As Mila Frame and her son, Michael, sat by her husband David’s bedside they noticed one nurse after another coming in to borrow the blood pressure machine being used to monitor him. This clearly significant need is what inspired their idea to fundraise for the purchase of a new piece of equipment for Scarborough Health Network (SHN).
Mila was no stranger to SHN. Her husband was first admitted to the hospital in December 2018, her mother had worked there as a nurse for 35 years, and she herself worked there as a university student over 50 years ago. Due to multiple health concerns, primarily relating to his kidney and liver function, David Frame returned to SHN in March 2019, where he sadly passed away at the hospital soon after. As Mila notes, staff from the entire floor in Nephrology played a role in David’s exceptional care during his long stay at the hospital.
“I just wanted to express my gratitude to each and every one of the staff members,” said Mila.
While the entire department staff was diligent, one staff member in particular stood out to Mila and her family. Philip Tang, a registered nurse in the nephrology department at SHN, played an integral role in David’s care at the hospital. “Philip was with us during Dave’s passing,” said Mila. “He was so thoughtful and emotionally involved, because he had gotten to know Dave. He was just so intuitive – he knew exactly how to give support. It’s just something you can’t teach.”
Following her husband’s passing, Mila and Michael knew immediately how they wanted to show their appreciation for the hospital staff – they decided to fundraise for the purchase of a new blood pressure machine for the Nephrology department. Michael set up a GoFundMe account on his own to raise money for the equipment purchase, and asked friends and family to donate in David’s memory in lieu of buying flowers for the funeral.
Very quickly, the Frames raised more than $4,000 for the purchase of the blood pressure machine, which now calls the nephrology department at the SHN General hospital its home.
Thanks to generous supporters like Mila and her family, SHN is able to continue providing incredible care to patients every day. Hospitals in Ontario are responsible for raising 100 per cent of the funds needed to purchase new equipment such as the new blood pressure machine, making community support a critical part of delivering on our mission to improve lives through exceptional care.
To learn more about how you too can support SHN, visit shnfoundation.ca.