CHP is one of Berkshire County’s leading healthcare organizations, playing an incredibly important role to the residents of Berkshire County during the COVID-19 pandemic. With virtually no time to prepare, CHP has pivoted quickly to continue to care for over 35,000 of Berkshire County residents during an unprecedented public health crisis. Quietly and humbly, CHP’s doctors and nurses are working around the clock to keep people out of the emergency room as they help to treat people in our community. Quite literally overnight, they have shifted staff and patients to mobile health, telehealth visits, and drive by parking lot/in car visits. And their scope is not limited to clinical care; their Family Services team is working day and night to provide food, clothing, and fuel assistance to families that simply don’t have access to these basic needs.
What CHP has achieved over the last 5 weeks is nothing short of remarkable. But it comes at a significant financial cost. CHP’s expenses are being pushed to the max even while their revenues have taken a nosedive. As a result, we’re all in danger of not being able to help our friends and neighbors at time when the need is at its highest. Without CHP, people will have no choice but to go to the ER or urgent care. This not only puts them at risk of contracting the deadly virus but puts a strain on our local hospitals and urgent care centers as the county approaches what is projected to be the peak of the pandemic.
COVID-19 is making many of us think about what is most important and how can we help? As board members and patients of CHP, we are keenly aware of the evolving situation and therefore we’ve decided to ask the public – the very community that CHP serves – for help. At a confusing and uncertain time like this, we believe that we can find comfort and strength in coming together – not physically, of course, but in solidarity. The beauty of this platform is that any amount of donation will help, and we can all feel empowered to support our local community.
CHP has been there for this community – both behind the scenes and on the front lines. Let’s show our gratitude by supporting the incredible doctors, nurses, and caretakers who are selflessly putting themselves at risk to ensure the health and safety of Berkshire County. Let’s help them help us, by giving them what they need so that they can continue to care for our parents, children, spouses, friends and neighbors.
Please consider making a donation if you are able and please share among your networks. We are all in this together, and together we will get through this.
With gratitude and appreciation,
Brian W. Drake