Calgary Health Foundation

Important information regarding COVID-19

     


Times like these are when the community can be stronger together by each doing our part.
 As the situation continues to evolve, we encourage you to continue to stay informed at ahs.ca/covid. 

Although our office will be closed, staff will be working remotely and donations to Calgary Health Trust can continue to be made online. Mailed donations are also accepted but may experience a delay in tax receipting. The best way to reach out to us is at fundraising@calgaryhealthtrust.ca or via the contact page.

Below are helpful resources to help you stay informed and be prepared:


Health care in today's reality:

Calgary Health Trust brought Calgary's top doctors in virtually to discuss Health Care in Today's Reality: COVID-19.
Speakers: Dr. Sid Viner, Zone Medical Director, Alberta Health Services & Dr. John Gill, Calgary Infectious Disease Specialist, Alberta Health Services

CARING FOR YOURSELF:

Online Screening: AHS has deployed an online COVID-19 screening tool. *Please take note of when testing is recommended
Self-isolating: Self-isolating means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. Take necessary steps on protecting others. Self-isolation information sheet
Mental Health Support: This has been particularly challenging for many and there are also resources for mental health support and the 24/7 Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-303-2642.
Text 4 Hope: Calgary Health Trust has helped fund Text4Hope, a free service from Alberta Health Services that will send a daily text of support during these challenging times. You can text COVID19Hope to 393939 to subscribe.

CARING FOR OTHERS:

Visiting loved ones in hospital or care centre: If you have loved ones in the hospital or a care centre, please be aware of visitation restrictions. Families are also encouraged to find ways to connect with your loved-ones digitally through apps like FaceTime, Skype, or WhatsApp.


To protect yourself and others
- stay home and away from others if sick or in isolation
- wash hands often, using soap and water for at least twenty seconds
- cover coughs and sneezes
- avoid touching face with unwashed hands
- avoid travel outside Canada
self-isolate for 14 days if returning from travel outside Canada or were exposed to COVID-19
- be informed on proper hand hygiene and share with your family.

OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES:

Updates for the Chief Medical Officer: Daily information provided by Dr. Deena Hinshaw
Mass gathering restrictions
Impact to scheduled and elective surgeries: Do NOT call 811 – you will be contacted by AHS. 
Information for travelers

Mental Wellness Moments with Dr. Nicholas Mitchell
- Mental Wellness Moment — Helping teenagers struggling with stress
- Mental Wellness Moment — Maintaining friends and building new ones on social media

UPDATE FROM CALGARY HEALTH TRUST – APRIL 24


Dear 
Supporter,

“May you continue to have strength and courage in this horrific fight. Thank you for helping heal this wonderful city we call 'home'.”

This is just one of the powerful messages of support we’ve already received for our front-line caregivers! We continue to be humbled by the generosity of the community and from people like you through both your donations and your words. Clean Hands, Giving Hearts, Calgary Heath Trust’s COVID-19 Response Fund, allows you to make a difference in the community through front-line support, vulnerable populations and mental health initiatives.

Today, I am pleased to share with you a new website that outlines how this campaign is investing in our city’s COVID-19 response. In addition, we’re sharing notes of gratitude with healthcare workers on the front-line – our first line of defense in this unprecedented pandemic. We are also sharing these messages at the hospitals so those who they were written for will know how much we appreciate them… especially today!

I encourage you to check out this new website at givinghearts.calgaryhealthtrust.ca:

  • You can see uplifting and encouraging comments being left by the community for our front-line staff
  • You can see how you are directly impacting the response to COVID-19 in our community
  • You can read how your gifts are making a difference through initiatives we are actively investing in thanks to your generosity, and up-to-date information as projects are completed

I want to leave you with one more thoughtful message to inspire you to leave your own:
 “You are all heroes for your commitment. Be proud of yourselves as we are appreciative of you all.”

Thank you for your continued commitment to healthcare, and the health of our community.


Mike Meldrum
President and CEO
Calgary Health Trust

P.S. While you do not have to make a donation to leave an encouraging message, if you are able, we greatly appreciate your contribution as we collectively support our city’s COVID-19 response efforts. In addition, until May 5, your gift will be matched!



