Honouring our Frontline Heroes


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Humber River Hospital is lighting new ways in healthcare, combining cutting-edge technology with next-level compassion.

Humber River Hospital is lighting new ways in healthcare, combining cutting-edge technology with next-level compassion.

Between the emergence of the Delta variant and readjusting to post-pandemic life, Canada’s healthcare system is facing challenges it has never seen before.

This means that our healthcare heroes are facing a constantly changing battleground—but even so, they continue to bring their A-game to every patient, and that resilience is part of what makes their efforts so important.

“I’m so proud and grateful for our teams at Humber,” says Barb Collins, President & CEO at Humber River Hospital. “Yes, they are exhausted after 18 months, and just like the rest of us they want this pandemic to be over once and for all—but they are truly resilient. Going into a fourth wave of the pandemic is not something any of us want, and it’s going to take all of us coming together to make it through.”

The good news is that while these problems may be complex, they are not unsolvable. Humber River Hospital works to pioneer new ways to improve patient outcomes, using leading technology to provide healthcare workers with the tools they need to deliver excellent care.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel, and with vaccinations continuing to roll out in record numbers, our Hospital is looking forward to a bright post-pandemic future,” Barb continues. “One of the projects I’m most excited about is HEALIX™—a Humber-created, medical-grade social network that allows everyone to talk with their doctors, book appointments, track their care and monitor symptoms right from the palm of their hand in their own homes. This will decrease the number of people coming to the Hospital, so that space is saved for only the most acute patients and is readily available to pivot during times of crisis—like a pandemic.”

Jim Cuddy © Photo Courtesy of Humber River Hospital Foundation
Tyrone Edwards © Photo Courtesy of Humber River Hospital Foundation
Chantal Kreviazuk © Photo Courtesy of Humber River Hospital Foundation

As we navigate our post-pandemic world, Humber River Hospital has many projects in the works that will utilize technology to build a more resilient future while lighting new ways in healthcare. In the meantime, we can share positivity by looking back at how Canadians came together throughout the last year and a half to share support, words of encouragement, and help in any way possible.

“Our donors have been by our side right from the start of the pandemic. From donations to offering deliveries of food, treats, transportation and other surprises, the people of Humber’s community have fueled the fight against this tenacious virus,” shares Sandra Sualim, President & CEO of the Humber River Hospital Foundation. “The idea for A Concert for Humber Heroes really came from an outpouring of messages and requests from our donor community who wanted to give thanks, give back and support our Hospital while having fun at the same time! It’s our way of honouring our brave Humber doctors, nurses and staff who continue to work so hard for all of us.”

The tribute concert, hosted by Tyrone Edwards from Etalk, will be held in honour of our Humber Heroes. The virtual show is available to stream online, anywhere, and from any device.

“I’m looking forward to all the celebrity performances, but what’s really special is that we also have some Humber talent performing that night.” Sandra adds. “Across the Board features orthopaedic surgeons Dr. Jacqueline August and Dr. Martin Heller and the Ault Sisters are the daughters of Dr. Lisa Chiang!”

In addition, every Humber Hero will receive a special Cozy Kit filled with treats to warm the body and soul—our gift of thanks to them as they watch the show from home or during a break in their shift. Funds raised will support ongoing COVID-19 response efforts at Humber River Hospital and future priorities for the North West Toronto community that the Hospital will focus on post-pandemic.

On Thursday, October 7, 2021, let’s share the love, give them our thanks, and show the heart and humanity of a community that they have so bravely fought to save.

Get your free ticket and donate to support our heroes at hrhfoundation.ca/concert

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