SASKATOON – The Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan will feature a room specializing in therapy and rehabilitation thanks to a $450,000 donation from a Estevan-based construction company. Kelly Panteluk Construction Ltd. (KPCL) handed over a cheque to the hospital’s foundation Tuesday.
“It will make us feel very warm and good to know if we’ve been able to help and assist some family in making something a little bit easier for them,” said Kelly Panteluk, president of KPCL.
The assessment room, situated in the pediatric outpatient department, will offer space to treat genetic, neuro-motor and metabolic disorders. The multidisciplinary space will also be used by doctors, therapists and nurses to treat other acute and chronic conditions.
“It’s a therapeutic room that will help children with mobility issues and help them gain strength. Sometimes there are motor skills that require a little bit more sharpening,” said Brynn Boback-Lane, president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.
Jennifer and Glen Olauson understand the challenges of raising a child with a genetic disorder. Their seven-year-old daughter Anna has Prader-Willi Syndrome, which among other issues, causes low muscle tone.
Anna was born premature with a heart condition, weighed two pounds and three ounces and needed a respirator to breathe.
“It’s amazing how much support she needed to get where she is today,” said Jennifer, who is also a family ambassador with the foundation.
The parents have taken Anna for physical, occupational and speech therapy. Anna has also been to hearing and vision specialists.
“Not all of her stuff has been here in the province. We’ve had to travel outside to Edmonton multiple times. We travel every few months still to the see the specialist over there,” said Jennifer.
She hopes the family won’t have to travel as often when many services can be centralized in Saskatoon at the children’s hospital.
The 176-bed facility is scheduled for completion in 2019 and is estimated to cost $285 million.