UPDATE FROM CALGARY HEALTH TRUST – APRIL 17


Dear Supporter,

As we are starting to see Spring-like weather, what once felt like a disruption to our lives is now setting in as our current reality. Dr. Deena Hinshaw said it well on Tuesday when she stated that we are all grieving in some way. Some are mourning the loss or illness of loved ones, jobs and the normalcy we once knew. This might have been felt particularly after the Easter long weekend, which is normally a time of laughter and joy among family, but this year had us finding new ways of connecting while maintaining physical distance.

What gives me comfort is knowing that because of you, Calgary Health Trust is able to work alongside Alberta Health Services to ensure that we, as a community, can help where and when it is needed most.

Many of you joined us for our Health Care in Today's Reality series. If you missed it, you can find a link to the video here. We extend our deepest appreciation to Dr. Sid Viner and Dr. John Gill for sharing their knowledge and expertise. 

This week we are excited to share two important announcements!

  • At a time when their country needs them the most, the Gulshan and Pyarali Nanji Family Foundation is donating to COVID-19 efforts across Canada, including a $100,000 gift to Calgary Health Trust through the Clean Hands, Giving Hearts campaign. Their gift will be used to match all donations made to the Clean Hands, Giving Hearts campaign starting today. You can read about their generosity here.
     
  • Thanks to you, we’ve made a $150,000 investment in the Alberta HOPE COVID-19 trial. University of Calgary and University of Alberta researchers are leading a province-wide study to investigate the effectiveness of the well-tolerated drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as an early intervention for Albertans who test positive for COVID-19. Treatment options for COVID-19 are unclear and research is critical to find new avenues to help people battle the virus. See how Calgary Health Trust’s investment is supporting the trial.

Messages of thanks along with your donations continue to come in for our front-line staff through our Clean Hands, Giving Hearts campaign, and I wanted to share a couple with you today:

 
“I am full of gratitude for all that you are doing to support those in need of your services. I'm happy to have this means of showing you my support!”

 

“Thank you for your dedication to your patients and to ensuring the health of our Calgary community. We admire all of you so much and appreciate that you are there for us.”


Your messages are so appreciated by those on the front-line and we have been sharing messages with our partners whenever we can.

Thank you for remaining diligent with your health and for your continued support. We’ll get through this together.

Take care,

Mike Meldrum
President and CEO
Calgary Health Trust



UPDATE FROM CALGARY HEALTH TRUST – APRIL 3

Dear Supporter,

Every day, our healthcare workers tirelessly show up to support the health of Albertans in the face of this crisis. I would like to express our deep gratitude for their selfless gifts of compassion and empathy, and their willingness to risk their own health for the health of others.

In the past few weeks, efforts across the province have increased exponentially to respond to COVID-19, not only by our healthcare teams, but by social agencies, care homes, emergency responders and communities.

To date we have committed to funding over $500,000 towards extraordinary efforts that are impacting areas of mental health, vulnerable populations and our front-line workers because of your support. 

One of the most substantial investments we’ve made is in the Text4Hope initiative which we've partnered with a few foundations across the province on to ensure the service is available to every Albertan who needs it. We know that physically distancing and isolating measures will have an impact beyond our physical health and we are passionate about funding resources that provide preventative support.

Text4Hope is a free service by Alberta Health Services (AHS) that focuses on positive mental health and provides subscribers with three months of daily text messages of hope written by mental health therapists. Subscribers can opt-in by texting COVID19HOPE to 393939. 

In addition, we continue to work alongside AHS to provide protective equipment for vulnerable individuals, such as the homeless population. We also are responding to needs that will continue to advance research needed in the understanding and treatment of COVID-19.

Aside from our efforts today, I was reminded of an example of how our investments over the past years enhance our health system’s ability to respond to the demands of COVID-19 because of the generosity of the community.

