EDGEWOOD, Ky. (March 20, 2012) — Since launching an internal campaign last week to help victims of the tornados that came through Northern Kentucky on March 2, St. Elizabeth Healthcare has raised $75,000 toward the tornado relief fund. St. Elizabeth associates donated more than $37,000 in just over a week, with an average donation of more than $100. Included in the donations were two separate $2,000 gifts from the Florence and Ft. Thomas Auxiliaries, which are fundraising arms of the hospitals.
St. Elizabeth initially offered to donate up to $25,000 from the healthcare system in a dollar-for- dollar match for the campaign. The overwhelming response from associates prompted the healthcare system to increase its pledge to match every dollar that was donated. The combined amount for the relief fund of $75,000 will be sent to the local chapter of the American Red Cross, which is delivering assistance to those in need as a result of this disaster.
In addition to the fund, St. Elizabeth Physicians (SEP) had 40 associates volunteer to go to one of the area’s hardest hit sites last weekend. SEP associates have also donated food, water, clothing and other much needed supplies. The week following the storm, several SEP office sites expanded access and increased hours of operation to help accommodate prescription re-order and appointment needs.
“The quick response from our associates to help our community has been amazing,” said John S. Dubis, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “A time of crisis may be trying for everyone involved, but it also creates an opportunity for people to help their community. I am very proud of the overall generosity and caring from our associates.”
St. Elizabeth Healthcare operates six facilities throughout Northern Kentucky—St. Elizabeth Covington, St. Elizabeth Edgewood, St. Elizabeth Falmouth, St. Elizabeth Florence, St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas, and St. Elizabeth Grant. It also has vast resources to serve the Greater Cincinnati area, including almost 1,200 licensed beds, a physician organization which includes 62 primary care and specialty office locations, more than 1,200 physicians with admitting privileges, more than 7,300 associates including St. Elizabeth Physicians, and three freestanding imaging centers. St. Elizabeth Healthcare is sponsored by the Diocese of Covington and provided more than $83 million in uncompensated care and benefit to the community in 2010.