Your donation to the Urgent Care Fund for COVID-19 will be matched!

As physicians, we can certainly say we never expected to be delivering care to our community the way we are now, and we never expected to write a letter such as this.

The world has changed dramatically as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing hasn’t; we are here for you. You may be hesitant to come to the hospital. Please know if you need care, we are here and we will keep you safe.

This crisis has brought our community together in ways we could never have imagined. Your hospital is taking precautions to ensure we can keep you and your loved ones safe  now, and at all times.

We are grateful for our generous community. Through your past donations, you are already having a significant impact on our ability to care for our community, especially during this unusual time. Much of the state-of-the-art emergency equipment and technology available at NBRHC was funded by donors like you. Thank you. And, our building was built by our community. Its layout and design have given us the capacity to prepare for the unknown and this is allowing us to quickly adapt to the changing needs of our patients. With 16 beds in our Critical Care Unit, designated areas in our Emergency Department for patients with respiratory and non-respiratory conditions, as well as 22 negative pressure rooms on several units, your hospital has a strategy in place to effectively monitor, isolate and care for all patients, including those with COVID-19. Thank you!

Right now, we are writing to you because of a very special opportunity to continue helping your hospital and community by doubling your impact. OCP Construction and the Cousineau family are matching community donations to the Urgent Care Fund for COVID-19 at four hospitals in the north, including NBRHC, up to $25,000 for each hospital.

Please consider supporting your hospital with a donation and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar. Your donation of $50, $100 or $250 will support urgently needed medical equipment to keep patients and staff safe.

In addition to an increased demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), several pieces of impactful medical equipment have been identified. This includes acquiring equipment to begin testing locally for COVID-19. Two lab analyzers are needed to provide capacity to test for more than 20 other respiratory illnesses including influenza and all strains of rhinovirus-with one swab. Each analyzer costs $25,000

If you have already made a donation supporting the Urgent Care Fund for COVID-19 at NBRHC – thank you. If not, please consider giving today. Your gift will go twice as far to support the health of your community during this crisis.

The hospital staff and the community have teamed up and implemented procedures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It has been an enormous collaborative effort with positive results. This will be a moment in history our community will be proud of. Thank you for everything you are doing to help keep our community safe.

While we continue to fight this pandemic, locally, nationally and around the world, our hospital and community continue to play an important role, focusing on preventing the spread of COVID-19. We are incredibly proud of our community. You are putting others ahead of yourselves and adhering to social distancing and other restrictions. We are all in this together - keep it up!

Please consider making a donation to help your hospital and your community today. If you have any questions about the Urgent Care Fund for COVID-19 at NBRHC, please contact the Foundation 705-840-9412, 705-492-5274, or foundation@nbrhc.on.ca.

Stay safe,

Dr. Jennifer Mihill

COVID-19 Critical Care Preparedness Lead

Head of Anaesthesia

Dr. Ian Cowan

Assessment Centre Lead

Chief of Family Practice

PS. Please continue to stay home and practice physical distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you. We will get through this together.