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in this issue: MESSAGE FROM UHKF BOARD CHAIR, WAYNE OWENS Page 2

ART HIVE HELPS HEALING Page 4

HONOURING VOLUNTEERS AND PHILANTHROPISTS Page 5 and 6 Don Hay, Angel Donor, at the grand opening of the MRI Suite at KHSC.

Angel Donors Reveal Themselves to Inspire Community Through amazing matching gifts, Angel Donors greatly advance UHKF’s fundraising efforts. They are revealing themselves now, hoping to inspire the next generation of Angel Donors, while encouraging the entire community to donate to the future of our local health care.

UHKF, you get it back tenfold. You won’t get it in money, but you might get it in health care for you or your family, or maybe some other good fortune. Whenever I give them money something nice happens to me. I’ve always believed in that.”

Angel Donors like Jack Keyes, the late Malcolm (Mac) Tackaberry, Don Hay, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 115, have all shown incredible thoughtfulness and generosity towards local health care inspiring the community to give more than $425,000 to UHKF. Philanthropy of this kind provides our healthcare organizations and workers with much needed funds and resources.

Jack and Don each provided a matching gift, agreeing to match donors’ gifts up to a total of $100,000. In response to this challenge, many donors made larger gifts than usual or made additional gifts resulting in a campaign that exceeded expectations and much-needed funds for Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) and Providence Care.

“I believe in giving to the hospitals because while the government covers most of the building costs, they don’t buy the equipment,” says Jack. “If you donate money to a good charity, like

“UHKF does a great job. I particularly enjoy their luncheons and amazing hospital tours where you learn so much,” says Don. Continued on page 2...


Jason Kish (left) and Bill Pearse (right) of IBEW Local 115 with Nicole Pierce, Director of Healthcare Advancement at UHKF (centre).

Angel Donors Reveal Themselves to Inspire Community Continued from page 1. “When I first started giving, I had a tour of Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and learned from a nurse about the long wait times for patients to get an MRI scan,” says Don. “I was one of the first donors to give towards a second MRI machine and wait times have now been drastically cut. So it doesn’t matter how much you give; it can help you, a family member or a total stranger.”

Organizations can also be generous Angel Donors in our community. IBEW 115 recently played a pivotal role in UHKF’s Stream-A-Thon in June by providing a $25,000 matching gift. “Donating to local health care is probably the most humbling and rewarding form of giving that you can do,” says Jason Kish, Business Manager for IBEW 115. “Better facilities will help us all and every gift counts,

whether it’s a big or small donation. If you need proof, just walk around the Cancer Centre or the Intensive Care Units. Any donation may have just helped a person or a family come through a very difficult time. And you can’t put a price on that.” If you are interested in becoming our next Angel Donor, please contact Lori Faggiani, Director Annual Programs, at 613-549-5452.

Message from UHKF Board Chair, Wayne Owens My first message to you as UHKF’s Board Chair comes at an interesting time. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced significant changes for us all. However, after being involved with UHKF for four years, I can’t remember a time where I have seen such phenomenal generosity from our community and you, our amazing donors. During our annual Thank-AThon, I was touched to speak with many donors who have been served so well by our healthcare organizations. They are arguably the most important

institutions in our community, and I am excited to look forward to Phase 2 of KHSC’s rebuild and a new home for Providence Care’s Providence Manor. These important developments will ensure our region has on-going access to cutting-edge medical services for many years to come. I must now say an enormous thank you to the out-going Board Chair, Liz Wilson. Liz’s tireless work and steadfast leadership kept us focused on our mission during a time of significant change at UHKF, and in our community. She has been

truly amazing. Looking forward, we will continue to ensure KHSC and Providence Care have the resources available to accomplish their outstanding work. Thank you for all you do to make that possible. Many thanks, Wayne Owens, Chair UHKF Board of Directors 2 | FALL 2020


Pilot Program in Virtual Care at KHSC Proves Invaluable During Pandemic Two years ago, with the help of UHKF donors, Dr. Ramana Appireddy, Stroke Neurologist and Medical Director at Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s (KHSC) Stroke Prevention Clinic, began a pilot project testing the effectiveness of virtual patient visits (eVisits). These eVisits allowed people to stay home—where possible—and use their own computers, smartphones or tablets to speak with their physician. “We had an excellent response from the patients,” says Dr. Appireddy. “There are lots of barriers to coming into the clinic, especially for senior stroke patients. But there’s no doubt that virtual care is a winner for the patients. It’s also much more efficient for the physicians, and optimizes the use of hospital resources with a huge cost saving per patient.”

Thanks to his innovative pilot project, Dr. Appireddy created a model on how to do eVisits for specialist care. This was invaluable when he was called upon to lead the roll-out of virtual care across KHSC during the COVID-19 pandemic. “With organizational engagement and everybody’s support, I could tell people about the difficulties of implementing virtual care and how to address each of those issues,” says Dr. Appireddy. “It was my pleasure to guide my colleagues in their adoption of eVisits. Whenever we can address the barriers people face, we are putting patients and their families at the centre of improving their access to health care.” To read the full story, visit www.uhkf.ca.

