Shock Trauma Air
Rescue Society (STARS)
In 1985, STARS launched with one helicopter in Calgary after Dr. Greg Powell
resolved to undo the disturbing statistic that in nearly 50 per cent of trauma cases,
patients who died may have been saved with quicker response. “It was the only
non-government, physician-driven, charitable helicopter air ambulance program
of its kind in Canada,” says Cam Heke, STARS media manager. “Today, STARS
has responded to more than 21,000 emergencies, including 1,655 from bases
in Alberta last year.” STARS has also expanded to Edmonton, Grande Prairie
and Winnipeg and two new bases will open this year in Saskatchewan.
Ward of the 21st Century
Royal couple William and Kate visited
the W21C in July 2011 to take in some of
the world’s most advanced approaches to
health research, education and technology.
Located at the University of Calgary, the
W21C was conceived by Dr. Jon Conly.
A living laboratory, the ward merges
research with clinical care so that multi-
disciplinary researchers can collaborate to
improve patient safety and quality of care.
“At the end of the day, we may be able to
change the face of care delivery across
the nation,” Conly says.
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Magnetic resonance real-time guided radiation therapy
A leading-edge cancer radiation therapy technology, MRrtgRT is under development
by University of Alberta researchers and Alberta Health Services’ Cross Cancer Institute.
It combines two medical devices—a magnetic resonance scanner (MRI) and a linear
accelerator (LINAC)—to create one of the world’s first integrated, full-scale MRI-guided
radiation therapy units. It will produce high-quality, real-time 3D images with the potential
to accurately pinpoint cancer tumours while treating them with radiation therapy. The
technology may significantly improve the effectiveness and precision of cancer treatment.
Oilman and Glenbow Museum founder Eric Harvie
created the Devonian Foundation to fund millions
of dollars worth of parks and pathways throughout
Western Canada. Of particular note were two
1975 Centennial gifts in Calgary— 22 kilometres
of pathways along the Bow River and $3.2 million
for Century Garden Park to encourage active