TORONTO, ON – April 15, 2020 – dentalcorp, Canada’s largest network of dental practices, announced today it has donated a substantial supply of gloves and surgical masks to two Toronto hospitals—The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and North York General Hospital—to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The donation was made in response to the nation’s urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPE) to support front-line healthcare workers in the battle against the virus. The scarcity of critical supplies in recent weeks—N95 masks in particular—has raised cause for concern among healthcare workers.
“As a healthcare company, providing safe and effective care to our communities is our utmost priority,” said Graham Rosenberg, dentalcorp’s Founder and CEO. “We are indebted to our brave healthcare practitioners who are working tirelessly on the front lines every day to help keep us safe. And we are committed to providing support in any way we can to help flatten the curve.”
“We are grateful to corporate leaders like dentalcorp for their continued commitment to improving child health, especially during these unprecedented times,” said Kevin Goldthorp, President and Chief Development Officer at SickKids Foundation. “Their generous donation of essential personal protective equipment supports ongoing measures for COVID-19 preparedness at SickKids and will help ensure that front-line staff can continue to provide the best possible care.”
“Leadership in times of crisis can take many forms and thinking beyond corporate self-interest is but one. This donation made by the dentalcorp team will directly support those on the front lines facing COVID-19, day in and day out,” said Terry Pursell, President & CEO of North York General Foundation. “Donations of PPE are essential to meet this crisis head on, and on behalf of the community we serve, we are profoundly grateful.”
In a bid to quell the spread of the virus, regulatory authorities across the country mandated dental practices to temporarily close their doors and pause all non-essential services, reserving treatment for emergency cases only.
With over 450 dental practices across Canada, dentalcorp is uniquely positioned to leverage its significant resources and relationships with suppliers to help support the healthcare industry during this turbulent time.
“We understand the dire need for personal protective equipment, and we are working diligently with our suppliers to secure more materials for local hospitals,” said Rosenberg. “We will continue to donate and offer our support as we work through this crisis together.”
Learn more about dentalcorp’s commitment to help fight the spread of COVID-19 here.
About SickKids Foundation
Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for SickKids – one of the world's foremost paediatric health-care institutions. Thanks to the generosity of the community, and as a result of a record-breaking year in fundraising, SickKids Foundation generated an unprecedented $159 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. For more information, please visit sickkidsfoundation.com.
About North York General Foundation
Constantly redefining what it means to be a ‘community hospital’, North York General is a multi-site acute, ambulatory and long term care network for our diverse community, an incubator for applied research, an innovation spring board in the health care landscape and destination for philanthropy. At North York General Foundation, we support raising and stewarding funds for our incredible Hospital. Building on the success of our $180 M ‘Campaign for North York General’, we are driving towards the future, planning and investing in programs and infrastructure that will transform how our Hospital is making a world of difference to our community and beyond. For more information, please visit nyghfoundation.ca.
dentalcorp is focused on acquiring and partnering with leading, growth-oriented general and specialist dental clinics across Canada. Our unique value proposition allows our dentist Partners to retain their clinical autonomy and professional independence while we inspire them to achieve ambitious personal and professional growth. Our unprecedented strategic insights and expertise place our Partners at the forefront of delivering optimal patient care.
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