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Dr. Vaidyanathan: Babies won’t wait to be born


May 4, 2020 - Hospital Family Story, Stories

“Babies will come into the world—pandemic or not—and we need to be prepared.” That was top of mind for Dr. Prema Vaidyanathan, Interim Site Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Etobicoke General Hospital, who recently donated in support of Osler Foundation’s Health Care Heroes Campaign, and is rallying the community and her peers to support the campaign as well. Funds raised will help purchase life-saving equipment such as ventilators, vein finders and vital signs monitors as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) for Osler’s health care workers.

“We are in an acute time of need where we need to come together with a common goal,” says Dr. Vaidyanathan, stressing the importance of having adequate PPE to protect staff and patients. “We do what is the safest for our patients in terms of providing first class care.”

As an OBGYN at Etobicoke General for more than 20 years, Dr. Vaidyanathan and her team have brought many new babies into the world and have supported numerous new moms within the community, including conducting surgeries and procedures for high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. She has also been an active supporter of Osler Foundation from participating in Foundation signature events to donating to Etobicoke General Hospital’s new patient tower.

“It is so important to support your hospital during this crisis,” she says. “There is no delaying babies from coming when they want to come and the team does everything possible to reassure new moms during these difficult times. It’s very inspiring.”

Now more than ever, your hospital needs your help. Vital life-saving equipment is needed to ensure that our hospitals can keep up with demand.