As our hospital continues to meet the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19, Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation has focused our efforts on helping to ensure front-line healthcare workers and other groups vital to Royal Columbian have the resources and support they need.
We manage a COVID-19 Response Fund to cover the costs of things that make their jobs easier and safer. From accommodation after a tiring shift to technology to keep caregivers safely connected to their patients, we are funding a wide-range of initiatives to help their fight against COVID-19.
As one of BC’s primary COVID-19 sites, Royal Columbian Hospital cares for some of our province’s most critically ill patients. Staff throughout the hospital are under significant pressures as they diligently and compassionately care for their patients.
They have always taken care of us. It’s our turn to take care of them.
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This past year as we navigated the challenges created by the pandemic, the Foundation provided valuable assistance with funding and in-kind support for a range of equipment, research, patient comfort, and staff wellness initiatives.
Our donors allowed the Foundation to respond quickly to the evolving needs of the hospital.
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Providing new and innovative equipment remains at the core of the support provided by the Foundation, and donors have helped us acquire a number of tools that have been crucial in the hospital’s response to COVID-19. These include glidescopes to help intubate patients safer, ultrasounds to assess cardiac and lung status of COVID-19 patients, smartphones and tablets to help communication between caregivers, patients, and their families, and a germ-killing UV robot to clean and disinfect “hot spots”. The Foundation has also continued to make research a priority, with more than a million dollars in commitments to research projects over the last year.
In addition to providing the tools to care for patients, the Foundation joined with an overwhelming number of individuals, businesses, and organizations to support wellness initiatives. This included 13,699 meals provided to physicians, nurses, allied healthcare professionals, and other staff; 55,917 cups of coffee; and 3,500 care packages. The Foundation coordinated the delivery of PPE donations, worked with hotel partners to provide accommodations for Fraser Health staff and medical staff when they needed to isolate from their loved ones or stay closer to the hospital, and helped share hundreds of public messages of support.
While pandemic-related needs became the immediate focus in 2020, the Foundation and its donors also continue to support the multi-year, multi-phase redevelopment of Royal Columbian Hospital. In 2020, the new Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre opened as part of phase 1 of redevelopment. Now, we welcome construction of a new Acute Care Tower underway as part of phase 2.
As the hospital’s needs continue to evolve and construction progresses on the phases of redevelopment, we look forward to working with our donors in support of our caregivers.