CORONAVIRUS: Foundation OKs $640K in grants, capital support for virus expenses

Mercy Health Foundation-Cincinnati has approved the distribution of up to $640,000 in grants and capital support for COVID-19 expenses that Mercy Health has incurred. Pictured is Mercy Health-Fairfield Hosptial. FILE

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Mercy Health Foundation-Cincinnati has approved the distribution of up to $640,000 in grants and capital support for COVID-19 expenses that Mercy Health has incurred. Pictured is Mercy Health-Fairfield Hosptial. FILE

In response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Mercy Health Foundation-Cincinnati has approved the distribution of up to $640,000 in grants and capital support for COVID-19 expenses that Mercy Health has incurred.

A $200,000 impact grant approved by the foundation will support Mercy Health hospital associates in Cincinnati. It will cover the cost of hotel accommodations that help hospital workers reduce the risk of exposing their families to COVID-19. Additionally, through the grant, managers at each hospital and medical center will have a variety of gift cards from local businesses that they can use to reward associates going above and beyond their normal job duties during this time.

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Additionally, Mercy Health Foundation approved to distribute up to $440,000 to purchase materials that contribute to the safety of patients and care teams. Funds will go toward the purchase of eight ultraviolet germicidal machines that use ultraviolet light to disinfect and clean rooms in approximately five minutes.

“We are very grateful Mercy Health Foundation-Cincinnati’s thoughtful and generous support,” Mercy Health Cincinnati President Dave Fikse said in a release. “The funds they are distributing will have a significant positive impact on our care teams and our ability to care for patients through this pandemic.”

Mercy Health Foundation-Cincinnati President Jon Labbe said the gift to Mercy hospitals is “the direct result of the generosity of our donors.”

“Everyone in our region is facing this pandemic and responding in very personal ways. In such an uncertain time, one certainty is the giving spirit of our community,” Labbe said. “I’m so thankful that we can apply the gifts we’ve received to such important needs.”

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Mercy Health Foundation has established a Relief Fund to support needs of the ministry. Donors can direct their gift to assist their local Mercy Health hospital and health care workers in their area. For questions or to make a gift by phone, call 800-999-2744 or visit foundation.mercy.com/covid-19.

Mercy Health-Cincinnati is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, one of the 20 largest health systems in the United States and the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the country. It continues to receive offers from organizations and community members seeking to donate supplies in response to the COVID-19 supply shortages facing health care systems across the country.

Community members who have supplies they want donate or are aware of people in the community looking for places to donate may email APRush@bshsi.org using the subject line “DONATION” or call 888-383-8000 for information on how to donate.

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