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Cenovus Energy donates $50,000 to local hospital

PHOTO. The Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, pictured Summer 2019. MYMCMURRAY/Melanie Walsh Melanie Walsh

Cenovus Energy has donated $50,000 to the Northern Lights Health Foundation (NLHF).

The funds will support the creation of its pediatric and adolescent mental health project.

“The project will expand services and enhance care to children and youth undergoing inpatient treatment for acute mental health indicators.”

The original design of the pediatric unit at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre was to care for children suffering infection, illness, surgery cancer care, and other specialized treatment.

The NLHF said they noticed an alarming shift in the demographics of young patients, requiring more beds for kids, youth, and adolescents experiencing mental health problems.

“Supporting a child through a mental health crisis with service coordination is an extremely rewarding experience for the team at the hospital. They are having REAL impact that will help children to be successful at home, in school, and in forming friendships and achieving happiness in the future.”

Funding from Cenovus will expand services and enhance the quality of care for children and youth undergoing inpatient treatment for acute mental health indicators.

As of publication, Cenovus along with corporate donors and the community have raised $450,000.

The construction of the Sentopia Centre presented by Syncrude and the Synergy Hub presented by CNOOC International should be completed by late spring 2023.