Working closely with the support of our regional and community partners, team members have worked tirelessly to prevent the spread of COVID-19, cope with the impact of the virus and keep our community safe. In addition, they successfully implemented some major initiatives and celebrated key milestones in the move toward a new Windsor-Essex Hospitals System.
The following highlights are just a sample of the many accomplishments from this past year.
Initially, it was used to care for residents of Heron Terrace who tested positive for COVID-19 while relieving pressure on the long-term care home while staff there dealt with a devastating outbreak. It was later used as an assessment centre and now a vaccination clinic where the first local doses of the vaccine were administered.
The site has plenty of space for a pick-up and drop-off area and a 40-space vaccination space with a separate recovery area to ensure everyone is feeling okay before they head home.
In April, through the same process, WRH had the opportunity to help reduce the burden on patients, families, and hospital partners by accepting patients from other jurisdictions who needed our help.
In August, hundreds were tested at a drive-thru testing blitz held at the SportsPlex. WRH also worked with regional partners to offer mass testing for thousands of migrant workers and others in vulnerable settings.
In December, a new testing instrument called the GeneXpert allowed staff to start testing patients in the hospital and learn within an hour if they are carrying the COVID-19 virus.
The new technology means the procedure is done quicker, as an outpatient procedure, and is less painful for the patient.
This creation of the new Office of Research is an important building block in achieving this goal.
Office of Research Annual Review 2020-2021
This year, research teams at Windsor Regional Hospital received a total of $75,000 in WE-SPARK Igniting Discovery Grants to support several projects including the Collection and Evaluation of Potential Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 infections in Windsor Essex.
A new 50-50 monthly mega lottery licensed by the province of Ontario is proving to be an effective fundraising effort.
Our thanks to the very generous communities in Windsor and Essex County - we are grateful.
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