April 8: Update from the President and CEO

For many of us, the days ahead are a special time for family and friends as we celebrate the holidays of Easter and Passover. The need for all of us to physically distance ourselves from each other at this time has disrupted many of the traditions that are an important part of these special days. This time is all the more difficult for patients in hospital who are even more isolated from the world outside.

In most cases, patients are not able to visit with friends and family, to prevent the spread of illness. With that in mind, we’re offering St. Boniface Hospital’s Well Wishes program to anyone who wishes to contact a patient. You can send a message of support online. For patients in all areas, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation has been proud to work with the Hospital to improve their comfort and connection with the outside world. With the help of our business partners, the Foundation is working to expand patient access to bedside telephone service and bringing television into more of their Hospital rooms this spring. The weeks ahead will bring more uncertainty to many aspects of our lives, but one thing we can all be sure of is that Manitoba’s health care professionals stand ready to save lives and provide compassionate care to all in our province who need it. Our health care system is strong, and well-prepared.

St. Boniface Hospital will play an important role in this response effort. The restricted access in place at the Hospital entrances highlights that our caregivers are among those on the front lines of the fight against the virus.

While COVID-19 has dominated the news and our lives in recent weeks, it is important to remember that St. Boniface continues to serve thousands of Manitobans who face critical and complex conditions outside of the pandemic. The Hospital’s Cardiac Sciences Program continues to provide life-saving surgery; our Palliative Care Unit offers comfort to families; and our Woman and Child Program is first to welcome new joy into the world every day. These programs and more continue to need donors to support them – especially at this challenging time.

We need your help – now, more than ever. The Foundation has established a COVID-19 Response Fund to support the most urgent needs of St. Boniface Hospital. Already, through the generosity of our donors we have been able to support the Hospital in the purchase of equipment – including new handheld ultrasound devices – and other supplies to add to the safety of staff and patients alike. To everyone who has been a part of this effort, thank you for your generosity at this critical time.

The Hospital has been blessed with offers of food from restaurants, caterers and other commercial kitchens for our caregivers and front-line staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a commercial kitchen looking to donate food in individually wrapped portions, please call the Foundation at 204-237-2067 or email info@stbhf.org for guidelines and important instructions. Restaurants may be eligible for an in-kind business receipt from the Foundation, or alternatively, can receive recognition from Foundation social media channels.

Your support means the world to front-line health care professionals and patients at St. Boniface Hospital.

Vince Barletta
President and CEO, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation