April 26, 2018

2018 Comfort in Care™ Grant Recipients 

 Health Care Foundation Awards Over $50,000 in Grants to Enhance Patient Comfort and Care 

St. John’s, NL - The Health Care Foundation announced today the recipients of its Comfort in Care™ grants, which award over $50,000 annually in funding to frontline employees of Eastern Health. The recipients were recognized at a ceremony yesterday held at Pleasant View Towers in St. John’s.

“The Comfort in Care™ program is about creating care experiences for patients and families visiting our facilities that emphasize both quality and comfort,” said Debbie Patten, Chair, Health Care Foundation’s Board of Directors. “What we love about this program is that it allows the Foundation to partner directly with frontline health care professionals to identify and fund items that will enhance a patient’s comfort, care and well-being. The response to these grants has been overwhelmingly positive, and we thank everyone who took the time to apply.”

Items funded through the Comfort in Care™ program may include sleeper chairs, blanket warmers, wheelchairs, recreational activities and more. This year, a total of 46 grants were awarded to health care professionals for the purchase of patient comfort items. A complete list of grant recipients can be found below.

Funding for the 2018 Comfort in Care™ grants has been provided by Johnson Insurance and the Gary Rowe Memorial Comfort in Care Fund. Donations are also received from individual donors who give to the Health Care Foundation’s Comfort In Care™ program.

“Johnson Insurance is proud to be a long-time supporter of the Health Care Foundation and its Comfort in Care™ program,” said Bob Dowden, Vice-President, Affinity Client Relations, Johnson Insurance. “It is always rewarding when you get to witness how these comfort items contribute to the everyday care and support of patients and their families, and the dedication that Eastern Health employees have towards improving the comfort of those they serve.” 

For more information about Comfort in Care™ or giving to the Health Care Foundation, please visit:

About the Health Care Foundation

The Health Care Foundation is committed to raising and stewarding funds for the advancement and enhancement of patient comfort and care, medical equipment, research and education within adult hospitals and facilities serving the St. John’s region. Through its fundraising initiatives, the Health Care Foundation assists Eastern Health in providing health care for the St. John’s region and specialized tertiary health services for the entire province.

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Media contact:
Jackie O’Brien
Senior Manager, Communications and Stewardship
Health Care Foundation
T: (709) 777-5906
C: (709) 743-3127


Backgrounder - Comfort in Care™ 2018 Grant Recipients

The following individuals have been awarded over $50,000 collectively in grant funding:

Health Sciences Centre

  • Amy Moore, 4 North A, Oncology/Hematology - Wheelchair with Oxygen Tank Attachment
  • Ashley Peach, 4 North B, Occupational Therapy - Helio A7 Ultra-light Manual Wheelchair
  • Barbara Dalton, 5 South A, Cardiac Unit - Sleeper Chair
  • Bonnie Hobbs, 4 North A, Oncology/Hematology - Canvas Boards and Art Supplies
  • Jasmine Felix, 4 North B, General Surgery/Burns/Plastic Surgery - Sleeper Chair
  • Jessica Milley, 4 South B, Neurology/Medicine - Bariatric Commode
  • Marlene Wheaton, 5 South B, Neurosurgery - Television, DVD Player, Stand and Assorted Movies
  • Melissa Burton, Diagnostic Neurophysiology Department - Blanket Warmer
  • Sarah Hodder, 5 North A, Orthopedic Surgery - Bariatric Wheelchairs
  • Stephanie Eason, 4 South A, Medicine - Bariatric Bedside Chair

Dr. L.A. Miller Centre

  •  Janine Sheppard, 2 North - 65” Television and Mount
  • Joseph Kearsey, 2 South - 6 – 19” Televisions and Mounts
  • Leanne Puddester, Rehabilitation Day Service - Recreational Activities
  • Margaret (Mag) Snook, Palliative Care Unit - Nintendo Switch
  • Nadine Beresford, 3 South - Rehab Shower Commode Chair
  • Pamela Moulton and Deborah O’Brien, 2 North and 2 South - iPad, Apple Pencil and Protective Case
  • Peggy Crane, 3 South - 2 – Senator Series Lounge Chairs
  • Sandra Farrell, Palliative Care Unit - iPad
  • Sylviane Andrews, Seating Clinic, Rehabilitation Technology - Dynamic Articulation Footrest Hanger
  • Ulrike Zuschlay, Prosthetics & Orthotics, Rehabilitation Technology - Bariatric Treatment Plinth

St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital

  • Barbara Morrissey, 3 East - Blanket warmer
  • Catherine Babstock, 7 West- Exercise Mat Table with Adjustable Height
  • Dana Tobin, ICU - iPad and Case
  • Lesley Billard, 4 West - 3 – Two Wheeled Walkers
  • Lois Chafe, Occupational Therapy - Myon Wheelchairs, Cushions, Therafin Amp Support and Amp Board
  • Olive English, Pam Burry, Martina Hickey & Don Gulliver, 3 West  - Single Seater Wingback Lounge Chair

Waterford Hospital

  • Courtney Vokey, Waterford Hospital - Various Size Cushions
  • Deidre Woodford, West 2 A - PlayStation 4 and Games, Blue-ray Player and Movies
  • Gillian Loder, North 2 A - Weighted Blanket
  • Gillian Loder, North 2 A - iPad, case and Bluetooth Speaker
  • Kelly Littlejohn, Art Instruction Program  - Laptop, Tablet, Stylus and Printer
  • Kim Smith, North 3 A  - Sofa and Lounge Chair
  • Natasha Renouf, East 3 A - Weighted Blanket and 15 Twin Size Comforters
  • Patrick Whalen, East 2 A  - iPad and Case

Pleasant View Towers

  • Adam O’Rourke and Michelle Whittle, Pleasant View Towers - Child Representational Therapy Dolls, Companion Pets and Musical Bears
  • Emily Briand and Nadine Barter, 3 North East - Sleeper Chair
  • Emily Briand and Nadine Barter, 3 North East - Bookshelf and Corner Protectors
  • Emily Briand and Nadine Barter, 3 South East - Sleeper Chair
  • Jennifer Fahey - Physio Bed Positioning System
  • Jessica Connors, 4 South West – Cushions
  • Lisa Durnford - Positioning Pillows and Cushions
  • Roberta DiDonato - 2 Assistive Listening Devices

Caribou Memorial Veterans Pavilion

  • Robert Mercer, Geriatric Psychiatry Day Hospital - Therapeutic Garden Items and Large Crossword Puzzle

MedSurg Solutions Inc. Donations

  • Angela Moyse, Caribou Memorial Veterans Pavilion - Medline EquaGel Balance Cushion
  • Elizabeth Evans, Palliative Care Unit, Dr. L.A. Miller Centre - Medline EquaGel Balance Cushion
  • Patrick Whalen, East 2 A, Waterford Hospital - MedPro Euro Commode