We all anticipated the advent of spring and running in the Brian Demchak 5K but instead we are facing a pandemic. Brian Demchak and his mother, Marie Louise (Tina) Demchak, made it a family tradition to run in the Foundation’s 5K until Brian passed away in 2016 at the age of 57.
You’re at home with cabin fever worried that you will contract the coronavirus, watching dreadful news reports and a tanking stock market. Our employees are here at the hospital worried that the country isn’t equipped with enough protective personal protective equipment to prevent their exposure, they might carry the virus home to their families, and the hospital won’t be able to accommodate the number of patients who need help.
HOW YOUR GIFT HELPS DOCTORS, NURSES, PATIENTS and EMPLOYEES: St. Margaret Foundation is dedicated to supporting our staff who don’t have the luxury of working remotely and are on the frontline for our patients 24-hours a day while they now struggle with unforeseen childcare issues due to closed daycare centers and schools.
We hope to provide temporary housing and meals for our doctors, nurses and employees who would be treating COVID-19 patients and don’t want to return home to spread the virus to their families.
We have already provided up to 500 boxed lunches for our devoted employees whose children would otherwise be at school and are at home. With schools now closed until mid-April we want to continue this. One employee told us that this assistance frees her from worries about home while she’s trying to focus at work.
We want to provide meals for our EMS partners who are on the frontline with the same concerns and challenges.
HOW YOUR GIFT HELPS PATIENTS: With the COVID-19 crisis the hospital is expecting many patients to be admitted with needs outside of covered care such as:
Medication not covered by insurance
Family needs and lodging for loves ones from out of town
Items from our food pantry upon discharge and transportation home
Bedding for people sent home confined to a hospital size bed