COVID-19 Update

Dear University Hospital Foundation family and supporters,

As you know, the University Hospital Foundation has a history of helping people in need — thanks to you, our incredible donors.

However, we’ve never experienced a time quite like the one that we — as an organization, as a community, as a society — face today.

And that’s why, now more than ever, I’m asking for your continued support so that we can provide, at a moment’s notice, funding for equipment, supplies and other requirements that the heroic frontline doctors and medical staff members at the University of Alberta Hospital site need to protect vulnerable patients, and the lives of the anticipated surge of patients with symptoms of COVID-19.

The University Hospital Foundation is already doing what we can to contain the spread of the virus by following guidelines set out by Alberta Health Services (AHS).

  • To ensure the safety of our patients, healthcare workers, donors, and staff, we are working remotely where appropriate and are available by phone, email and via social media channels.
  • Handwashing and social distancing measures will help us minimize the spread of the virus so all of our events over the next three months have been postponed for the foreseeable future.
  • To stay engaged with our very generous community of donors and partners, while respecting the health and wellbeing of everyone, we’ll be conducting more interactions over the phone and exploring new ways to connect and collaborate.

Your generosity in the past has equipped the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute (Maz) with advanced life support equipment, which could play a vital role in treating the most critically ill COVID-19 patients. The cardiovascular intensive care unit at the Maz is the second-biggest program in the country by volume.

What we are asking for now are contributions to emergency needs to support unexpected expenses that are sure to soar over the months ahead.

On behalf of University Hospital Foundation, thank you for playing a critical role in advancing the future of healthcare in Alberta and around the world. With our shared commitment and compassion at this time, we will continue to be there for those who needs us most.



Dr. Jodi L. Abbott, ICD.D
President and CEO
University Hospital Foundation
Donate online at, call our main line 780-407-7007 or by cheque made out to University Hospital Foundation at:
University Hospital Foundation
1H1.91 WMC, 8440 – 112 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7

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