Ron and Shirley Carson are showing their continued support for families in the province by donating $1 million to the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital.
"We are just so delighted by this amazing gift by Ron and Shirley Carson and their family," shared Lynn Redl-Huntington, Vice President, Communications. "This $1 million gift will be supporting a really special place in the new Jim Pattison Children's Hospital."
"They are supporting a family space and a kitchen and it's located just outside the pediatric intensive care and observation unit in the new children's hospital."
This will be Saskatchewan's only pediatric intensive care unit and looks after Saskatchewan's most critically ill children.
"What this family space and kitchen will do is provide families with a special quiet, comfortable, stressfree environment where they can just get away from this child's hospital for just a moment and regroup and take care of themselves as well as their kids."
She added that the families using this space are going through a very stressful time.
"Your children are everything to you and when you've got a real family crisis like this, a medical crisis, there's nothing more reassuring than having the right equipment, the right spaces available when you need them."
Because of the generosity of the Carson family, that space will become a reality.
"The Carsons are just such an absolutely special family. When they considered making a large scale gift, they really felt this was a fantastic way to give back. They've been in business in southern Saskatchewan and truly right across the province for many years and they've been involved with a lot of families through their company and this was a way to support families right across the province. It really is about giving back."
“When considering our contribution to Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation, we felt that it was a way to give back to our provincial community,” said Carson. “We are very pleased to contribute to this initiative that will bring great value to the families of Saskatchewan and we are happy to donate to such an important cause.”
Redl-Huntington added that construction is over 80% complete and is looking forward to opening late next year.
"In terms of our capital campaign, we are $61 million into a minimum of $75 million so things are really rolling."
"The Carsons are just adding to that and really allowing us to make sure that we have this hospital outfitted with everything it needs for the children and families of Saskatchewan."
"A huge thank you to the Carsons for their generosity. It is just remarkable how thoughtful they've been to really give back."