Not all heroes wear capes. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the real heroes wear scrubs. Never has there been a more crucial time to support our patients, doctors, nurses and employees at St. Margaret Hospital than in this COVID-19 pandemic. Arnie and I are running the St. Margaret Foundation Qurantine 5K - Virtual Run/Walk in support of them and ask for your help.
We all anticipated the advent of spring but instead we are facing a crisis. 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.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP DOCTORS, NURSES 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.
• We want to provide small grants to help with childcare expenses for children who would otherwise be in school.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP 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
You are free to accept or refuse to help our patients and employees in need but never has there been a more crucial time than now to help.
Stay safe and please be generous,
Mary Lee and Arnie
P.S. You are the angels for our patients and staff. Thank you.