Donated Technology Helps Build Connections and Hope at Providence Care The isolation caused by physical-distancing guidelines and restrictions had the potential to impact the overall well-being of Providence Care’s patients, residents and clients. Thankfully, our wonderful donor community generously donated technology—which has been vital in connecting people with their loved ones. “It can be very distressing to watch people decline due to their lack of contact with their family,” says Dr. Neil Elford, Director for Spiritual Health, Mission and Ethics for Providence Care. “However, to see a patient connect with a missed loved one is so incredibly heartwarming and gratifying. It’s just helping people on so many levels.” Many healthcare practitioners were able to connect and better support the people they serve with new technology. At Providence Care

Hospital, it was an opportunity to build on the time-saving eVisits that were already in use by some teams, to help patients and clients who found travel difficult between sites. At Providence Care’s Providence Manor, staff have been using the new devices to engage their residents, including taking part in virtual museum and zoo tours, games, musical sing-alongs and FaceTime visits with loved ones. “This technology, and how it helps to support and bring hope to those we serve—it’s all been deeply moving,” says Dr. Elford. “We are so thankful for each of these generous gifts!” To read the full story, visit www.uhkf.ca.

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ART HIVE HELPS HEALING ART HIVE

Providence Care Hospital’s (PCH) Art Hive fosters creativity and social inclusion through art, music, research and technology. The Art Hive was made possible by a generous donation from the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation’s Stella Corkey Endowment Fund, which was established specifically to create art-related programs.

“Participating in art experiences has proven to have healing abilities. Art diminishes stress and promotes relaxation, stimulates activity in different parts of the brain and body, and offers enormous pleasure and autonomy,” says Barbara Robinson, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Mental Health. “There’s nothing that can unite people quite like the power of the arts.” PCH volunteers host activities within the Art Hive, along with staff from Peer Support of

Southeastern Ontario. From collage making to sketching, painting, sculpting and musicmaking, the Art Hive is available to everyone—patients, clients, family members and staff. This blend of different people also offers increased social connections, which can be vital to patients and clients. “We’ve had a couple of people who prefer not to socialize with others, but they come to the Art Hive. They engage in conversation, encourage others and praise their artwork. It’s

so moving,” says Janet Hunter, Director of Volunteer Services. Due to the physical-distancing guidelines and restrictions currently in place, the Art Hive has not been open. However, staff have figured out a way to ensure art experiences can still occur. “We have provided the units with art supplies,” says Janet, “so our patients and clients can still experience the benefits of the arts in a safe environment.”

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Honouring volunteers and philanthropists The Davies Award for Philanthropic Leadership The Davies Awards were first presented by Kingston philanthropists, Michael and Elaine Davies through the Kingston General Hospital Foundation in honour of its 25th anniversary in 2005. Recipients of the Davies Award are individuals, organizations and community groups who have demonstrated outstanding philanthropic leadership benefitting Kingston’s healthcare facilities and ultimately, the care of our families, friends and neighbours in southeastern Ontario.

Shoppers Drug Mart The local Shoppers Drug Mart owners and associates are exceptional examples of corporate citizenship at its best. Together, they have raised over $350,000 for Women’s Health Programs through the annual LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart™ campaign. Adam Doyle, the local chair of the LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart™ program and the other local store owners encourage their associates to promote the program and create an environment in the stores that inspire staff to participate wholeheartedly. We are very fortunate to have such community-minded individuals working in our local Shoppers Drug Marts. Their enthusiasm, dedication and commitment are the reason that the program is so successful in Kingston. Their efforts help improve the care experience for women at KHSC.

Limestone City Car Club Brian Beatty and David Dick organized the first Limestone City Car Classic in September 2013, in memory of Brian’s daughter Melonie who passed away from melanoma at 35 years of age. The team of volunteers works tirelessly throughout the year to organize a first-class event that represents our city and improves health care locally. In 2019, this small but mighty committee raised $14,000, bringing their sevenyear total to almost $65,000 for the Melanoma Clinic at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. The event now attracts 400 vehicles and more than 2,000 visitors. It is their passion and commitment to raise awareness about melanoma that continues to “drive” this group forward.

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Honouring volunteers and philanthropists John (Jack) Keyes (pictured on the bottom right of the previous page.) Jack has been a long-time, loyal member of the UHKF and Kingston General Hospital (KGH) Foundation family. He gives often and generously, which allows KHSC to invest in programs and purchase vital equipment. Jack is also an Evergreen member, having included UHKF in his will, so his legacy of giving will live on. Additionally, he has funded a permanent endowment to honour his late daughter, Kathy. The annual income from this fund is used to pay for the little things that enhance the care experience for patients with mental illness, which are not covered by government funding. In 2019, Jack provided a matching gift for two direct mail campaigns to inspire others to give. He is passionate about supporting health care and is willing to celebrate his gifts in a way that inspires others to give.

