Providence Healthcare Foundation
Providence Healthcare Foundation

2019 WIPP Project Winner, Valerie McWhinnie (left) and Maggie Bruneau (right), VP, Clinical Programs & CNE at Providence Healthcare

WIPP Celebrates 10 Years of Innovation, Community and Strength!

May 07, 2019

On Tuesday, April 23, Providence Healthcare Foundation held its annual Women in Philanthropy for Providence (WIPP) voting meeting where employees pitched their project ideas to WIPP donors in the hopes of being selected for funding. This year’s meeting was a very special one as not only did they grant $100,000, but WIPP celebrated its 10th anniversary!

The women reviewed four innovative $100,000 proposals and selected one project to fund that will improve patient comfort and rehabilitation at Providence Healthcare:

Walk Safe, Walk Strong - Congratulations to Valerie McWhinnie!

The Walk Safe, Walk Strong project includes the purchase of two Litegait equipment systems for both the inpatient and outpatient clinics that will help train patients to walk again in a safe and comfortable environment.

Special thanks to Stacey Connors, Katrina Hill, Joyce Lee, Sofia da Silva and Faye Roberts who worked very hard to create great proposals. The remaining three projects will be given a second chance for funding at MAPP's annual voting meeting on June 19th.

Very special thanks to our Gold Sponsor RBC, and Silver Sponsor Josie Walsh for making this milestone event possible. Thanks to GC Gourmet Customized Services who served a delicious Indian dinner for our guests and donors. This fantastic evening can all be re-lived thanks to Nathan Piquette-Miller Photography - check out the photos of the night here.

Here is a sneak peek at the project that will happen as a result of this year’s generous $100,000 grant to Providence.

Training patients to walk again is one of the main treatment goals of physiotherapists at Providence Healthcare. The LiteGait system was identified as a system that was far superior to the current harness systems in the hospital. This new system has the capacity to collect data, which would facilitate program evaluation and research to improve patient outcomes; and can be used as a treadmill to tap into walking centers in the neurological system to promote recovery in the body.