Do you have an idea about how to help cardiac kids or their families? Is your pediatric heart project ready to take the next step? Stop waiting for the pieces to fall into place – get the boost you need to launch and succeed from WCCHN.
BoostUp is a unique and entirely virtual pediatric cardiac pitch competition designed to give good ideas a leg up. Innovators and change-makers across Western Canada are invited to pitch their ideas for a chance to receive seed funding up to $10,000.
Open to the entire WCCHN community, BoostUp is the embodiment of our commitment to supporting grassroots ideas that can positively impact the lives of cardiac children and families in Western Canada. Whether you’re a clinician, hospital administrator, care provider, parent or member of the public, if you have a good idea, we want to hear it!
The inaugural BoostUp virtual pitch competition took place on February 8, 2022.
The next will be during Heart Month 2024. Applications to pitch open Fall 2023.
Ideas change lives. What’s yours?
The second annual WCCHN BoostUp Pitch Competition was a phenomenal event and a huge success. From the submitted applications, 6 finalists were selected to pitch for a chance to win in one of 3 prize categories. Awarded live that evening, over $28,500 in funding will be distributed to help support important heart projects. Three prize categories included the Audience Favorite, Judge’s Choice, and Alumni’s Pick, as well as a $500 Pay-it-Forward Raffle for the audience. Our finalists are generating energy, changing the conversation, and growing good things for our heart community.
The Virtual Heart Connection is a virtual heart camp that began during the pandemic to connect children who have a single ventricle and a Fontan operation. Through several successful virtual camps in 2020-2022, they helped these children to build a community of peers with similar heart conditions so they could learn from each other and feel less isolated. Dr. George Slim and his team proposed to expand their virtual camp into an in-person Fontan Family camp, free for both children with Fontan heart surgery and their families to attend on an annual basis.
Project Team Members:
Our Team has acquired the support of the following organizations:
Chylothorax is a condition in which fat-rich lymphatic fluid called chyle accumulates within the chest from the digestive system. This postoperative complication prolongs a patient’s length of hospital stay due to longer drainage times before the chest tube can be removed. The first step in treatment of chylothorax is changing to a lower fat diet. Alanna Ash and her team of Registered Dieticians propose to reduce the fat content in breastmilk via centrifuge to allow breastfed infants with a diagnosis of chylothorax to continue to receive their mother’s milk.
Project Team Members:
Stollery Children’s Hospital: (Edmonton, AB)
Alberta Children’s Hospital: (Calgary, AB)
Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital: (Saskatoon, SK)
A digital story is a 2-to-4-minute movie created with images and video clips, voiceover narration, and music to help individuals create authentic digital stories that enhance resilience. They create an opportunity to meet, make meaningful connections with peers who have similar experiences and create a resource for other patients and families to benefit from in the future. Kristy Wolfe and her team proposed to lead a digital storytelling workshop for six young adults with congenital heart disease.
Project Team Members:
The inaugural WCCHN BoostUp Pitch Competition was an astounding success! 19 applications for funding were submitted, 8 finalists were selected to pitch and 4 judges awarded over $30,000 in seed funding to support important heart projects.
By combining their work on 3D printed heart models with an online open education forum, this project will improve teaching and learning for congenital heart disease at all levels – from patients and families to the teams who care for them.
CHAMPS Camp in Saskatchewan is tried, tested and true. By establishing a formal model, backed by evidence and research, this type of child-focused cardiac rehab could be replicated more easily in other parts of the Network. This means even more kids will benefit from the physical activity, heart health, and mental health supports they need to be able to look after themselves as they grow into adulthood.
Mending Little Hearts Fund of Saskatchewan:
Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital:
University of Saskatchewan:
University of Regina:
By leveraging the existing connection across network sites, this registry will advance the care of infants, children and adolescents with single ventricle forms of congenital heart disease by collecting and analyzing the data. This will lead to innovation in quality improvement, increased research engagement and efficiency, and improved patient outcomes.
Stollery Children’s Hospital:
Mazankowski Adult Congenital Cardiology:
Children’s Heart Center, HSC Winnipeg:
BC Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiology:
Alberta Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiology:
Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiology: