Community donations to Arnprior Regional Health’s COVID-19 efforts show “we are all in this together”

Community donations to Arnprior Regional Health’s COVID-19 efforts show “we are all in this together”

May 4, 2020 – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arnprior and area community continues to support Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) and its health-care workers with donations of needed personal protective equipment (PPE), other medical and non-medical supplies and meals for staff and physicians.

“When the health-care crisis began, our community immediately offered their support and asked how they could help our Hospital and Grove Nursing Home,” said Brad Hilker, Vice President, Support Services and Chief Financial Officer, ARH. “It’s been an incredible response during challenging times.”

Through the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation (ARHF), ARH has received approximately 40 community donations, to date. These includes thousands of PPE units, 15 staff and physician meals and more than a thousand home-made items (masks, headbands etc).

“We have received an outpouring of support from local residents and businesses,” said Victoria Holder, Registered Nurse, Emergency Department, Arnprior Regional Health. “Each donation is sincerely appreciated and means more than we can ever express. In a time when we are physically remaining apart, we are drawn together by our sense of community. Knowing there are people in our community who are generously supporting us truly resonates that we are all in this together.”

The ARHF team facilitates, coordinates and recognizes each community donation that continues to come in to support the ARH Team.

“It is overwhelming to hear and see the ARH staff and physicians’ dedication, innovation and hard work to make sure that patients and residents stay healthy and safely connected to their loved ones during COVID-19 – and this community wholeheartedly agrees,” said Ben Gardiner, Executive Director, Arnprior Regional health Foundation.  “Through speaking with community members, it is obvious they truly value what front-line workers are doing – and our generous community wants to help out, provide support and show their appreciation in any way they can.”

The ARHF continues to accept community donations in support of ARH’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, contact [email protected].

About Arnprior Regional Health

Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) is a progressive 105-bed organization that includes a fully accredited community hospital, nursing home, primary health care centre and extensive community programs. ARH is a regional hub with a strong history of providing exemplary care to the residents of West Ottawa, McNab/Braeside, Arnprior and Mississippi Mills. As your partner in health, ARH is committed to listening to and responding to meet the needs of those we serve, because together, we create a healthy community.

About the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation

The Arnprior Regional Health Foundation (ARHF) was founded in 2005 with a commitment to raise funds annually in support of the Arnprior Regional Health’s Hospital and Grove Nursing Home’s equipment needs, staff education and facility upgrades.  ARHF is currently focused on completing its Come Home to Great Care Campaign in support of the new and expanded Grove Nursing Home and the technology and equipment needs that ensure exceptional care can be accessed closer to home for more seniors in our community.

For more information:

Melissa McDermott

[email protected]