Welcome One to Welcome All: Supporting Indigenous Patients
Welcome One to Welcome All is a key value at both Grand River Hospital and the Foundation that relates to diversity, equity and inclusion. It includes, but is not limited to, valuing differences and all perspectives and welcoming and respecting the diversity of our patients, team members and partners. In alignment with Welcome One to Welcome All, Grand River Hospital Foundation has established an Indigenous Careship to help make health care more financially accessible for local Indigenous communities.
A careship is like a scholarship or bursary that provides financial support for patients receiving health care. The funds are provided directly to the patient and their family to help with the financial burden that can come with a health condition or new diagnosis and the expenses related to their care. These could be expenses like childcare during treatment or appointments, special foods or nutritional supplements, costs associated with travel to and from the hospital, delivered meals and more. By establishing resources like the Indigenous Careship, we hope to reduce barriers to care and enhance patient experience.
When you make a donation to the Indigenous Careship, you help enhance patient experience by easing the financial burden for those who are seeking care. You can also demonstrate your solidarity and support with a t-shirt or pin, and all of the proceeds from the sale will go directly to the Indigenous Careship.
If you are an Indigenous person receiving care who is looking to access financial support through the careship, visit http://grhf.ca/collections/indigenous-careship. Please fill out the form, and a member of the Foundation’s team will get in touch with you shortly to assist you.