The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation needs your help making up for cancelled fundraising events

Have you noticed all the recent changes at the Lakeshore General Hospital? It is thanks to the involvement and the generosity of the West Island community that your hospital, your “Lakeshore,” is evolving to address West Islanders’ needs.

Donating and fundraising for the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundations ensures access to state-of-the-art equipment, supports major upgrades of hospital facilities, and enables programs and specialized training for the professional staff.

Such equipment and trainings are needed to provide better and faster care, right here, without having to commute downtown. How important is it to have an Emergency Room between the city centre and… Valleyfield? How practical is it for patients who receive dialysis treatments three times per week? Or to have access to a beautiful birthing centre without risking a traffic jam during labour? The Hospital is truly an anchor in our community.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lakeshore General has been designated as a COVID-19 facility. Over the summer, the hospital underwent major change with important measures put into place in anticipation of the second wave. Each patient is now cared for in a private room, and the Emergency Department has been expanded to admit those who test positive for COVID-19 in new negative pressure rooms.

From the beginning, the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation focused its efforts on supporting medical teams in their fight against the coronavirus. Doctors, nurses, technicians and orderlies were provided with additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as intubation hoods, safety glasses and thousands of washable hospital gowns to keep them as safe as possible. Tablets were made available to doctors to keep them from having to travel between Covid-19 “hot spots” and virus-free areas. This also helped speed up medical imaging analysis in the safest possible way.

Now, the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation needs your help!

With your help, the foundation can equip the frontline staff with quality PPE and install a Wi-Fi network throughout the Hospital. With this network, patients who are hospitalized or undergoing treatment will be able to easily connect with their loved ones any time they want. Given the strict visiting restrictions, connecting virtually will safely provide essential comfort to family members, friends and neighbours being treated at the hospital. Also, the dedicated professionals who have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic will have access to better resources to treat their patients. Like the tablets, the network will eliminate the need for doctors and nurses to frequently change zone within the hospital, thus reducing the risk of spreading the virus.