Mission and Vision
Just for Kids Foundation (JFK) raises funds to purchase high-priority medical equipment, and to support initiatives, that improve the quality of care for patients of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
At JFK Foundation, our vision is simple: To continually enhance the experience and care of every patient at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Hospitals rely on foundations such as ours to help close the gap between basic government funding and much needed medical equipment and programs.
To date, Just for Kids Foundation has:
- Purchased over $11.5 million of high-priority medical equipment for the MCH.
- Helped over 1,500 healthcare professionals improve patient care.
- Touched almost every department at the hospital.
- Equipped medical staff with the latest technological advancements. This, in turn, attracts world-class medical professionals to Montreal and the MCH.
- Established the JFK Sibling Park, a free childcare centre for siblings of children in acute care.
This year, our focus remains on essential projects that could greatly benefit from your support.
Giraffe Incubator (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
JFK Foundation will be purchasing a Giraffe Incubator for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Children’s. The current pandemic has made this an urgent need as the NICU is a dedicated COVID-19 centre. In critical care environments such as the Children’s, standardized, consistent equipment and supplies are essential to neonatal health. The addition of this state-of-the-art machine will ensure the highest rate of survival for our tiniest and most vulnerable patients.
Improving Mental Health Resources (Emergency Room)
JFK Foundation is committed to improving mental health resources at the Children’s. We will be providing funding for a Social Worker specializing in Mental Health in the Emergency Department. The social worker will play a critical role in responding to and treating vulnerable patients and act as a facilitator between the medical team and the child’s family. With the increase of mental health issues over the last year, this position has become a crucial need.
Difficult Airway Cart
Children who cannot breathe on their own require intubation, which can be a life-threatening procedure. In an emergency, staff have only minutes to install a breathing tube before their patient risks brain damage due to lack of oxygen. If a child has a difficult airway, the standard intubation technique will not suffice, and specialized tools are required. As the Montreal Children’s Hospital becomes a centre of excellence for treating children with breathing related difficulties, a new and upgraded Difficult Airway Cart is a high priority. JFK Foundation is purchasing this lifesaving piece of equipment because breathing is everything.
JFK Sibling Park
The JFK Sibling Park at the Montreal Children’s Hospital provides siblings of patients in acute care a safe haven. With professional childcare workers by their side, siblings can play freely, seek comfort, and never feel as if they are alone. This fully subsidized program helps alleviate the financial stress of extra childcare costs. Often credited with keeping families together during their most difficult moments, JFK Foundation will continue to support the JFK Sibling Park, a vital childcare program.
Please support Just for Kids Foundation and make a difference in the lives of countless children.
Just for Kids Foundation was founded over 30 years ago (in 1987) by concerned parents who saw the need to provide funding for updated medical equipment to best diagnose and treat patients at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
This dedicated group of volunteers began to create innovative ways to raise funds so the Children’s would remain a state-of-the-art institution within our community.
With imagination, dedication and big hearts, these volunteers created Montreal-based fundraising events. Both large and small, these events have cultivated a very special group of volunteers who continuously challenge themselves to inspire, engage and give back.
Not only has JFK Foundation created a local community among its members, but it also has impacted the community at large by helping children and their families throughout Montreal, as well as touching the lives of so many event participants, guests and corporate sponsors.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Mara Greenstone Agulnik
Lisa Adelstein Steinberg
Sandra D’Alesio Lanno
Marla Fersten Oringer
Rochelle Lerner Silverman
Jill Morganstein Kimmel
Donna Seidman Salzman
Lisa Adelstein Steinberg