2021 has once again been a challenging year. As the world continues to combat Covid we have been able to start finding a new normal because of the Covid Vaccine. We have all been going on with our lives, yet nurses and doctors have been left in the trenches to take care of Covid patients. Pediatric hospitalizations have been rising this fall. Ella Townsend, granddaughter of Louise H. Batz, shared her story with us:
“At the beginning of 2021, I got Covid 19. At first I thought I was going to feel fine, like a bad cold, but then it just kept getting worse and worse. I have never felt so bad in my life. It took weeks for me to recover. For months I would get out of breath playing lacrosse and basketball, so much so that I had to get an EKG to be cleared to play sports this fall. Going through this illness, I was so grateful to have my parents, doctors, coaches, and teachers all support me and I know first hand the importance of feeling empowered to ask for help. Covid is scary and you can have symptoms you don’t understand. It was really important for me to share them with my parents and doctors so that I could be treated properly. My hope is that all pediatric patients and families feel Empowered to help themselves and their loved ones when they are battling not only Covid 19 but any illness“
“I have always wanted to help my mom since I was little. I started the Empower Campaign in 2018 to honor my grandmother and to help my mom with the mission of the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation. I started raising awareness on the importance of patient safety and education by creating the “Empower Bands and, In 2020, we created Empower Masks“
“This Christmas we want to help not only empower parents and children on the importance of patient education and safety, we would like to help fulfill Christmas wishes children and families who can’t be home this Holiday season.
With your help we want to collect as many toys as possible to take to Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Methodist Children’s Hospital, and the Pediatric units at University Health System in San Antonio.”
Our goal with this campaign is to raise $10,000 to fulfill Christmas wishes for pediatric patients and their siblings. Many parents do not have time to shop or can not afford to shop while their child is in the hospital.
There are 2 ways you can help:
SHOP THROUGH AMAZON
Shop our Amazon Wish List and we will deliver the toys for you.
Donate to Ella’s Empower Campaign and we will shop for you!
Through Ella’s Empower Campaign we want to continue spreading awareness and empowering patients, families, doctors, and nurses to work together as a team to improve patient safety and education in our hospitals and communities.
2021 has brought new opportunities for the Batz Foundation to EMPOWER others:
- Since 2019 we have distributed over 2,000 masks and 2,000 Empower Bands across the country.
- We supported hospitals and healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic;
- We provided much needed art supplies to Dell Children’s Hospital;
- We continued building the Batz Foundation Europe; and established Batz Foundation South America
- We partnered with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation in their Unite for Safe Care Walk In Washington DC.
These past two years have shown us the importance of Ella’s mission to EMPOWER patients and families.
Why do we need to raise awareness? Each year 200,000 patients in US hospitals die because of preventable medical errors. Not only is it the third leading cause of death in the US but in addition to those 200,000, millions more are injured.
We can make a difference. Help us raise awareness by donating to our campaign. We hope you will consider supporting the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation with your End of Year giving.
Empower you to be part of a team
We want you to be a participant in your own care. We want to help you and your family know what to ask and when in order to make the most of each visit with your care providers.
Help you feel in control
The hospital experience can be scary and you can often feel out of control or out of the loop. We want you to be able to coherently discuss the details of past events and know exactly what you can do to help.
Encourage you to never give up
Sometimes it feels like too much to handle. We want to help you understand that you are not in this alone and that your team members and loved ones are depending on you.
Walk you through it step by step
We want help you understand what you can do at each step of the journey to take care of yourself or your loved one. What should you do next? What are the most important questions to ask the doctor? How can you make the most of your time when all you can do is sit and wait?
Talk to you like a human being
Hospital jargon is confusing and can make you feel detached from your care. You want to be spoken to like an individual so that you can better communicate with your team.