This is among series of stories on Delta’s First Responders, a year after COVID-19 became a world-wide pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only meant a significant challenge for Delta Hospital, but its valuable support system too.
The Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation has brought the city together to rally behind front line workers during this unprecedented time while successfully adapting some of its key fundraising initiatives too.
“Last year, as COVID-19 cases quickly escalated, not only around the world but right here at home, our team at Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation stepped up immediately to galvanize our community to come together. We became a conduit between the Delta Hospital staff and the community who supported them through donations, in-kind support, Sirens at 7, and encouragement on social media,” said Lisa Hoglund, executive director for the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation.
Hoglund added the Foundation found a way to still fund COVID-19 related needs, along with priority medical equipment at a time when in-person events and meetings have been put on hold, while many granting organizations have shifted to focus only on the pandemic.
“The Delta Hospital COVID-19 Response Fund was launched, and our generous community ensured that all related needs were funded,” she said. “We also created two virtual events in place of our annual gala and golf events and we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our community. “I am truly proud of how our community stood together in difficult times and the role our Foundation played in keeping our community safe.”