Palliative care society salutes hospital ‘superheroes’ with special signage

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN, PHOTO</p><p>Pedestrians walk by posted signage saluting hospital workers.</p>

Signage-centred salutes to employees at three South Shore hospitals have cropped up in recent weeks as a "thank you" to workers continuing the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's tough to send a message to them all, so it's something they would drive by to work everyday [that] might give them a little boost or cheer them up," said Trudy Johnson, chairwoman of the South Shore Hospice Palliative Care Society board.

Four of the markers were installed near South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater, and two each outside Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg and Queens General Hospital in Liverpool.

"Thank you to all of our superheroes fighting COVID-19," reads the sign's message.

The society pondered how to convey messages to all hospital workers - not just doctors and nurses - to show how valued and appreciated they are in a challenging time, Johnson told LighthouseNOW. The message also extends to others in the community who're providing "the best possible health care for the residents of the South Shore."

Conquerall Bank-based Spitfire Signage was contacted about the sign idea and agreed to donate materials and labour. The company also carried out the installation.

The society plans to brainstorm more messaging ideas when the group meets again, virtually.

Meanwhile, the society postponed a series of talks and fundraising events due to the pandemic, including the Laughter is the Best Medicine show. That's now slated for September 25.

Updates and other information can be found on the society's Facebook social media platform.

Anyone with questions about rescheduled events can call 902-688-2958 or email southshorehpcs@gmail.com.

The society established itself in 2018 and is working with the Nova Scotia Health Authority to secure designated palliative care beds in the Liverpool, Lunenburg and Bridgewater hospitals, with the bulk of them at South Shore Regional Hospital. The group also actively promotes the value of quality end-of life-care, and supports the establishment of a free-standing hospice.

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