WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO THE FRONT LINE WORKERS, AND OUR GENEROUS DONORS!
Please help us support the front line health care workers at Surrey Memorial Hospital with a donation to the COVID-19 Response Fund.
In consultation with the Surrey Memorial Hospital team, this fund will support the hospital and front line staff with immediate and ongoing needs as this pandemic progresses.
– Health, wellness and nutrition initiatives for front line workers
– Capital purchases to support COVID-19 care
Your donations are making an important, immediate impact, right here in Surrey. Thank you.
Donations of personal protective equipment are being managed provincially by SafeCareBC. If you have a lead to a vendor or manufacturer of PPE or other equipment, please contact the Provincial Health Services Authority at COVID19ResponseTeam@phsa.ca.
A Message From Our President & CEO
At this time our communities are dealing with an unprecedented situation with the COVID-19 virus. Some will experience illness during this pandemic, many more will not but may be anxious about the great lengths our community must take to minimize the spread of the virus. In light of this, we want to share all of the important and innovative measures our donors have helped make possible to handle a pandemic like this in our region.
Your Donations Have Made an Impact
Over a six year period, from 2005 – 2011, the community came together to raise funds for the development of a new Emergency Department and Critical Care Tower at Surrey Memorial Hospital. This investment is now Canada’s busiest Emergency Department, with an impressive not-seen rate, and a dedicated Pediatric Emergency that is one of only two in the province. Our kids are being cared for, close to home.
Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department is unique in that 75% of the rooms are single patient rooms, providing privacy and, in an instance such as this, opportunity to minimize cross-contamination between patients. Our Emergency Department, High Acuity Unit (HAU), Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and other units within the tower are also equipped with many negative pressure rooms. Negative pressure rooms are used to contain airborne contaminants. These rooms allow fresh air to flow into the room but not escape the room, thus helping with isolation of sick patients.
Over the past several years, Surrey Hospital Foundation has worked with our community to heavily invest in respiratory wellness. Because of this investment, Surrey Memorial Hospital is equipped with a number of respirators to assist very sick patients who may be having difficulty breathing. These are the difference between life and death, and we are well equipped here in Surrey, thanks to your support.
With the help of our monthly donors we have also invested in an ongoing mock code blue series. This series provides health care professionals who commit to being part of our emergency code team to regularly practice a variety of important emergency situations. They are ready to handle the sickest patients, and emergency scenarios.
Fraser Health Mobile Health Clinic Powered by TELUS
On March 11, 2020, we were thrilled to announce a new partnership between Fraser Health, Surrey Hospital Foundation and TELUS. The Fraser Health Mobile Health Clinic powered by TELUS will help remove many of the barriers that marginalized Canadians face in receiving medical care. It will offer dental care, sexual health services, and immunizations. To help support the community during this pandemic, discussions are underway to potentially utilize this new asset to provide additional testing opportunities for COVID-19. Testing, isolating, and treating those who are infected with this virus will stop it from spreading further, ultimately keeping more of our residents safe and well.
How You Can Help
1. Make a cash donation to the COVID-19 Response Fund. This fund, with ongoing consultation with Surrey Memorial Hospital management will support:
– Capital purchases to support COVID-19 care
– Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies for staff
– Health and wellness initiatives for front line workers
If you wish to make a donation to the COVID-19 Response Fund, kindly click here.
2. Help support the front line health care workers. If you are a local restaurant, food service company, or hotel that would like to help us support front line staff with nutrition or a place to sleep in between their long shifts, please contact us.
3. “Wash your hands like you’ve been chopping jalapenos and you need to change your contacts.” – Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer
It is a time of anxiety and uncertainty for all of us at present. Our staff are following the updates and recommendations from Fraser Health as the situation in our province continues to change. We encourage you to check the following sources for consistent, factual details about this pandemic:
Where We Are At
As we navigate this situation, please know our team is committed to maintaining a high level of communications with our donors and supporters. Though our offices are presently closed, in the interest of safety for you, our patients, hospital colleagues, and our staff, we will continue to work from alternate office locations during regular business hours.
We are here to speak with you by phone at 604.588.3371 from 8:30am – 4:30pm, or by email.
The team at Surrey Hospital Foundation wants you to know we continue to work toward bringing innovative, life changing health care to Surrey, in this unsettling time and as an investment for the future of our community. With your support, we will continue to do so.
President & CEO
Surrey Hospital Foundation
NOTES OF THANKS
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