Our investment in a 9-bed pediatric emergency pod at South Health Campus just this past year has meant that the health team could explore options to expand beds available for COVID-19. Temporarily this will mean that all pediatric services will be routed to Alberta Children’s Hospital, but it also means that there are additional beds that can be used for COVID-19. Without a generous donor and community support Alberta Health Services would not have the option to explore this temporary measure.

This is a great example of how the health system is better equipped to respond in unprecedented circumstances because of our incredible partnership.

However big or small your contribution to help flatten the curve might feel, know that you are an incredibly important part of making a difference – thank you!

We encourage you to continue to stay informed at ahs.ca/covid in the weeks and months ahead. We continue to update our website with resources for you to access:
  • Information on Text4Hope
  • Mental Wellness Moments from AHS regarding various topics that might be relevant to you
  • Restrictions for visitors to long-term care and supportive-living facilities
Go to resources
Through our Clean Hands, Giving Hearts Campaign you can stay informed on projects we are working on in support of COVID-19 response efforts.

Please continue to be diligent in keeping your health and the health of others a top priority.

I want to thank you for your continued support and provide a reminder that we truly are stronger together, 

Mike Meldrum
President & CEO
Calgary Health Trust                         

 

UPDATE FROM CALGARY HEALTH TRUST – MARCH 20


Dear Supporter,

COVID-19 efforts in Alberta continue to impact everyone in different ways as we each do our part. We know many are starting to feel the impacts of isolation, but among the challenges there are also many great stories of kindness.

We know that in the upcoming days and weeks there will be opportunities to support local efforts, including for those providing care in our hospitals, supporting seniors and vulnerable populations, enhancing our mental health services and those on the front-lines of these critical times.

Donations to Calgary Health Trust can continue to be made online. Mailed donations are also accepted but may experience a delay in tax receipting. The best way to reach out to us is through email or via our website.

I continue to believe that it’s times like these when our community is strongest together, when the opportunity to show compassion and caring is highest and when we have to find ways to each do our part, however big or small it may feel.

As the situation continues to evolve, we encourage you to continue to stay informed at ahs.ca/covid. We want to ensure that you remain well informed and will continue to share helpful resources on our website regarding caring for yourself and others. Resources we’ve included are:

  • The AHS online COVID-19 screening tool
  • Hospital and care centre visitation restrictions
  • How to self-isolate  
  • Important resources for mental health support

Please continue to be diligent in keeping your health and the health of others a top priority.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mike Meldrum
President & CEO, Calgary Health Trust
Ph: 403-943-0610



UPDATE FROM CALGARY HEALTH TRUST – MARCH 17

At Calgary Health Trust, we exist to better the health of families and individuals in our community. For almost 25 years we have been working with our partners at Alberta Health Services (AHS) to improve the quality of medical care through AHS infrastructure, medical equipment and its people.

During this challenging time navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to take the lead from our partners at AHS, the provincial health authority, who are at the front-line working to keep our community safe and healthy.

At Calgary Health Trust we believe in exceptional healthcare for every Calgarian and Albertan. It is our mission to bring the community and healthcare together to create better outcomes and better health for all. Today, it is apparent that that role is more important than ever.

Times like these are when the community can be stronger together by each doing our part.

As it stands, hand washing and social distancing measures have proven to be the most effective in containing the spread of the virus. Therefore, as of today, Calgary Health Trust will be postponing our donor events and tours for the foreseeable future.

As of Thursday, March 19, Calgary Health Trust staff will be working remotely, and our main office and hospital site offices will be closed. Options will be provided when you call our main line at 403-943-0615 or contact us via email. For more information or to make an online donation you can also visit our website. Mailed donations will continue to be accepted, but you may experience some delays in processing tax receipts. 

We will continue to stay in contact with you - our partners, donors and community members through virtual and telephone meetings. We plan for a smooth transition, but please be patient with us as we iron out our processes!

We strongly believe that this is the right course of action to take for our community and the health of yourself, your families and loved ones.

As this situation continues to evolve, we encourage you to stay informed at ahs.ca/covid.

Thank you for your understanding and passionate support for our community,

Mike Meldrum
President & CEO, Calgary Health Trust
Ph: 403-943-0610