Despite all the changes and upheavals in 2020, YOU made a difference to our healthcare in our community.

IN JANUARY 2020

Our year began with a campaign to improve Long-Term Care at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

We met our wonderful campaign “poster boy” John, and “poster girls” Ruth, Melita, Elinor, Jean, and Dot. Your donations supported equipment purchases and programs to help them and the other residents in Long-term Care, plus so much more!

The Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s Long-term Care was voted #1 as Best Senior Living/Care Facility at the Peninsula News Review Reader’s Choice Awards 2020.

  • Updates to the dining room and nurses station
  • New decorations for Long-term Care Christmas trees
  • And final touches on the Memory Garden for John and his friends.

WHEN COVID-19 HIT EVERYTHING CHANGED

We sheltered in place and flattened that curve.

Events were cancelled and, sadly, we were unable to see you in person. John, Ruth, Melita, Elinor, and Jean couldn’t see their families either…

Our community has never failed to rise to every challenge, and last year was no exception. You made all the difference in the world when you asked, “How can I help?” as the COVID-19 crisis hit.

Your generous financial support of the Emergency Response Fund helped our healthcare workers, as well as residents and patients when they needed it most.

  • N95 respirators for ER doctors and staff and Long-term Care
  • Funding for temporary self-isolation housing for clinic staff who might have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Critical supplies like an emergency supply of protective masks, plus face shields, isolation carts, spray bottles for sanitizer, and change tents for healthcare workers
  • Fold-up beds for Mount Newton Seniors’ Centre
  • Retractable awnings, so families can still be connected to loved ones, even with the colder, wetter weather
  • Replace desperately needed and essential equipment in our operating rooms. Thanks to your generosity, and at the cost of $685,000, we were able to purchase key pieces of OR equipment: a Phaco laser for our two outstanding ophthalmologists to do cataract surgery, and two Stryker systems which are essential equipment to undertake surgery;
  • Thanks to a generous donor who made a significant donation in memory of his beloved wife, we began the first major renovation of the Palliative Care Unit since its creation in 2003. While not yet complete (due to COVID-19), 6 of the 10 rooms have been renovated to create brighter, more attractive (and more efficient for staff) spaces;
  • New lead-lined vests for the OR, to support the orthopedic “catch-up” surgeries;
  • $80,000 in bursaries and scholarships for 24 SPH staff to upgrade skills, and for departments to provide professional development opportunities;

SAFE WAYS WE GOT TOGETHER

We may not have been able to meet together but we still found safe ways to be together. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported the special events we put on that connect us and raise money for our healthcare.

We look forward to a safe, calm and healthy 2021 together with you.

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