Nurse who worked at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga dies of COVID-19

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A registered practical nurse (RPN) who looked after patients at Trillium Health Partners (THP) in Mississauga has died of COVID-19.

On April 9, both THP and the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (WeRPN) released statements about the RPN's passing.

Neither organization identified her or revealed which hospital she worked in. 

"It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of a member of our team, a nurse, at Trillium Health Partners this week due to COVID-19," Victoria Bettencourt, Senior Communications Advisor, THP, said in an email to insauga.com

"Our collective thoughts are with her family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. Her loss is deeply felt by all of us at THP." 

In a statement posted on its website, the WeRPN said it's "extremely saddened" by the RPN's passing. The organization called her a passionate nurse who was "dedicated to always going above and beyond to deliver the best care possible" over the course of her 13-year career.

The WeRPN said the nurse worked in an acute care setting, working across different practice areas as a member of clinical resource and mental health teams. 

The organization said she was described by colleagues as a "bright light" who left a lasting impression on all those she worked with. 

"This RPN's untimely death is a tragic loss for Ontario's nursing community and a terrible reminder of the devastating impacts of COVID-19. WeRPN would like to express sincere condolences to this nurse’s family, friends, co-workers, and patients whose lives she impacted," the organization said in a statement. 

Earlier this year, another RPN, 57-year-old Maureen Ambersley, died after contracting COVID-19. 

Ambersley worked at the Extendicare nursing home in Mississauga. 

"Our colleague was a stellar, hardworking nurse who had a passion for nursing and making a difference," Bettencourt said. 

"Her memory and legacy is one of compassion, dedication and service to others. Her legacy will live on through her wonderful family and each of us who has had the honour to serve with her." 

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