Unique online community aids in keeping hospitalized kids connected

Unique online community aids in keeping hospitalized kids connected 
Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre the first to launch 
Upopolis in Southwestern Ontario 
LONDON, ON, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Children's Hospital at London Health 
Sciences Centre together with TELUS Health, Kids' Health Links Foundation 
(KHLF) and Children's Health Foundation today announced the launch of Upopolis 
- an innovative social networking tool helping young hospital inpatients stay 
connected to their families, friends and school. Children's Hospital is the 
first hospital in Southwestern Ontario to receive this program. 
Founded and created by KHLF and powered by TELUS Health, Upopolis.com is the 
only private, secure and trusted online social network designed just for 
children receiving care in hospitals. Upopolis provides familiar features of 
social networking, such as personal profiles, micro-blogging, instant chat, 
group chats, multiple photo uploading and event calendars. In addition, the 
platform gives patients the opportunity to stay up-to-date with their 
schoolwork, navigate through child-friendly health and wellness information 
and connect children with similar experiences and interests. 
Upopolis was recently redesigned to include new features including private and 
public discussion groups called My Spaces, enabling children to share 
information and photos and discuss topics on common interests. The 
restructured site also features a personalized newsfeed to keep users informed 
on everything that is important to them. All previous features have been 
updated to make it easier for patients to surf through the network site with 
ease. Upopolis will be championed by Child Life Specialists at Children's 
Hospital who work with patients, their families and other caregivers to help 
manage stress, pain and anxiety associated with hospitalization. 
"We look forward to welcoming Upopolis to Children's Hospital, and in keeping 
with our family-centred approach to health care, we are happy that Upopolis 
will offer our patients child-friendly toolkits to help with education, 
diversion and preparation for medical procedures," said Laurie Gould, 
Executive Vice-President, Patient Care, London Health Science Centre. 
"Social networks and technology are a ubiquitous part of the lives of many 
Canadian children today and young patients also want the opportunity to stay 
connected while receiving care," said Paul Lepage, President, TELUS Health. 
"Upopolis empowers children in care and gives them the opportunity to network 
and share experiences, thoughts and feelings with other kids under similar 
circumstances, fostering a community of support. We are thrilled to launch 
such an innovative program for young patients in Southwestern Ontario for the 
first time." 
This unique online support network was inspired by the hospital experiences of 
two teenaged friends, Christina Papaevangelou and Katy McDonald. In February 
2002, Christina was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at McMaster Children's 
Hospital with a life-threatening illness. Shortly after, Katy was diagnosed 
with cancer and had to be hospitalized for a long period of time at The 
Hospital for Sick Children. Sadly, Katy lost her battle with cancer. However, 
their friendship and common experiences inspired Christina to explore ways of 
helping children in care stay connected. 
"When we launched Upopolis in December of 2007 it was only a dream. Today it 
has connected many children in care across Canada with other patients, their 
friends and loved ones," said Basile Papaevangelou, chairman and founder of 
Kids Health Links Foundation. "On behalf of Kids' Health Links and our 
partners, we are excited to launch Upopolis at Children's Hospital. We are now 
in all four children's hospitals in Ontario, which means we are one step 
closer to bringing this program to every Canadian children's hospital." 
KHLF and TELUS Health launched the first Upopolis program in 2007 at McMaster 
Children's Hospital in Hamilton and since then it has expanded to eight 
additional hospitals and health organizations across Canada, including B.C. 
Children's Hospital in Vancouver; IWK Health Centre in Halifax; CHEO in 
Ottawa; The Hospital for Sick Children and Holland Bloorview Kids 
Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, Ste. Justine in Montreal, Lutherwood in 
Waterloo and now Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre in 
London. The Upopolis team and TELUS Health have worked together to adapt the 
program in order to meet the specific needs of each hospital, whether adding 
French language capabilities or information specific to mental health. 
Children's Health Foundation 
Children's Health Foundation is dedicated to raising and granting funds to 
support Children's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, Thames Valley 
Children's Centre and Children's Health Research Institute. Since 1922, funds 
raised have helped deliver exceptional care and support for children and their 
families by providing specialized paediatric care, equipment, education 
programs, therapy, rehabilitation services and research. To learn more about 
how you can positively impact the health of children, youth and their 
families, please visit www.childhealth.ca. 
About Kids' Health Links Foundation
Kids' Health Links was founded by Basile Papaevangelou and his daughter 
Christina to connect, through technology, children in health care facilities 
across Canada with friends and family, their teachers and schoolwork. Kids' 
Health Links Foundation created Upopolis - an innovative, private online 
community for children in care. The Kids' Health Links technology solutions 
help to alleviate stress, isolation and loneliness for children in medical 
care in order to help children heal faster and better to overcome traumatic 
medical experiences. 
About TELUS Health 
TELUS Health is a leader in telehomecare, electronic medical and health 
records, consumer health, benefits management and pharmacy management. TELUS 
Health solutions give health authorities, providers, physicians, patients and 
consumers the power to turn information into better health outcomes. For more 
information about TELUS Health, please visit telushealth.com. 
About TELUS 
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in 
Canada, with $10.9 billion of annual revenue and more than 13.1million 
customer connections, including 7.7million wireless subscribers, 
3.4million wireline network access lines, 1.4million Internet subscribers 
and 678,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren 
Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and 
services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, 
entertainment and video. 
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members 
and retirees have contributed more than $300million to charitable and 
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8million hours of service to 
local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' 
local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most 
outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of 
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this 
prestigious international recognition. 
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com. 
Bob Giorgini Director, Communications, Children's Health Foundation (519) 
630-9481 bgiorgini@childhealth.ca 
Emma Miller TELUS Media Relations (647) 464-6817 emma.miller@telus.com 
Basile Papaevangelou Kids' Health Links Foundation (905) 817-1717 
basile@kidshealthlinks.org 
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