2020 has been a challenging year. Like so many others, Ella Townsend, granddaughter of Louise H. Batz, and her sister Mary Louise had to stop going to school, seeing friends and family, and participating in all of the sports they loved because of the deadly COVID-19 Pandemic. Ella shared her story with us:
“I never believed that this could happen to not only our country but the world. We thought it would just be for a few weeks, but those weeks turned into months and months. During that time I realized how much I loved and missed being in school. I missed being so much being a part of team and playing the sports I love. I was so happy when I got to go back to school in October. Wearing a mask makes me feel Empowered because it helps protect my teachers and friends so that I can be in school and not learning online by myself in my room at home, I can protect my fellow teammates on the court or field, and I can protect my family and members of our community. It is so important for all of us to wear our masks and feel Empowered to do so.”
“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.”
“This year, we wanted to expand on this idea and create an EMPOWER Mask. We all need to EMPOWER each other so we can protect one another from COVID-19. We will get past this deadly virus if we all help each other and EMPOWER each other to be safe. Our goal with this campaign is to raise $10,000 so that we can create more bands and masks to continue spreading awareness. We want to EMPOWER patients, families, doctors, and nurses to work together as a team to improve patient safety and education in our hospitals and communities.”
The COVID-19 Pandemic has shown us the importance of Ella’s mission to EMPOWER. For our 2020 End of Year Campaign, we are sharing the EMPOWER masks to raise awareness of preventable medical errors.
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.
Our goal with this campaign is to raise $10,000 dollars so that we can:
- Create more EMPOWER masks and share them in our communities
- Make sure that every patient that goes into hospital or every family member who has a loved one that goes to the hospital knows that they are EMPOWERED to ask questions and to feel that they are part of their healthcare team.
We can make a difference. Help us raise awareness by donating to our campaign. For every donation of $50 or more, we will send you two masks. Let’s show the world that we are EMPOWERED. we can make a difference and stop the spread of COVID-19 and support patients, doctors, nurses, and essential workers who are fighting this virus every day.
Our friends at Paloma Blanca Enterprises have agreed to match, on a 1:1 basis, each of the first $5,000 in gifts we receive until the end of the year. Please donate today so your dollars can go further in helping promote patient safety!
We hope you will consider supporting the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation with your End of Year giving. 2020 has been tough on many nonprofits this year, and the Batz Foundation is no exception. As many of you know, we rely on our annual fundraisers Bingo de Mayo and Game Night to help fund our yearly budget. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to cancel our live events. As a result, we are facing a shortfall heading into 2021. As you plan your end of year giving this year, please consider a gift to the Batz Foundation!
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.