COVID-19 Update From Our CEO Pearl Veenema

Headshot of Pearl Veenema
April 9, 2020

To our wonderful donor community,

I wanted to express my deep appreciation, on behalf of my Foundation colleagues and the teams at Hamilton Health Sciences, for your tremendous support during this critical health emergency.

I am humbled by all of the offers of support, both monetary and for personal protective equipment, food and other products. The team at Hamilton Health Sciences is working to respond to these many offers as best as they are able.

Many of you have asked what are the highest-priority needs for Hamilton Health Sciences. To be candid, the list of priorities is fluid and ranges from helping to reduce the isolation felt by all patients as the hospitals are closed to visitors; to more sophisticated life-saving equipment.

Thanks to generous donor support, I am pleased to share this partial list of equipment that we are helping to purchase in response to COVID-19:

  • ICU Beds
  • NICU Cardiac Monitors
  • Defibrillators
  • Stretchers
  • iPads to enable communication between patients and families who can no longer visit
  • Baby Monitors for both adults and children to enable better communication with nursing staff
  • Visual Smart Board that improves patient care with a customized view of multiple patients’ key clinical data in real-time, with pre-set alerts
  • Glidescopes to help visualize a patient’s airway
  • Time-of-Flight (ToF) scanners to assist anesthesiologists as they intubate patients to facilitate breathing

Hamilton Health Sciences continues to care for patients – those with COVID-19 and those receiving care for other critical issues. COVID-19 has also changed the way the hospitals work, and how physicians and staff interact with their colleagues and patients. This means that needs can and will change as everyone navigates this unprecedented crisis. We commit to keeping you informed as we work to support vital health care at Hamilton Health Sciences.

I would kindly ask that you please do your part and practice physical distancing or self-isolation. There are many people on the front lines of this crisis – from grocery store workers, bank tellers and pharmacists; the first responder community of police, firefighters and paramedics; and those who are working around the clock to support and provide critical health care.

For all them and your own families and friends, please listen to the public health officials – keep your physical distance and please stay safe and healthy.

We are grateful for your continued support.

Sincerely Yours,

Pearl F. Veenema, FAHP
Chief Executive Officer
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation