Providence Care Hospital helps combat COVID-19
Across the region, healthcare facilities are responding to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. But we know we can’t fight this virus alone. Providence Care is stepping up to help its partners across the Southeast region should there be a surge in COVID-19 cases. Providence Care is ready to take on additional patients. The state-of-the-art facility recently added 200 beds to help in the fight against the virus.
“We’re all in this together. We’ve been working with our partners across the Southeast region to learn what their needs are and how we can help. At the end of the day, we want to ensure patients continue to have access to the care they need, where and when they need it,” said Cathy Szabo, Providence Care President & CEO.
To make room for the additional beds, Providence Care Hospital recently converted a number of clinical and non-clinical spaces such as conference rooms, patient lounges and outpatient clinics. Over the last several weeks Providence Care Hospital has admitted patients from neighbouring acute care hospitals. “By admitting these patients our partners are in a better position should they experience an increased number of COVID-19 positive patients,” explained Szabo.
“The innovative design of the hospital is helping to combat COVID-19 by keeping our staff and the people we serve safe,” added Krista Wells Pearce, Vice President of Planning & Corporate Support Services.
Each of the hospital’s 270 private rooms has a dedicated handwashing sink which allows for handwashing at the point of care. And with handwashing on the top of everyone’s minds these days, this design feature helps to ensure that patients, clients and staff are readily able to clean their hands.
“The design of Providence Care Hospital has always been something we’ve celebrated; however, given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are celebrating this now more than ever,” added Szabo.
Today marks three years since Providence Care Hospital opened its doors. “While we are unable to celebrate in the traditional sense, we want to express our sincere thanks to our community who continue to show encouragement and support during these uncertain times,” said Wells Pearce. “Generous donations from the community made Providence Care Hospital a reality. Our community supported us then and they continue to show their support now, when we need it most.”
About Providence Care:
Providence Care is Southeastern Ontario’s leading provider of specialized care in aging, mental health and rehabilitation. The organization operates Providence Care Hospital, a long-term care home (Providence Manor) and several community-based rehabilitation and mental health services across the region. To find out more about Providence Care, visit ProvidenceCare.ca or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.