Ambassador Douglas Scott Proudfoot, Ambassador of Canada to South Sudan

Diplomat recovers from COVID-19 after ‘superb’ care at Etobicoke General

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2020 12:00 AM

As Ambassador of Canada to South Sudan, Douglas Scott Proudfoot has had his share of challenges. But none of them prepared him for a recent experience with COVID-19.

“I contracted COVID-19 while in Juba, South Sudan,” he explains, “although truthfully I’m not sure how. We were all working from home for the most part, with very few in-person meetings – but inevitably in diplomatic work you eventually come into contact with people.”

When he began to feel ill, his symptoms “escalated fairly quickly,”...

(l-r) Sukhdeep Kang, CEO, Armour Insurance Brokers Ltd. and Rupinder Hayer, President, Armour Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Osler Foundation announces $5 million fundraising goal for essential health care needs

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:00 AM

New matching gift from Armour Insurance Brokers Ltd. helps inspire community

William Osler Health System Foundation (Osler Foundation) has met its $2.5 million fundraising goal in support of William Osler Health System (Osler) and its response to COVID-19. Osler’s staff and physicians—our community’s Health Care Heroes— are continuing to care for all those who need them, through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

As Osler hospitals begin to resume operations in a phased approach, critical pieces of...

Patient using a device for a virtual chat with their physician

Expanded virtual care helps more patients receive care at home

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:00 AM

The Smart phones, tablets and computers many of us use to connect with family and friends are also being used to deliver safe, confidential virtual care to Osler patients in the comfort of their homes. Virtual care isn’t new to Osler, but since the pandemic began, Osler has expanded its virtual care offering and is now available in more than 20 outpatient clinics and services.

“Virtual care helps reduce the need for some patients to come to the hospital or visit a clinic while ensuring they can confidently...

Oncology patient, Jane Esodo stands with Wendy Edwards, Nurse Practitioner with Osler’s Nurse Led Outreach Team, Joan Reid and Loretta Manful, Geriatric Emergency Medicine Nurses at Brampton Civic Hospital

Hospital nursing team serves seniors in long-term care

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:00 AM

After receiving a lung cancer diagnosis at 80, Jane Esodo and her family decided it would be best for her to move to a long-term care home to receive the support she needed. But when Jane’s daughter, Rossana, helped her move there in early February, she didn’t realize how much more her mom’s life would change. Within just days of settling her mom into the residence, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and stringent visitor restrictions were put in place to protect the health and safety of residents.

“I went...

Dr. Humaira Saeed holding digital devices used for virtual visitation

Virtual connections: Keeping patients and families in touch

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:00 AM

There is much more to a hospital visit than meets the eye. When family members visit their loved ones, they are ‘there’, being present to receive updates, share information, provide personal care, and offer relationship and psychosocial support. They help their loved ones remain connected with their identity and what is most unique and meaningful to them.

During times like these, when hospitals have necessary visitor restrictions in place to protect the health and safety of patients and health care...