SickKids Foundation

SickKids Foundation

June 09, 2006 10:30 ET

Reminder-Media Advisory: SickKids Foundation Hosts Reunited Sharon, Lois and Bram, Honourable Tony Clement to Celebrate Launch of Rotman Award

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 9, 2006) -

Newly created by SickKids Foundation and funded by Janis Rotman,
The Rotman Award rewards and inspires excellence in paediatric home care

What: The newly created Rotman Award for Paediatric Home Care Innovation, created by SickKids Foundation and made possible through a generous donation by Janis Rotman, is the first award of its kind and the largest annual prize for best practice/excellence to a non-profit organization in Canada.

The Rotman Award will be presented to the organization that most embodies innovation and best practices in paediatric home care. The Rotman Award was created by SickKids Foundation to encourage and inspire excellence in paediatric home care throughout Canada.

Who: The Rotman Award presented by: The Honourable Tony Clement,
Federal Minister of Health

Special guests: Sharon, Lois and Bram reuniting
for the first time since Lois
retired in 2000 - all in
celebration of The Rotman Award.

Children and their families from
different parts of Canada who use
paediatric home care, including
Virginie Laurendeau, 11, a
talented musician and winner of
multiple medals at the 2005
Transplant Olympics (athletic
competition for people who have
had transplants), and Mathew
Beare, 13, whose life has regained
a sense of normalcy through
paediatric home care following
a lawnmower tractor accident that
cost him much of his small and
large intestines.

Front line workers (doctors and
nurses) in paediatric home care
from different parts of Canada,
including the winning

When: June 12, 9am

Where: The Garden Patio, main floor,
Atrium of The Hospital for Sick
Children (Elizabeth Street
Entrance) 170 Elizabeth Street


There has been a quiet revolution in children's health care. Advances in medical care have seen children who once would have died -- survive. With that comes a responsibility to ensure quality of life - and it is paediatric home care that has lead that charge.

The Rotman Award for Paediatric Home Care Innovation, created by SickKids Foundation and made possible through a generous donation by Janis Rotman, is a new award meant to reward, foster, encourage and inspire excellence in the mission of caring for ill children while allowing them to remain as engaged in their normal lives as possible.

Paediatric home care is transforming lives through new ways of thinking and better medical services that let kids be kids; it is keeping families together in times of illness, bridging the gap between hospital, home and community, seeking creative solutions that allow even the sickest of children to live - and sometimes die - at home with their families and in the comfort of their communities.

The Award:

Created by SickKids Foundation and made possible through a generous donation by Janis Rotman, The Rotman Award for Paediatric Home Care Innovation is the first Canadian award of its kind. It is also the largest annual recognition for best practice/excellence to a non-profit organization. Each year, $100,000 will be given to one organization whose practices and vision embody the best in paediatric home care innovation. The goal of the award is to acknowledge and reward the winning institution for its innovation in home and community care practices, to promote the practices of the winning organization so that other organizations may learn from their best practices, and to further encourage excellence in the winning organization.

SickKids Foundation

SickKids Foundation was established in 1972. Its mission is to inspire its communities to invest in health and scientific advances to improve the lives of children and their families in Canada and around the world. Its vision is: "Healthier children. A better world."

In addition to its support of The Hospital for Sick Children, the Foundation has a mandate to support children's health on a national basis. Through its National Grants Program, SickKids Foundation invests $3.5 million annually across Canada in paediatric research, focusing on issues important to children's health which have not been addressed elsewhere.

Home and community care for children, youth and families is an area where research was virtually non-existent and, as the shift of care to the home increased, answers were needed with increasing urgency.

SickKids Foundation Home Care Initiatives

The SickKids Foundation National Grants Program convened a group of experts from a wide range of fields - research, paediatric home care management, clinical medicine, and policy - to devise a strategic approach to home health care research. This group adopted a three-sided approach: to form a network that would link stakeholders across Canada; to fund research; and to draw these together in a series of forums that would define the issues, and devise solutions and methods of implementing them.

The Children and Youth Home Care Network

The network of stakeholders that was formed, the Children and Youth Home Care Network (CYHN) sponsored by SickKids Foundation, has attracted more than 400 researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, and families from across Canada to help develop knowledge for improved paediatric care, and to provide an important platform for interchange of ideas, and dissemination of progress and results of research.

Research on Home Care

Since 2000, SickKids National Grants Program has supported 13 major peer-reviewed research projects and five doctoral awards, one post-doctoral, and one master's award dealing with issues such as the cost-effectiveness of home care versus hospital care; ethical issues in paediatric home care; and best practices in paediatric home care delivery.

In 2003, two overarching research initiatives were added, conducted by national working groups rather than individual researchers, to bring a national perspective to the questions of home care: an outcomes measures project, and an optimal approaches project.

A detailed list of research projects specific to home care that are funded by SickKids Foundation is available upon request.

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