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Help Us Keep Care Close to Home

Spring for Bruce Peninsula Health Care

Like you, I feel like I live in the best place on earth. Life on “The Bruce” is filled with natural beauty, opportunity to prosper, and a great sense of community. Aren’t we fortunate that additionally, our rural paradise is supported by excellent hospital care right here, close to home?

Currently, BPHSF is raising money to help with unforeseen expenses related to COVID-19. We were recently asked to fund the purchase of iPads so staff could connect patients with family members that haven’t been able to visit since the pandemic started. Because of our donors’ amazing and immediate response to our Covid-19 Relief Fund, BPHSF was equipped with the funding to purchase the iPads without hesitation.

The very day that the iPad arrived at the Wiarton Hospital, RPN Brianna Sylvest and RN Morgan McLean set up a Face Time meeting between Wiarton patient Joy Speckner and her husband Al, who lives in Gateway Haven, a local long-term care home. Joy has been in hospital waiting for placement in Gateway Haven so she can be with her husband of 47 years, and the two haven’t seen each other in over six months.

“We decided to call Gateway and arrange for the two of them to see each other,” said Brianna. Joy wanted to see Al in person, but this was the next best thing. “Joy was so thankful, and we were all in tears. She was worried that her husband wouldn’t recognize her, but he did, and he was trying to touch her face through the screen and kiss her.”

BPHSF is extremely grateful to our donors for facilitating this purchase,
and for nurses like Brianna and Morgan who go the extra mile to look after their patients.

The new iPads are critical to connecting isolated patients with friends and family, and will give patients something to look forward to during their sometimes long and lonely stay in hospital. With visitor restrictions in place for the foreseeable future, these ipads will allow for patients to stay connected with their loved ones.

The Wiarton & Lion’s Head Hospitals are staffed by exceptionally skilled and caring professionals. We can be proud of the level of care provided in our community, and have confidence that our medical needs will be taken care of quickly, effectively, and compassionately.

I was surprised and (you might be too) by the amount of activity that takes place at our Bruce Peninsula hospitals. Just as an example, here are some statistics from 2018/2019:

  • More than 18,600 visits to our Emergency Rooms
  • Over 500 day surgeries
  • More than 602,000 lab tests
  • Over 2310 ultrasounds
  • In excess of 760 people admitted and treated as inpatients

Providing the most up-to-date medical equipment and technology to support all this activity is not a small task. In a typical year, Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation provides more than $500,000 in funding to support our patients and health care professionals.

Of course, it’s not really the Foundation providing these funds.
It’s YOU, our neighbors, friends, service clubs, businesses… our donors.

I hope that you will consider making a gift to our Bruce Peninsula hospitals. With your help, we will continue to receive the excellent level of care we’ve come to expect.

With deepest gratitude,

Kevin Walsh
Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation

P.S. Please make a gift to your hospital, it makes exceptional care happen, right here, close to home.

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