The employees of OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center and OSF HealthCare/Northern Region, contributed $7,662.91 to local chapters of the Red Cross, Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army for their Hurricane Katrina funds.
Most of the funds collected were from employees who cashed in their paid time off/vacation time; others gave individual donations. Hospital employees also collected scrubs that were sent to health care providers in the areas affected by Katrina. Although the immediate aftermath of the storms has passed, we know there are still needs to be met that are associated with Katrina, David Schertz, OSF Saint Anthony CEO, noted. We hope these contributions help.
The contributions are in addition to a $150,000 donation from the corporate office of OSF HealthCare. That sum was equally divided among the national chapters of the three organizations.
In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the 52nd Annual Pink Ball, to be held Jan. 28, 2006, has been earmarked to assist a hospital in the disaster-affected area. The Auxiliary, sponsor of the Pink Ball, has selected Memorial Hospital in Gulf Port, Miss., to be the beneficiary of the funds. The hospital plans to use the money to replace monitored pediatric cribs that were damaged by wind and rain during the storms.
From the Dec. 7-13, 2005, issue