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Please be a hero, for our heroes

Hero noun – A person who, in the face of danger, combats adversity through feats of ingenuity, courage and strength.

Like many, I used to think of heroes as fictional characters like Superman, Spiderman, Batman and Wonder Woman – those with superpowers who could eliminate evil and leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Until early 2020 when our world changed. And the meaning of heroes was redefined.

Nowhere has the impact of COVID-19 been more profoundly felt than in the health care system overall.

Here at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital, and throughout Grey Bruce Health Services, the new normal of COVID-19 became a harsh reality. Many of our nursing team had experienced SARS in 2003 and remembered its psychological impact. The staff came together to face this pandemic.

The anxiety due to the unknown of COVID was palpable.

Our community has shouted out its thanks to frontline workers – the clerks at the grocery stores, the drug store, the drive-thru staff at the coffee shop, the mechanics who fix our vehicles and the veterinarians who care for our furry friends, albeit with new protocols in place.

In our role as healthcare providers, we have relied heavily on your financial support in the past to fund equipment essential to first-class care. Little did we know that your partnership and moral support during this pandemic would help to ease our fears and keep us focused so we can do whatever is needed.

While our hospitals have not received a large number of COVID cases, we never know if or when that could change.

Thankfully, Ontario Health has provided clear direction. We’ve redeployed staff as needed – to carry out COVID-19 testing for the pubic, to conduct patient screening, or provide support in the ICU. We’ve bonded as a team – physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacists working together – even carrying out mock scenarios to ensure we are prepared for anything.

And you have rallied to do anything and everything to show your support.

From the beginning, personal protective equipment was arriving from businesses and individuals throughout Grey and Bruce Counties to meet the urgent need. Face masks, gloves, safety glasses, gowns, scrubs – all arrived at our door to keep our staff safe.

Restaurants were delivering meals to feed hungry, exhausted staff. Individuals were delivering sweet treats, bottled water, hand sewn caps, head bands and ear savers, all to boost spirits. Messages painted on rocks line our driveway and parades of vehicles with honking horns remind us we are together in this fight against the unknown.

Thanks to you, we know we are not alone.

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. We must remain vigilant. And we need you to continue supporting us through whatever the future holds.

Having first-class health care right here at home has never been more critical than now.

Staff don’t need capes, the ability to fly, nor invisibility serum. They need the equipment necessary to do their jobs.

During the days and weeks ahead, you can count on us to take care of you and our community. Despite the risk to themselves, our doctors, nurses and all staff on the front lines will continue doing whatever they need to do to keep you safe.

Will you help our healthcare heroes with a gift today?

Sincerely,

Colleen Ouwendyk 

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