Wilson Cheng has lived in Scarborough since 1998, but thankfully hasn't had much need to use the hospital in that time. However, that changed once the COVID-19 pandemic began back in March.
"I counted myself fortunate to be in good health and had never really needed to visit the Scarborough Health Network," said Wilson. "But in the age of COVID-19, we all still have to do our part and follow Public Health directions to take care of each other. When I discovered that SHN was running COVID-19 Pop-Up Assessment Centres in the community, it seemed to be a very convenient option to get tested, even if just for peace of mind."
Like many people, Wilson wasn't sure what to expect when it came to the COVID-19 testing process.
"Part of me feared the worst when it came to the Pop-Up Centre, particularly the crowds and the long lineups, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I found," Wilson shared. "The Pop-Up Centre was well laid-out and thus provided a quick and generally safe, painless, and efficient testing process."
What Wilson appreciated most from this experience though was the "human" aspect.
"There were "pauses" throughout the process where staff took the time to explain the procedure, alleviating a lot of anxiety for myself and the other patients," Wilson continued. "Having those frontline workers, who are likely tired and exhausted from long hours of treating patients, still take the time to have a quick, calm conversation with me at a time of high uncertainty, that really demonstrated the incredible role that they and our hospitals play in the community."
Thanks to this positive and comforting experience at the COVID-19 Pop-Up Assessment Centre, Wilson was compelled to return the favour and show his support for Scarborough's hospitals by making a generous donation to SHN Foundation and the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
"Hospitals are one of our most essential services. We are all in different economic situations, particularly due to COVID-19, but just as we need the hospitals to be there for us, we need to be there for them and support them. I made my donation to SHN to honour those staff that come in day-in and day-out to keep our community safe."
SHN Foundation is incredibly grateful for donors like Wilson Cheng, who have helped keep our frontline heroes equipped with the tools they need to overcome COVID-19. To learn about the many ways you can make a difference at Scarborough's hospitals, visit SHNFoundation.ca.