For Dr. Carol Peng, the desire to give back at Scarborough Health Network was driven by a long-held belief that what goes around comes around.
“Thirty years ago, I was young and penniless, and a few kind-hearted physicians gave me a good reference that helped me to eventually become an obstetrician/gynaecologist at SHN,” shared Dr. Peng. “With the support and friendship of these incredible people, SHN has now become my second home, but it is in desperate need of a facelift. Government funding is often not enough or readily disposable for immediate need, so when a colleague of mine mentioned that we should take this cause into our own hands, I was more than willing to do my part.”
And that is precisely what she did. On December 13, 2018, thanks to the leadership of Dr. Peng, Dr. Georgina Wilcock, Dr. Grace Yeung, and an entire group of other generous SHN obstetricians, the ribbon was cut on a newly installed therapeutic birthing tub at the General hospital’s Family Maternity Centre. This state-of-the-art birthing tub is designed to improve the patient experience for our expectant mothers by creating a soothing birth environment, a need that the group recognized through their day-to-day work at SHN.
“Being on the front-lines provides us with a unique vantage point into the challenges facing our patients and the opportunities we have to make things better,” shared Dr. Wilcock. “We often have patients who are anxious about the maternity process, particularly during childbirth, and they are looking for alternative methods of care that meet their specific wants and needs. This type of equipment offers our patient’s choice in their treatments and provides new options and avenues for them to manage pain and find comfort through a monumental part of their lives.”
Other donors to the purchase include Dr. Donna Barnwell, Dr. Salikah Iqbal, Dr. Coomarasamy Kirupanathan, Dr. Jevan Ko, Dr. Sam Ko, Dr. Sharon O’Brien, Dr. Catherine Owen, Dr. Larissa Tam and Dr. Nina Venkatarangam.
“Above all, SHN is committed to transforming the patient experience, and part of that is ensuring we are equipped with the latest and greatest medical technology,” shared Michael Mazza, president and CEO, SHN Foundation. “This new tub is a fantastic example of the impact that is possible when people come together to give back and improve the lives of our patients – particularly when those individuals are the very same people working each day to deliver that care. We hope this will serve as a demonstration to our entire community – both here in our hospitals and beyond our walls through Scarborough – that shaping the future of care is possible through giving.”