Greatest Needs

March 14th, 2016

When you make a donation to support greatest needs at St. Paul’s, you support needs when and where they arise. These greatest needs occur hospital-wide and may include urgently needed equipment; or other needs such as research or teaching initiatives for which it may be more challenging to secure traditional funding.

You should also know that when you support greatest needs a portion of your gift supports the St. Paul’s EPC Fund (Enhanced Patient Care) which, last year alone, provided grants to 45 projects in dozens of departments throughout St. Paul’s. Needs met by EPC grants are identified by hospital staff themselves and range from complex equipment to comfortable chairs for waiting rooms.

A few examples of EPC grants funded by donations to greatest needs include:

• Our Dermatology Clinic wanted to be able to offer marginalized patients a healing gel that was not covered by BC Pharmacare. Thanks to donations to greatest needs, an EPC grant made this possible.

• The staff of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit wanted to provide more support and comfort to grieving parents. Thanks to donations, an EPC grant was able to fund a Perinatal Loss Workshop for RNs.

• The team at our Healthy Heart Program wants patients to understand the benefits of relaxation and stress management and, through EPC grants, have initiated popular patient programs from yoga to music therapy.

Greatest needs funds are greatly appreciated by St. Paul’s physicians, nurses and other caregivers and staff because these funds are able to meet needs on so many different levels. Every year, we invite the community at large to support greatest needs at St. Paul’s through our Lights of Hope campaign during the holiday season.