Health Sciences Centre Foundation starts fund for hospital’s COVID-19 fight

The foundation launched a COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund Monday. Getty Images

The Health Sciences Centre Foundation is raising money to help pay for the Winnipeg hospital’s ongoing efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

The foundation launched a COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund Monday.

“We all need to take care of frontline health care workers so they can take care of the rest of us,” said HSC Foundation president and CEO Jonathon Lyon in a release.

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“We are rallying donors to do what they can to support our dedicated doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, and other facility staff, as well as patients they treat.”

Money raised will be used to support the efforts of doctors and hospital staff, the foundation said.

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The foundation also said it’s working with the hospital to find emerging needs like acquiring communication equipment so families can keep in touch with loved ones hospitalized by the virus.

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“Donor support will keep the hospital nimble as it continues to prepare for the care needs of COVID-19 patients while still providing care for other seriously ill patients and people with emergency needs,” said Lyon.

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“Through all this, we want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to support the entire HSC team as they work to keep Manitobans healthy.”

HSC Foundation COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund can be made online or by phone at (204) 515-5612 or toll-free at 1-800-679-8493.

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