Health Canada approves Ottawa group solution for medical grade Face Shield Ottawa Senators Foundation launches $500,000 SHIELDING HEROES Campaign

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Health Canada approves Ottawa group solution for medical-grade Face Shield

Ottawa Senators Foundation launches $500,000 SHIELDING HEROES Campaign

OTTAWA – Front-line healthcare workers at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and other Ottawa and regional area hospitals are in desperate need of personal protective equipment (PPE) with face shields being in urgently low supply. The Ottawa Senators Foundation announced on Monday the launch of a $500,000 fundraising initiative to support a community-led “Shielding Heroes” campaign to ensure personal protective equipment of face-shield frames & face shields get to Ottawa-area and Eastern Ontario hospitals throughout the National Capital Region, beginning later this week, to ensure frontline healthcare heroes are shielded from COVID-19.

Dr. Anna-Theresa Lobos, Critical Care Physician and Medical Director of CHEO’s Medical Emergency Team, at CHEO, alerted local business leader Darcy Walsh of Edelman about the looming shortage of PPE for frontline health workers. Mr. Walsh assembled a group of local leaders from HP Canada, LEO Lab, and the Ottawa Senators Foundation and together they developed a made-in-Ontario solution by innovating a PPE Face Shield Frame & Face Shield design that was approved by Health Canada on Monday, April 6.

As a result of HP Canada mobilizing their Digital Manufacturing Partner Network to design, validate and produce essential parts for medical responders and hospitals during the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, LEO Lab was secured as the SHIELDING HEROES production partner for the medial grade PPE Face Shield Frames & Face Shields.

LEO Lab is a state-of-the-art custom orthotic production facility offering both traditional and 3D Printed devices. LEO Lab invested in the first HP MultiJet Fusion 3D Printer in Canada, enabling the company to bring innovation to the market place that hadn’t been seen before. LEO Lab will produce up to 500 PPE Face Shield units daily, 3,500 weekly, at a cost of $12. Each unit includes one (1) Face Shield Frame and three (3) Face Shields making SHIELDING HEROES very affordable at just $4 per use. Additionally, the 3D printed Face Shield Frame can be sterilized up to four times, driving cost down further as compared to disposable Face Shields which must be collected and disposed of (burned) as biohazard waste.

Weekly distribution of the PPE Face Shield Frames and Face Shields will support hospitals in the area as follows:

  • 2,000 to Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
  • 1,000 to one of the following Ottawa-area hospitals in a rotation: Bruyere Continuing Care Inc., Montfort Hospital, the Ottawa Heart Institute, the Ottawa Hospital, the Queensway-Carleton Hospital and the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group.
  • 500 to one of the rural-area hospitals in a rotation located in: Almonte, Arnprior, Carleton Place, Perth, Renfrew, and Smiths Falls.

The SHIELDING HEROES fundraising campaign has already received $250,000 of support from Alstom, Claridge Homes, Edelman, Horizant Solutions, HP Canada, Nautical Lands Group, Thistledown Foundation and the Ottawa Senators Foundation. The Ottawa Senators Foundation is inviting the community to join its fight against COVID-19 by ensuring that together we are SHIELDING HEROES on the frontlines within area hospitals as they provide care to so many.

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For more information, please contact:

Danielle Robinson, Ottawa Senators Foundation, [email protected]

Brad Weir, Ottawa Senators Foundation, [email protected]


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Article by Brad Weir

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