KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO, APRIL 23, 2020 – Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is joining the global ‘LightItBlue’ movement to honour and thank all essential workers in the North Grenville community.
Starting this evening, the garden at the front of the hospital will be bathed in the blue glow of floodlights in a tribute to the healthcare professionals and other essential workers who are risking their own health every day to keep the community safe and well.
Frank Vassallo, KDH’s Chief Executive Officer, noted that essential workers include first responders, grocery store clerks, bank tellers, people who work in drug stores, at gas stations, real estate agents, taxi drivers, and many more. “All of our essential workers deserve our heartfelt thanks for continuing to show up every day under the threat of being infected with the coronavirus,” he said. “This is just one way we can show our appreciation for their bravery during these unprecedented times.”
“As a small-town hospital with deep community roots, we wanted to honour not just our own staff and physicians on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, but all essential workers who are putting themselves in harm’s way each and every day,” continued Vassallo.
This is a collaborative initiative between KDH and the KDH Foundation, which supports high quality patient care at the hospital by funding priority medical, diagnostic and surgical equipment. The blue lights will illuminate the Foundation’s heart-shaped memorial stone garden and hand-crafted pergola.
“We embraced this idea as it gives us an opportunity to honour all essential workers including KDH’s frontline staff, such as nurses, doctors, and other clinical professionals, as well as non-clinical healthcare workers like our housekeeping, maintenance and dietary staff,” said the KDH Foundation’s Executive Director, Joanne Mavis.
She noted that in response to an outpouring of donations from the community the Foundation has established a KDH Staff Support Fund. Proceeds from this fund will be used to keep the hospital’s frontline and essential workers safe as they care for the community. Donations to this fund can be made online.
The ‘LightItBlue’ movement originated in the UK and spread to the United States and United Arab Emirates before being adopted in Canada and elsewhere in the world. Blue lights are illuminating bridges, towers, power plants, football stadiums and other landmarks across the globe every evening to recognize the ongoing efforts of frontline workers everywhere.