30 years of life-changing care

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Covenant Health has been making a difference with the help of Covenant Foundation Lottery for over 30 years. Every ticket purchased has a far-reaching impact.

Terry’s Story

In September 2001, I had just moved to Sherwood Park and became extremely ill and did not know the cause. I had no family doctor, and as my illness got worse, I was referred to Dr. Bala at the Grey Nuns hospital.

After examining me, Dr. Bala was able to figure out what was causing my illness and, thanks to his diagnosis and the care from the staff at the Grey Nuns, I was able to make a full recovery.

21 years later, I am still under the care of Dr. Bala, although in much better health these days.

My experience with Dr. Bala and the staff at the Grey Nuns is one of the reasons I always support the Covenant Foundation Lottery and have done so for the past 21 years.

To the staff at the Grey Nuns and Dr. Bala — thank you for everything you do.

Gillian’s Story

I have had a life-long relationship with both the Grey Nuns and Misericordia hospitals, as they have played a huge, life-saving role for me at several points in my life.

In 1988, I was just nine years old and living in Mill Woods at the time. One night, I woke up with severe abdominal pain and was taken to the ER by my mother, thinking it might be appendicitis. However, the hardworking doctors had discovered I had a coconut-sized dermoid tumour on my right ovary that needed to be removed.

At nine years of age, I didn’t even know what an ovary was and was more than a little scared. However, the staff at the Grey Nuns, that included some of the nicest nurses ever, took great care of me and made my eight-day stay in the hospital very comfortable.

In 2015, I was admitted to the Misericordia hospital where I received an ultrasound looking for a kidney stone but had discovered my left ovary had grown a tumour like I had when I was a child.

I was in unbearable pain, but again, it was the amazing Covenant Health staff who helped put me at ease and played a huge part in my recovery. The surgeon who was on-call that weekend, Dr. Uretsky, was incredible and from the moment I had met him, I knew I was in good hands.

He was reassuring and promised I’d feel a million times better after I woke up. Dr. Uretsky went above and beyond with a bedside manner and a level of attentive care that blew me away as I recovered from my surgery. His focus on aftercare was so helpful for me, even providing me with a referral to my current family doctor to help me with mental health support.

The Grey Nuns staff were also there for me in March 2020, saving my life when I experienced a severe asthma attack that required resuscitation by paramedics after I lost consciousness and suffered a slight heart attack. It was one of the scariest times in my entire life and I am so grateful for all the first responders and frontline staff at the Grey Nuns ER who are nothing short of heroes.

I am so thankful to both of these hospitals for everything they have done for me and my family.

Julie’s Story

After moving to Canada in 2010 and earning my permanent residency, I was able to reunite with my family when they arrived in Canada in October of 2017. Working as a live-in caregiver and a healthcare aide, I know the importance of healthcare workers.

In January of 2018, I experienced it firsthand. I took my son, who was suffering fromabdominal pains and a high fever, to urgent care. He ended up being transferred to the Misericordia Community Hospital for emergency surgery.

Despite knowing my son was in good hands with an expert medical team, I was still incredibly worried. However, the staff at the Misericordia helped ease my fears. I believe that God uses people to act as angels in times of need – the staff were our angels.

My son, who was very new to Canada and not particularly enjoying the cold winter weather, felt very much at home because of the staff during his surgery and throughout his recovery.

I am incredibly thankful towards Dr. Ekert, who performed the surgery, Drs. Boychuk and Madsen for their thorough and attentive care following his surgery, and all the staff at the Misericordia. They are truly committed to a compassionate approach to care, no matter who you are or where you are from.

Both my son and I feel truly grateful and blessed. This experience has made us feel that Canada is amazing.

From the bottom of my heart — THANK YOU. The staff at the Misericordia will always be angels for me.

Gisèle's Story

Caring for the sick has been a part of my family for as long as I can remember. My mother Juliette graduated as a nurse in 1950. She continued to work as a nurse while raising a family of five children, working alongside some very devoted nurses, many of them at the Grey Nuns.

My mother’s passion for helping others made an impression on me. Twenty-five years later, I graduated as a nurse and worked at the Edmonton General Hospital until it relocated to Mill Woods as the Grey Nuns Community Hospital, where I worked for 46 years, providing care for patients in a variety of units.

Having been a part of health care for so long, I’ve seen firsthand the development of health care and the impact it can have. This lottery is important to so many and helps many more, from patients benefitting from improved care to making it easier for frontline workers by making use of state-of-the-art equipment and being able to implement innovative approaches to care thanks to funds raised from ticket purchases.

I’m incredibly grateful to have been a part of the best team of caregivers in Alberta – and for Covenant Foundation Lottery’s constant efforts to support us and our patients.