In the last few weeks, the public health crisis has changed dramatically, upending our community emotionally, medically, logistically and financially. At the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation (SPHHF) we are actively working to support the needs of the hospital in its response to COVID-19.
The Saanich Peninsula Hospital is truly on the front lines of delivery services at this critical time
We're working to ensure that our patients receive both the material and emotional support they need. These challenging times remind us how much it means to our health care workers that supporters like you are with them. I know how deeply you care for our hospital and community. Thank you.
The health and safety of our hospital staff, patients and community is our highest priority
Like many other businesses and organizations, we have taken important steps to safeguard our employees and our supporters. We feel deeply an obligation to our community and to all of you.
To date we are:
- Working closely with the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Staff to provide assistance as needs continue to be identified during this crisis
- Working closely with local businesses to support our hospital, like Victoria Distillers and Sheringham Distillery who re-tooled their businesses to produce, package, deliver and donate much needed hand sanitizer
- Working with hospital staff to secure equipment to enable safe "window visits" to the hospital
- Modifying Foundation work arrangements like working from home for our staff, connecting virtually instead of meeting face to face.
- Temporarily suspending any events planned over the next two months
- Ensuring the Foundation Board of Directors continues to monitor things and meets virtually
- Looking for opportunities to help other health care organizations in our communities
- Supporting the Shoreline Medical Clinics in Sidney and Brentwood Bay as they see patients virtually
- Ensuring our campaign to support the Long-term care and the related equipment purchases moves forward.
Our Hospital staff are trained to manage disease control and we are confident in the plans they have in place to care for our community. We recognize that everyone is in a state of discomfort at this time, but we want to thank you for supporting healthcare in our community through the Foundation. We value you. Our hope is that you and your family stay healthy during this time.
What You Can Do
Some people have already asked what they can do to help, and I thank you for being part of the solution. To that extent, we have created a special Emergency Response Fund to proactively raise funds so we can offer funding support as the situation evolves and needs emerge. We are proud to support our doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and administrators who are continuing the high level of care during this time of uncertainty. Your support will enable our healthcare staff to sustain their resilience while continuing to provide safe, high-quality care to our patients and community. If you do have the capacity to give to our Emergency Response Fund please do so by donating below or call 250-889-6965. There is a total restriction on visitors to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital - please do not mail donation cheques to our address there. You can mail them to our Sidney office, but where possible please donate online, or by phone.
Our supporters are part of our family
All of us at the Foundation want to express our concern and gratitude for you during these challenging times. I hope you are doing what you can to protect yourself, your family, and friends. Your health and well-being matter to us. We will continue to communicate with you during this difficult time. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, and for all you are doing for your community as we face this unprecedented moment in our lifetimes.
Together we will get through this! This is the time our community comes together to help each other. Take care.
CEO & President
What your donations have achieved so far
Your support of our Emergency Response Fund has enabled a rapid response to emerging needs from our dedicated healthcare workers. Thanks to your generosity we have raised over $42,000 so far. You are making miracles happen, right here on the Peninsula. This week your gifts to the Emergency Response Fund have provided:So far, your donations have provided:
- An emergency supply of protective masks
- 9 computer tablets for Long-term Care and Acute Care in order to facilitate “Virtual Visitations” as visitors are no longer allowed in the hospital
- “Cinch” bags for 600+ hospital workers’ scrubs
- Water bottles for the hospital healthcare workers
- 9 fold-up beds for Mount Newton Seniors Centre to use for those who may need to borrow it when taking care of their elders
- New ways to engage patients in Long-term Care who are no longer able to go out to do things like art therapy.
- 2 tents for healthcare workers in Long-term Care to change, as they no longer have access to the change rooms
- Waterproof cases for the computer tablets for “virtual visits” to keep them clean
- 300 spray bottles to dispense the hand sanitizer that local businesses donated
- We are also looking at ways to support “virtual” or “window visits” to palliative care patients.
We created a special little video for you, in it, Karen Morgan explains how the Foundation is working closely with doctors and healthcare experts to put your gifts to work. Consider this our virtual hug to you!