TELUS Friendly Future Foundation donates $195,000 for ventilators to help save lives during COVID-19

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TELUS Friendly Future Foundation has donated $195,000 to Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation (QCHF) in support of the COVID-19 Fund.

The donation will go towards the purchase of three new ventilators that are urgently needed by Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH). Ventilators help people breathe when they cannot breathe adequately on their own. The donation is part of a $10 million commitment from the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation announced in March to support and enhance the healthcare response across Canada during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“The overwhelming support we have received for our hospital and frontline team during this pandemic has been inspiring. I am truly honoured to be part of such a kind and giving community,” says Shannon Gorman, QCHF President and CEO.

“Donations like this incredible gift from the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, along with existing support from our community, will ensure our healthcare team continue to have the equipment and tools they need to care for our patient population during COVID-19 and beyond. Thank you for your generosity, and thank you for your investment in healthcare excellence for our entire community”, says Dr. Andrew Falconer, President and CEO of the Queensway Carleton Hospital.

The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation has committed to providing much-needed community support to help get through this healthcare crisis and beyond.

“During this unprecedented public health emergency, we are especially focused on supporting our communities’ frontline healthcare teams and enabling urgent funding where it is needed most,” said Dee Brown, Executive Director, TELUS Friendly Future Foundation. “We are providing funding for urgently needed ventilators to support patients and frontline workers at Queensway Carleton Hospital. The ventilators will have an immediate impact on the pandemic-related care provided at Queensway Carleton Hospital, and into the foreseeable future as we adjust to life with COVID-19.”

These new ventilators will not only help save lives during this pandemic, they will continue to help other patients at QCH who require intensive care. This donation will help equip the hospital with the life-saving equipment needed now, during COVID-19 and in the future.

For more information on QCHF and the COVID-19 Fund, please visit qchfoundation.ca, and for more information on the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation visit friendlyfuture.com.

About Queensway Carleton Hospital & Foundation

Located in fast-growing west Ottawa, Queensway Carleton Hospital has built its reputation as a leading acute care hospital by seeing the person in each of the nearly 500,000 people who turn to it for care each year. Queensway Carleton Hospital’s agility and collaborative culture enable it to respond quickly to the most pressing healthcare challenges facing its vibrant and growing communities through advanced programs that reinvent models of patient care. By supporting Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, you are investing in advanced patient care and healthcare excellence for our community.

www.qchfoundation.ca

Queensway Carleton Hospital has responded to COVID-19 in a multitude of ways: converting our Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit into a dedicated COVID unit; operating the West COVID-19 Care Clinic in a converted public school; creating an offsite inpatient unit at Fairfield Inn for low-risk, low-acuity alternate level of care patients to free up space in the hospital; turning surgical space into a second Intensive Care Clinic (ICU) when our primary ICU became full of COVID-positive patients; and supporting the long term care homes in their time of need by providing staffing and expertise.

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For more information and media interviews contact: Sarah Wilson, Marketing & Communications Manager, Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, at 613.807.1645 or sarahwilson@qch.on.ca.