A Message from Denise Hardenne, President and CEO, Halton Healthcare
The third wave of the pandemic and the arrival of variants of concern has challenged hospitals like never before. COVID-19 patients in our hospitals today are younger, very sick and many need intensive care. We are seeing many more COVID-19 patients in our ICUs than we did in Wave 1 or Wave 2.
Our hospitals are extremely busy but we will always be here when you or a loved one needs care.
We want to reassure you that we have developed plans and strategies so that we are able to continue to provide essential healthcare services to our communities.
Our staff and physicians are working around the clock to keep our patients and communities safe. They are proud of the work they are doing but are understandably tired. The support we have received over the past year in the form of encouraging words and donations to our hospitals continues to lift their spirits and provides them with the motivation to keep going.
Now more than ever it is important that hospitals work together as one system to ensure we respond to increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
As you have probably heard in the media, hospitals across Ontario have been working together by transferring patients between facilities. These transfers are being organized by the GTA Hospital Incident Management System, which is a single decision-making body that monitors each hospital’s capacity needs in real time, to ensure patients can be cared for safely.
We have received many patients from other hospitals in need of our help through this system. Our proactive response in Wave 1, which included the creation of our internal field hospitals, has provided us with capacity to manage the increased volumes of patients. Our teams have done an amazing job of making sure we are able to accept these patients and provide them with the care they require, all while ensuring our communities’ healthcare needs continue to be met.
In addition to this, we continue to support the provincial pandemic response with our three Priority Testing and Assessments Centres and the COVID-19 Vaccination Centre, which is one of the busiest sites in our Region.
Please know that every resource, every team member and every leader in our organization is focused on responding to this pandemic, while continuing to care for all of our patients. Nothing is more important to us than ensuring the health and safety of our patients, the community and our healthcare teams.
We are doing everything we can at the hospital to treat people and save lives but prevention is key. The power to slow the spread of COVID-19 is in the hands of our community.
Thank you for doing your part by staying home as much as possible, wearing your masks, practicing proper hand hygiene and getting vaccinated when it’s your turn.
These are challenging and uncertain times, but we know that as a community, we can get through this together.
President & CEO