Providence Healthcare Foundation
Providence Healthcare Foundation

WIPP's Impact at Providence

The Power of WIPP

A History of Impact at Providence Healthcare

2019 - $100,000
Walk Safe, Walk Strong

The Walk Safe, Walk Strong project will improve patient comfort and rehabilitation at Providence Healthcare. This 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.

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


2018 - $100,000
Houses of Providence Revitalization

Innovative renovations will improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable residents with severe dementia in Sumac and Juniper Houses. This funding will remove a wall between Sumac and Juniper and replace it with a collapsible partition to create a longer wandering path and more space for activities. It will also renovate nursing stations to maximize supervision, visibility, and resident engagement. Finally, this project will also enhance the environment with calming murals proven to stimulate residents and reduce anger, anxiety and depression.

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2018 - $100,000
Therapeutic Surfaces

Providence Healthcare purchased 37 therapeutic surfaces and 40 heel managers to better treat and prevent pressure injuries in our palliative care patients and long-term residents. Many of our patients are residents spend extended time in bed and are unable to reposition themselves. These dynamic surfaces make small adjustments in the air-filled cells to reduce soreness and skin damage associated with continuous pressure, especially over bony prominences.

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2016 - $100,000
Innovative Therapy using iPad Technology

WIPP purchased 38 iPads, 14 secure mounting systems, 150+ applications per iPad to create unique opportunities to improve cognitive, communication and motor skills. iPads are securely mounted throughout the hospital or can be signed out for patients to continue their rehabilitation independently from our staff. Our patients LOVE these iPads and are pleased to incorporate innovative technology in their rehab journey. View the video here.

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2015 - $100,000
Season's Café

WIPP funded much needed renovations to the hospital cafeteria to create Season’s Café, a welcoming, comfortable, and accessible space to share a meal. The new space is a great place for patients, families and staff to get away from the clinical spaces and enjoy quality time together. Season’s Café offers a quiet area for special occasions, comfortable seating, LCD TVs, vending machines with healthy snacks, microwaves, better ventilation in the kitchen, and improved lighting and heating throughout.

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2014 - $100,000
Palliative Care Equipment

In 2014, WIPP supported “Re-defining Palliative Care” through the Hope Starts Here Campaign. This campaign transformed how palliative care meets the needs of patients and their loved ones experiencing an end-of-life journey. WIPP’s contribution is recognized with a plaque on one of our two Family Guest Suite’s which allows family members to stay overnight and rest while remaining close to their loved ones during this difficult time.

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2013 - $100,000
Activity Room and Palliative Care Equipment

WIPP’s $100,000 in 2013 completed a 3 year Hope Starts Here Campaign pledge which gave them naming rights to the A3 Activity Room. The A3 Activity Room is a space for patients to work on everyday tasks such as picking up groceries, loading a washing machine, and getting in and out of bed. Spaces like this are essential to offer practical rehab that will help patients regain their independence and confidence.

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2012 - $100,000
Executive Chef

The Houses of Providence recognize the importance of providing delicious, healthy meals to support the well-being and enjoyment of our residents. This funding allowed us to hire an Executive Chef for one year to train existing staff and create a plan that addresses the nutritional needs of all residents while vastly improving the quality of food we serve. Since then, the Houses have continued to serve high quality meals and receive numerous compliments from residents and their loved ones.

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2011 - $75,000
Activity Room and Palliative Care Equipment

WIPP’s $100,000 in 2013 completed a 3 year Hope Starts Here Campaign pledge which gave them naming rights to the A3 Activity Room. The A3 Activity Room is a space for patients to work on everyday tasks such as picking up groceries, loading a washing machine, and getting in and out of bed. Spaces like this are essential to offer practical rehab that will help patients regain their independence and confidence.


2010 - $50,000
Special Dementia Care Program

WIPP supported the Houses of Providence in enhancing the dementia care program, including the purchase of specialized equipment, environmental enhancements, and support staff training for this vulnerable population. With 80% of residents experiencing some degree of dementia, this program benefits almost all 288 residents by creating a comforting environment and activities that respond to their needs to alleviate anxious behaviours.

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