The Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation (JPCHF) and the University of Saskatchewan have forged a partnership to foster pediatric education and research. The Foundation has committed $2 million over five years for the creation of the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital Foundation Pediatric Research Fund at the U of S pediatrics department. 

The partnership will support the research work of Dr. Terry Klassen, the newly appointed Provincial Pediatric Department Head, and impact pediatric care throughout the province. 

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“This significant partnership with the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation will support our shared commitment to providing exceptional pediatric healthcare in Saskatchewan. In addition to supporting the work of new Provincial Department Head in Pediatrics, Dr. Terry Klassen, this funding will enhance pediatric education programs for USask medical students and help us lead critical research that will positively impact families in Saskatchewan and beyond,” said Peter Stoicheff, USask President and Vice-Chancellor. “As leaders in medical science, our College of Medicine is grateful for partners like the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation that enhance our ability to make a difference in the communities we serve.” 

“The Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation Pediatric Research Fund is a monumental first for Saskatchewan,” said Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Innovative research transforms health outcomes, and this provincial network will play an essential role in discovering significant advances improving children’s health care throughout Saskatchewan.” 

Dr. Klassen said that his vision includes a strong provincial system of health care that works seamlessly for children, youth and their families. The funding announcement will help to see Klassen’s vision come to fruition.