They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The pictures you see in this mailing can only begin to tell the story of how we at Scarborough Health Network (SHN) prepared to face the COVID-19 pandemic.
My name is Dr. Caroline Thompson, a Staff Emergency Physician and the Director of Professional Development, Wellness, and Simulation Training at SHN. Since first getting word of COVID-19, our health care team has spent countless hours getting ready to confront the pandemic head-on. They had to learn about the virus, and learn how to treat the patients without getting sick themselves, and this has helped keep SHN’s response timely and effective.
I know you have heard countless times about your own need to be prepared by staying home, washing your hands, and keeping safe through physical distancing. You may be frustrated without your usual routine or even lonely being separated from your family. We understand. However, when you stay home you are helping us stay strong in our fight to care for the community.
How else can you help SHN fight this pandemic? Your support today will go directly towards supporting our brave frontline workers, our heroes, our SHN Superstars!
You can continue your commitment to SHN Foundation with a one-time donation or an amount of your choice. Another option is to make a monthly pledge as a member of our Caring Circle Club.
I am inspired each and every day by the lengths our staff go to care for our patients. In our simulation training, our skills and teamwork are pushed to the limit. We work in a negative pressure room with a closed door and wearing full personal protective equipment, so the virus doesn’t spread to other patients or health care workers.
It’s hot, it’s hard to hear one another, it’s difficult to communicate with people outside the room, and it’s difficult to change the plan once you are in the room. We can’t just run out and grab more equipment.
Thanks to this simulation training though, we develop the necessary skills to work as a team. Each time we put our plan into action with a patient, we debrief afterwards and continually look for ways to make the process more efficient and even safer.
Emergency medicine is still a difficult job, but being well prepared through exercises like these allows our team to remain calm and logical, and keep everyone safe.
However, as much as we prepare, situations like COVID-19 can create urgent needs for our hospitals that must be addressed to continue caring for our patients and your families.
Our team of doctors, nurses, clinical staff, assessment centre staff, screeners, maintenance workers, support staff and everyone in between, needs your help today. Every gift to SHN Foundation makes a difference, no matter the size.
Our community hospital is just that – a part of the community. We’ll do whatever we can to deliver the best possible care to you, our neighbours. Together, we’re shaping the future of care – right here in Scarborough.
Thank you for your generosity to SHN Foundation!
Dr. Caroline Thompson
Staff Emergency Physician
Director of Professional Development,
Wellness, and Simulation Training
P.S. Your generous support doesn’t go unnoticed! Please download and print this PDF bookmark as a small token of our appreciation of your generosity. If you enjoy reading as much as I do, an extra bookmark is always welcome! Thank you once again for supporting SHN Foundation.