Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the doctors, nurses, clinical staff and frontline workers at Scarborough Health Network have been working hard to care for Scarborough’s patients and families. Thanks to the success of the hospital’s recent fundraising efforts, these frontline workers can rest assured that they are not alone.
“As a community hospital, SHN has always had a strong connection to the people of Scarborough, with many of our staff coming from and living in the community themselves,” says Alicia Vandermeer, President & CEO, SHN Foundation. “Over the past several weeks, donors from this community and beyond have come forward with an outpouring of support for SHN’s frontline heroes unlike anything we have ever seen before.”
To help address the urgent need for medical equipment used to treat patients with COVID-19, SHN established the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Since fundraising began, the Fund has raised more than $1.8 million, which is already being directed to help secure equipment such as ventilators, vital signs monitors and oximeters.
Leading the way among more than 3,500 supporters was an incredible $500,000 donation made by the FDC Foundation, and two matching gifts of $100,000 each made by the Nanji Family Foundation and Krawczyk Family Foundation. As well, $470,000 was raised as part of the A1 Sing Tao Chinese Radiothon – a record for funds raised in a single day by SHN Foundation.
“We feel it is more important than ever for us to support the hospitals and their communities during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Pyarali G. Nanji of the Nanji Family Foundation. “We hope our match inspires Scarborough to donate and provide hospital staff with sufficient equipment and resources.”
“Our hospitals and health care providers are the engine powering our nation through this outbreak, and we are very proud to support Scarborough Health Network in the fight against COVID-19,” says Brad Krawczyk of the Krawczyk Family Foundation. Alex Krawczyk continues: “Through the incredible support of its community donors, SHN will use our Foundation’s matching dollars to purchase the equipment it needs to help patients while keeping frontline workers safe.”
SHN has also seen an outstanding response to its ongoing Help Our Heroes PPE Drive, which hopes to address potential shortages of personal protective equipment currently facing hospitals across the country. Several deliveries have been received to date, amounting to thousands in additional supplies for Scarborough’s hospitals.
There have also been countless restaurants and businesses that have offered food, services and exclusive discounts to SHN staff. Most recently, this includes Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment’s “Bring Toronto Back” meal program, which has delivered thousands of gourmet meals prepared directly in Scotiabank Area to all three SHN hospitals over the past several weeks.
“We cannot thank our donors enough for stepping up during this challenging time and helping those who are working to keep Scarborough safe and healthy,” said Elizabeth Buller, President & CEO, Scarborough Health Network. “No matter the size, every gift and offer of support that comes in for our hospital is important and appreciated. Every dollar is helping our frontline staff to do their job safely, effectively and with compassion while guiding us through the obstacles ahead. On behalf of all of us at SHN, thank you.”
As SHN continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for support is still urgent. Learn more about the ways SHN Foundation is raising support for the Birchmount, General and Centenary hospitals by visiting SHNFoundation.ca.
“Scarborough is a community that deserves access to the best possible care, and it is the courageous staff at SHN who are working day-in and day-out to deliver this exceptional level of care,” shares Vandermeer. “After witnessing how the community continues to come together and support our hospital workers, particularly considering how difficult this time has been for all of us, I am confident we will achieve a stronger and healthier tomorrow for Scarborough.”