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IN IT TOGETHER: Kindness is a two-way street

Posted Jul 17th, 2020

IN IT TOGETHER: Kindness is a two-way street

Compassion in Action is one of the values that leads our work at Niagara Health. We treat each other well, but the compassionate and giving nature of our team members extends beyond the walls of our hospital sites. With the community’s outpouring of support over the last several months, our team members took action to repay that kindness.

Most recently, the medical team at our Welland Site paid it forward by donating $500 worth of gift cards to Woodlands of Sunset long-term care centre.

“The medical team at Welland Site greatly appreciates the kindness that was bestowed upon us through the pandemic and we recognize that through these challenging times, it feels just as good to give as it does to receive,” said Jacqueline Vlahos, Clinical Manager, Inpatient Medicine at the Welland Site. “With the impact that COVID-19 has had on the Long-Term Care (LTC) community, our team wanted to show support to our LTC partner, Woodlands of Sunset, and share the message that we are in this together.”

Team members at the Douglas Memorial Site also paid it forward to the LTC community by donating gift bags to staff at Maple Park Lodge and Crescent Park Lodge. Several units have made monetary and food donations to Project SHARE, including Douglas Memorial Site as well as the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit at Greater Niagara General Site. Their contributions totalled over $800.

“The community has been very generous to our frontline workers,” said Diane Belcamino, Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Greater Niagara General Site. “There are so many people that have fallen on hard times during the pandemic, so we wanted to find a way to give back.”

When we take a good deed and pay it forward, it helps inspire others to spread kindness. As we have witnessed, acts of kindness have the power to grow exponentially, benefiting people throughout our community.

Niagara Health System