes for the families.”
Janeway Occupational Therapist – Development and Rehab Team
At the Janeway, we pride ourselves on providing high quality healthcare and we are proud to invest in the education and learning of our physicians and staff. Your donations go toward providing opportunities for our practitioners to gain new knowledge, which allows them to provide the best care possible.
Equipment – Fluoroscopy Suite
Fluoroscopy images are created by passing small, highly-controlled amounts of radiation through the body, capturing the resulting shadows and reflections on film. Similar to standard X-rays that can produce a still picture of the body’s internal organs and bones, fluoroscopy uses X-rays to capture a moving image of an organ while it is functioning. In essence, fluoroscopy creates a live movie of the patient’s internal structures. Doctors then use this information to look for signs and symptoms of a disease or condition, enabling them to make a diagnosis. In addition, fluoroscopy may be an alternative method for evaluation of the spinal cord or bony joints for patients that are not MRI compatible. The less invasive a procedure, the less anxiety and discomfort for the child.
The new fluoroscopy suite benefits the child by:
• reducing the radiation dose to the child by 50%;
• being easier for children with mobility issues (for
example, the fluoroscopy table tilts to 90 degrees
allowing a child to remain in their wheelchair, which
is then placed between the detector and the table);
• providing highly-detailed image quality in real time; and
• resulting in a process that is fast and painless.
The Janeway is the primary clinical resource for pediatric teaching and research. Through a broad range of health professions in medicine, nursing and related health services, the Hospital and Memorial University work together – training the health care providers of tomorrow. Our Hospital also houses the only pediatric research centre in the province that has overseen up to 50 research projects at any given time.
Each year, the Janeway Foundation, on behalf of our donors and partners, funds $150,000 towards vital pediatric medical research. This year’s donation will fund research in areas including: high risk births, childhood obesity, genetics, infant feeding, and mental health.
One current study is looking at ways to improve the well-being of young people living with type 1 diabetes. “Newfoundland and Labrador has some of the highest reported rates of type 1 diabetes in the world,” stated Dr. Roger Chafe, Director, Janeway Pediatric Research Unit. “Currently, there are approximately 1,000 people in the province with the disease; roughly half are under the age of 18.” Dr. Chafe continued, “Without additional funding for such critical pediatric research, advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of illness would not be possible.”
The medical research work conducted at the Pediatric Research Unit has the potential to have long-term and positive impact on children and their families.
Child Health Programs
Many children spend extended periods of time at the Janeway dealing with serious health concerns that affect their overall well-being and mental health. Through donor support, our medical team is able to provide programming in areas such as LifeStyles, Eating Disorders and Diabetes, all of which teach children to better care for themselves today, improving their overall health for the future.
Telemental Health is one of the most active telemedicine services utilized in Canada and other countries, including the United States and Australia. Telemental Health is an internationally based broad term referring to the provision of mental health and substance use services from a distance. By using advanced communication technologies, mental health professionals are able to widen their reach to patients in a cost effective manner.
When children and their families are dealing with serious issues that affect their well-being and mental health, they can spend extended periods of time at the Janeway. Being away from their extended family members and friends can place added stress, during what can be one of the most challenging times in their lives.
However, through the use of videoconferencing technologies, children and youth suffering from mental health issues can be treated in their own communities, eliminating geographical barriers,
extensive travel and, at times, long hospital stays.
The Telemental Health Program, has been enhanced and expanded, improving patient access to health care professionals, addressing pressing needs in underserviced areas, while allowing for early intervention. Without this early intervention, children and youth suffering from mental health problems could face profound implications in the future, as they grow into adulthood.
By providing the technological equipment required for videoconferencing our youngest patients can speak with their mental health care professionals monthly, weekly, or even daily, without the added stress placed upon them by having to travel long distances.
Over the past year usage within the program has increased by 50%, enhancing access for patients and saving families time and transportation costs. The equipment has also been used routinely to offer therapeutic groups to youth who cannot access these services in their home communities. The growth of the Program throughout the province will continue to expand, with additional health care professionals taking part in the training.
Ensuring that our children continue to receive the best health care possible is of the highest importance to our Janeway staff. Through the Telemental Health Program we are providing an essential step in preparing our children for their future so they can develop to their full potential.
Another program funded by the Foundation is Music Therapy, the clinical use of music to promote mental and emotional health and improve the quality of life for children with psychological or physical conditions. Children like 3-year-old Minxie, who suffers from several cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease. Music Therapy is highly effective in relieving stress and anxiety, warding off depression and helping children learn to move in a fun environment decreasing their overall muscle tension.