Your gift will be used where it’s needed most
We know that you are deeply interested in supporting our front-line health care workers through this crisis and helping Calgarians through this difficult time. We are working alongside our partners at Alberta Health Services to determine how donors like you can have the greatest impact on the COVID-19 response.
Impacting Front-Line Workers Through Health and Research
Our health teams and community volunteers are committed to taking COVID-19 head on. Needs are constantly changing as our health system quickly adapts to ensure that every person will receive the care they need when they need it and that we can flatten the curve.
Impacting Vulnerable Populations Through Health and Wellness
Our seniors and homeless are some of the most vulnerable during this pandemic. From providing personal protection equipment to ensuring that complex health needs can be met, we are working with health providers and agencies across the city to ensure that we can protect and care for our city’s vulnerable.
Impacting Mental Health in the Community Through Health, Wellness and Research
As the physical nature of a pandemic takes its toll, so do the effects of physical distancing, isolation and the fear that comes in its wake. Working with our mental health teams across the province, we are investing in proactive tools for mental wellness as well as ensuring Calgarians have the support they need.
What you can do to help
Your donations at work
Here is how you are making a difference
Meals and Hospitality for the Front Lines
Our primary care providers and volunteers are working more shifts and longer hours to keep us all healthy and safe. Under the circumstances, we need to provide 2 meals a day for our volunteer teams to keep our hospitals and care facilities working smoothly. This is not provided for except through your donations. We think this is a great way for the community to do hospitality for the people who are risking their own health to take care of us.
AB-HOPE COVID-19: Clinical Research Trial
Calgary Health Trust is a primary funder of the Alberta HOPE COVID19 trial, a collaboration between Researchers and Health Professionals at the University of Calgary, University of Alberta, and Alberta Health Services. Lack of any proven treatments for this severe condition makes it imperative that we work together and use the resources we have to try to improve the lives of Albertans during this global pandemic. Other funding partners include Alberta Innovates, the Government of Alberta and the University of Calgary/Alberta Health Services Clinical Research Fund.
Increased testing across Alberta
Calgary Health Trust has committed $1.7M to increase testing capacity for the province. The funds will purchase critical equipment that will bring Alberta’s testing capacity from 7,000 to 16,000 tests per day and also expedite the results. Increased testing remains a critical element in the province’s overall strategy and will provide more data to assist public health officials to make better decisions.
Every test that can be completed is like solving a piece to this puzzle, and the more tests that can be done, the pieces will begin to come together quicker helping Albertans gain a sense of normalcy.
Providing Personal Protective Equipment
Seniors and people living in homelessness are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 and need to be protected with face masks, gloves and other protective items. You are helping meet the urgent need for these items in places like homeless shelters. Thanks to your support, people living at places like the Drop-In Centre and Alpha House will continue to be cared for and protected against the spread of COVID-19.
Protecting Vulnerable Populations
Seniors and the homeless population rely on us. Often at the highest risk and with limited resources, it is critical to protect our vulnerable populations from the spread of COVID-19. You've helped us equip these individuals with the support they need to protect themselves and others while not having to worry about meeting their basic needs.
We are pleased to be a partner in Text 4 Hope, an automated service where you can receive daily positive messages to support mental health during vulnerability and isolation. There is no cost and any Albertan can sign up by texting “COVID19HOPE” to 393939. Click here to read more.
Technology for isolated patients to connect
Though we must remain apart, in times like this, technology can keep us together. Due to the extreme measures the province has had to make in visitation to hospitals and care centres, people receiving care are facing vulnerable moments alone. We know that the support of loved ones is a key components of helping patients get well. Calgary Health Trust has funded a pilot project that will provide patients receiving treatment in our hospitals iPads to keep them and their and families together during these challenging times.
Supporting the growing need
We are already feeling the impact of COVID-19 on mental health in our community, and we anticipate this to be a long-term issue that will need to continue to be addressed even after the crisis has come to an end. We are seeking solutions that will help us to be prepared to meet these needs.
Arnie J. Charbonneau Foundation
Calgary Flames Foundation
C & J Chan
DWCR Family Fund at Calgary Foundation
Dr. Chen Fong & Ms. Alice Chan/Helios Health & Wellness Centre
Gulshan & Pyarali G. Nanji Family Foundation
Jamboree in Lockdown
Allardyce Bower Foundation
Harold and Betty Allsopp Fund at Calgary Foundation
Calgary Board of Education
Elizabeth Hamilton-Keen and Family
Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel
Medaca Health Group
The Palmer Family
Starbucks Canada Charitable Fund, held at Vancouver Foundation
Stephen G. Kennedy
Craig and Cara Senyk
The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
Calgary Health Trust is the charity foundation for Calgary’s four major hospitals, twelve Carewest long-term care centres and Community Health centres and programs. At all times, but especially now, our goal is to empower you to make a difference to your community through your donations to health care.
Please visit our COVID-19 information page for more important links and to find up-to-date communication from Calgary Health Trust.
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