The Ian Wilson Award for Volunteering in Fundraising

Michael Robinson (pictured on the bottom left on the current page) Michael Robinson is a caring, dedicated volunteer who has been actively involved in helping to shape the future of our health care through his various leadership roles with the KGH Foundation, UHKF Boards of Directors and UHKF Campaign team for more than 15 years. Michael is a very loyal supporter of our healthcare organizations and is a monthly donor who has been giving every year, for the last 28 years! As the Primary Executive of the Dr. Samuel S. Robinson Foundation, Michael has been influential in securing gifts in support of KHSC and Providence Care totaling over $1.1 million. Michael is a kind, caring individual who is passionate about our healthcare organizations and making a difference to the health care of our region. He is always willing to go the extra mile to help in our efforts to raise funds for KHSC and Providence Care.

The Sister Dorothy Fournier Award for Volunteerism

The Ian Wilson award was established in 2011 at the close of the “Together We Can” campaign to honour individuals who, like Ian Wilson, set themselves apart by their incredible commitment, their undying enthusiasm, and the sheer number of hours they devote to their volunteer roles on behalf of UHKF and our healthcare organizations. Recipients are volunteers who demonstrate outstanding efforts in the solicitation of donations benefitting our healthcare facilities through an event, organized campaign or informal activity.

This year, UHKF established the Sister Dorothy Fournier Award for Volunteerism to recognize the outstanding contribution of long-time UHKF volunteer, Sister Dorothy (“Sister D”). Each year, the award will be granted by UHKF to an individual, organization or community group who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer commitment by dedicating their time to UHKF in support of work efforts, event preparation and mission moments, all to benefit health care in Kingston. 6 | FALL 2020


Community support during covid-19 The University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF), Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Providence Care would like to thank everyone who stepped up during this healthcare crisis. We have been so fortunate in this community, and we see every day the generosity that lives here in Kingston. Our community supported our healthcare workers with donations of meal coupons, gift cards, personal care products, masks, hand sanitizer and so much more! Whether it was donations made directly to UHKF, donations of personal protective equipment, media support for our events and nurses week, your generosity knows no boundary. Thank you! You may have heard about the Frontline Fund, which was created to raise urgently needed funds in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. UHKF is one of more than 150 participating hospital foundations from coast to coast. The latest campaign for this fund is the Rogers Sports & Media Hearts and Smiles campaign. T-Shirts and masks that Rogers has created are being sold to support the Frontline Fund. Rogers is supporting the sales through its Shopping Channel platform and promoting it across 56 radio stations, 29 community stations, 23 conventional TV stations and hundreds of social media platforms. Canadians raised more than $800,000 through the Hearts and Smiles campaign! To all of you who have made donations directly to UHKF, we thank you! Every time you donate through UHKF, you invest in the health of our community. These investments help to ensure we continue to have world-class care, close to home.

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Stream-A-Thon for UHKF Whether you donated or watched the Stream-A-Thon (or both), we appreciate your support! Together, we raised $33,760 for Providence Care and Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC)! We couldn’t have done this without the generosity of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 115. Community support allows Providence Care and KHSC the ability to facilitate funding to the areas that need it the most. A huge thank you to Kingston’s Pure Country and 98.3 FLY FM for hosting the Stream-A-Thon for UHKF. Watch the replay of the Stream-A-Thon for UHKF on our YouTube channel.


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Kingston and Region Answers Call for Personal Protective Equipment When the pandemic began, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) and Providence Care were very quick to put guidelines in place for the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in our hospitals to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, because of issues with the global supply chain, it was clear more help was needed to protect patients, staff and the community on an on-going basis. As a result, KHSC and Providence Care appealed to the community for help in accessing further sources of PPE, working with strategic health system partner Shared Support Services Southeastern Ontario (3SO). “The response has been absolutely fantastic,” says Ann Van Herpt, Director of Supply Chain Services at 3SO.

“The community answered the call wholeheartedly and really stepped up. It’s been so valuable.”

their community, and valuing the work that their healthcare providers are doing to keep their loved ones safe.”

Local businesses raised money for PPE, and the community donated PPE to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation. The PPE was sorted by staff, then vetted and categorized by KHSC and Providence Care’s Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness, and Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) teams. Donations included over 60,000 masks for visitors as a form of source control at the hospital sites, as well as N95 masks, face shields, goggles and gloves.

There’s no doubt this incredible generosity and thoughtfulness from the community has been instrumental in helping KHSC and Providence Care overcome the difficult challenges that come with responding to a pandemic.

“I have no words to describe the impact the donors have had,” says Ann. “It’s clearly evident from the volume of donations that came in that there’s been a real sense of everybody looking out for

“As a supply chain leader in the healthcare sector, this has been the most challenging six months of my career, but it has also been the most rewarding,” says Ann. “Our hospital Leadership and Incident Command Teams have been absolutely stellar, but I think everyone appreciates and recognizes the value of the community donations.”

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