Janeway hopes for Wi-Fi within a year
The Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation says it's hoping to have the entire hospital hooked up for wireless internet within one year, if things go according to plan.
Lynn Sparkes, director of the foundation, said the hospital's new clinical chief Dr. Kevin Chan approached it about getting Wi-Fi for the hospital back in April.
Sparkes said the entire project would cost around $330,000, but that the foundation made it one of their priorities for the year.
"It is a lot of money, but there's a lot of work involved. The wires — there's some reconstruction that needs to happen — they need to pull up the old wires, take out all the old equipment," she said.
However, Sparkes said access to wireless internet would also help increase quality of patient care offered at the Janeway
"All the doctors now can go with the Wi-Fi, will be able to take a tablet — it's just fabulous," she said.
Generous donations to help family temporarily
After a CBC story on Thursday about Nicolas Clark, 12, who is undergoing another round of chemotherapy treatment for leukemia, Sparkes said the foundation was able to provide him with a temporary fix.
"What the foundation did yesterday was basically just put a Band-Aid on it at this point in time," she said.
"We have the Telethon in our hospital site and we have access to internet modems that are just there for the telethon, so we reactivated one and gave him internet access just for that room."
According to Sparkes there was a cost to activate the modem, as well as a monthly charge for use, but said an anonymous donor came forward to foot the bill for Clark and his mother.
Sparkes said there has been lots of support for the Clark family since people heard their story.
"The outpouring of the community was fabulous around this story, but it does not solve the issue that Mrs. Clark was referring to, which is Wi-Fi in the entire hospital."
Sparkes said the foundation hopes to begin phase one of the wireless project within six months, and have the entire project completed in eight months to one year.