Queensway Carleton Hospital ICU physicians honour their team with a special award on the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic
March 11, 2021 represents the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring the Coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. To make this ominous anniversary meaningful and to recognize some of the incredible work and bravery of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) team, the ICU physicians at Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) chose to recognize their entire ICU team, well over 100 staff members, as Champions of Care, and made a donation to QCH Foundation in their honour. In the morning of March 11, on the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 in Ottawa, the entire QCH ICU team was recognized for their incredible work and bravery during the pandemic through a special presentation.
When the virus first arrived in Ottawa, the QCH ICU was hit early and held more COVID-19 positive patients than any other ICU in the entire region, from Cornwall to Scarborough. However, the QCH ICU team conquered their initial fear and worked together this past year to treat and care for their patients with courage, compassion and resilience.
“Our ICU physician team are eternally grateful for the caring, compassion, and courage shown by our amazing ICU colleagues during this pandemic,” says Dr. Akshai Iyengar, QCH ICU Department Chief and Medical Director. “Our incredibly talented nurses, respiratory therapists and many other members of our team have provided exceptional care to our patients during this extremely challenging time. We really wanted to do something special to express our gratitude for all their hard work and the sacrifices they made in protecting our patients and our community from COVID-19.”
Dr. Akshai Iyengar and his colleague Dr. Eric Neidert, QCH ICU physician, worked secretly with QCH Foundation to develop a unique way to recognize the contributions of the ICU team. For this important occasion, Dr. Eric Neidert designed and produced a limited edition COVID-19 Champion of Care pin himself, modelled on the medical illustration of the Coronavirus. These custom pins were presented to the QCH ICU team on March 11, at a special presentation organized to coincide with Ottawa’s one-year COVID-19 anniversary.
“When Dr. Akshai Iyengar approached me to help plan this Champion of Care presentation, I was thrilled and eager to help make this as special as possible for our ICU team,” explains Shannon Gorman, QCH Foundation President & CEO. “They have done inspiring work during this pandemic. The entire team goes above and beyond every day for our patients, and each and every one of them deserve to be celebrated. We are incredibly grateful to all our ICU physicians for making this generous donation in honour of their amazing team.”
Champion of Care Program
A Champion of Care is an individual, team or department that has displayed the utmost dedication and compassion while providing extraordinary care to you or your loved ones. At Queensway Carleton Hospital you can show your appreciation when a hospital team member or department has provided exceptional care, by nominating them as a Champion of Care and making a donation to our Foundation in their honour.