Staying connected has taken on a new level of importance during these challenging times, with social distancing measures necessary to keep us safe during pandemic. With these safety measures in place, staff at St Paul’s Hospital saw how important virtual connections were and realized some patients did not have access to phones or other devices. They reached out for help, asking for a donation of 10 mobile devices for the palliative care unit and a medicine unit. Bolt Mobile, a local a Saskatoon based SaskTel Authorized dealer, answered the call.
“We heard the stories from the staff about how patients were feeling and we decided to bridge the gap,’ said Bolt Mobile’s marketing director, Kevin Kindrachuk. “But after our initial donation, we knew there was much more we could do and so Operation Lifeline was born.”
Bolt Mobile launched its Operation Lifeline campaign and called out to the community to drop off their old, unwanted smartphones and tablets, promoting the need for these devices on Bolt Mobile’s website and social media channels. Devices came flooding into the business.
“Our community came through in spades,” said Kindrachuk. “Our repair department has been refurbishing these donated devices, packaging each in its own box along with a charging cable, charging block, and contact information for support. We are so pleased to be able to offer this service and make a difference in the lives of those who need new ways to stay connected with friends, families and health-care teams.”
To date, Bolt Mobile has refurbished and distributed more than 250 devices to over 40 health-care facilities across Saskatchewan, including long-term care facilities and hospitals. Operation Lifeline is also supporting patients by providing devices to those who need them to access virtual appointments at the Allan Blair Cancer Clinic, operated by the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency; Jim Pattison’s Children’s Hospital; and, Four Directions, a primary care clinic in Regina.
“Bolt Mobile has truly provided a lifeline to many throughout our province,” said Scott Livingstone, SHA CEO. “We are grateful for their support and their partnership. This Saskatchewan company is helping us maintain connections with our patients, and our patients and residents with their loved ones. This is another great example of our province’s generosity bringing us together while we have to stand apart.”
The Operation Lifeline campaign continues. Individuals or companies wanting to get involved can visit