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Local hospital lands $150,000 matching donation from Morningview

May 7, 2020   ·   0 Comments

As Stevenson Memorial Hospital deals with added costs and financial uncertainty in the face of COVID-19, a local organization has stepped in to provide support.

The Morningview Foundation announced on Friday, May 1, that they will be doubling the impact of every donation made to the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation’s (SMHF) COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund, by matching them up to $150,000.

“We are so grateful for the overwhelming support that we’ve received from the Morningview Foundation in taking this leadership position,” said Tanya Wall, SMHF Executive Director. “I think it’s a brave decision as a foundation to step forward with a commitment like this when things are so uncertain for people.”

The donated funds help cover costs of equipment, supplies, and other priority needs as Stevenson fights the pandemic on the frontline.

“The Pandemic Response Fund was setup as a flexible fund for the hospital in order to provide them with resources, wherever they’re required, as they battle this pandemic on the frontlines,” explained Wall.

“There’s a lot of unknowns in a situation like this and we wanted to be able, as a Foundation, to give that flexibility to the hospital to put the money towards whichever urgent priority needs they may have,” she added.

Wall said with every donation now being matched dollar for dollar, she’s hoping to see more people chip in.

“I think that really helps to amplify the impact people can have with their donations,” she noted.

So far SMHF, has raised around $15,000 and Wall said she’s looking forward to when she can announce the full $150,000 has been contributed.

“To be able to then acknowledge the Morningview Foundation as they present that matching contribution – that’s going to be a really exciting day around here,” she said.

Meanwhile, SMHF’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Drive that was launched in late March has been successful in supplying the hospital as its required to battle COVID-19 safely.

“It’s been such a wonderful response from the community on the PPE front,” Wall said.

She said it’s not the Foundation’s primary concern at the moment, as it switches gears to focus primarily on the Pandemic Response Fund.

Although, the hospital will let the community know if and when there is a need for more PPE.

To date, the support from the community has been incredible, according to Wall.

“We’ve had such heartwarming letters come in with donations from folks in the community who are just so grateful for the team that’s here on the frontlines,” Wall said. “They’re grateful to know that their community is being well looked after.”

Going forward, Wall said the SMHF is planning an event that will help to keep the community informed.

It’s in a Town Hall format, where hospital staff provide information and answer any questions the community may have.

“We’re just trying to keep that dialogue open and celebrate the support that we’ve received,” Wall noted.

More details will be announced shortly.

By Sam Odrowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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