AHS | Faces of the Foundations | May 24th

May 24, 2024

Faces of the Foundations | Alberta Health Services

Meet Crystal Elliott of the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation

Story by Amelia Schofield | Photo by Patrick Burles

LETHBRIDGE — Alberta Health Services recognizes May as Health Philanthropy Month. Throughout the month, we’re celebrating our philanthropic partners who raise funds for healthcare across the province.

The Faces of Foundations profile series introduces you to leaders in healthcare philanthropy across Alberta. This week, we’re pleased to profile Crystal Elliott, chief executive officer of the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, based in Lethbridge.

Why did you become involved with the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation?

I came to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation with over a decade of experience in healthcare leadership where I was able to see the needs within the system. I also have over two decades experience in the not-for-profit charitable world, and worked as the executive director of the Family Centre Society of Southern Alberta, which is a not-for-profit that specializes in early brain development, and child and family programming.

I was interested in this role because it marries the best of both worlds — healthcare and non-profit. I love what the foundation stands for — investing in healthcare in our community — and I’m excited to help fulfil our mission. I also love people, so this role is a great opportunity to meet new people and to build relationships with them. To me, that’s the best part.

Why is health philanthropy important to you?

Health philanthropy is important to me because health affects us all. It’s also important to me because of a personal experience I had in 2015, where I had a surgery go wrong and spent a significant amount of time working through our healthcare systems and healing. During that experience, I benefitted from the use of a wound VAC which helped prevent infection and kept me out of hospital. I learned that the equipment is incredibly expensive and may have been funded by a foundation. I was so grateful to have it available to me. It’s important to me that we support patient-care enhancements like this — and make them available to people who need them.

What does being a leader in healthcare philanthropy mean to you? Being a leader in healthcare philanthropy means building relationships with caring individuals, developing friendships in our community to support our work, and strengthening healthcare in our region, together.

What recent foundation accomplishments make you most proud?

I’m very new to my role, but so far I’m impressed with our foundation’s success as a whole — and the positive reputation our organization has in our community. I’m also proud of the many partnerships the foundation has built, which I saw firsthand through our recent Care from the Heart Day Radio-a-thon.

Our partners really stepped up, including Costco Canada, who’s a committed supporter of our Care from the Heart campaign. This year, they donated $244,000 and, over 30 years, they’ve raised nearly $2 million for pediatric initiatives at the Chinook Regional Hospital. The Hebrew Congregation of Lethbridge, Turin 4H Club and Balog Auctions also came forward with exceptional contributions to this year’s campaign. We are so grateful for their ongoing support..

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