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Southlake Foundation calls on communities to take action on World Health Day.

Tuesday April 7, 2020

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COVID-19 Action Fund supports hospital’s immediate needs to keep patients and staff safe

Newmarket, Ontario – April 7, 2020 – Southlake Foundation is asking communities to celebrate World Health Day on April 7th by showing their support for Southlake Regional Health Centre and the front-line staff who are working tirelessly as we continue the fight against COVID-19.

“World Health Day this year is unique in the sense that we are experiencing this pandemic on a shared global scale,” says Susan Mullin, President & CEO of Southlake Foundation. “We have been truly inspired by the response of our communities who are stepping up in so many different ways to show their support during this challenging time.”

In response to the unprecedented demand, Southlake Foundation has launched the COVID-19 Action Fund to support equipment like portable isolation tents to increase our surge capacity for patients with or suspected of having COVID-19, ventilators to provide life-sustaining support for those with compromised lung function, glidescopes for controlled intubation for greater accuracy and protection for healthcare workers, and mask fit testing and personal protective equipment to keep front-line workers safe.

Support through the COVID-19 Action Fund will give Southlake Foundation the flexibility to meet the evolving needs of our healthcare workers by ensuring their personal safety and supporting their well-being during these stressful times. With the help of our communities, Southlake Foundation can immediately fund specialized equipment and provide support to Southlake’s healthcare workers as they work tirelessly to deliver care and to be there for our communities when they need us most.

A drive is also ongoing for personal protective equipment (PPE), vital in keeping front-line workers and vulnerable patients safe. Southlake is accepting donations of unused, unopened and unexpired PPE from community organizations including dental offices, medical clinics, and others to help ensure we are well-equipped to manage an increasing volume of patients.

Our communities can also share messages of support and gratitude for front-line workers on social media using #SouthlakeLove.

To learn more about Southlake Foundation’s COVID-19 Action Fund or make a donation, visit www.southlake.ca/foundation/donateCOVID-19

More information about Southlake’s personal protective equipment drive can be found online at www.southlake.ca/foundation/southlake-ppe-drive/