When the unthinkable happened in March of 2020, St. Peter’s Hospital quickly pivoted to provide the safest and highest quality of care, during the darkest of days of the pandemic.
It became evident, very quickly, the need for St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation to recalibrate its focus to adequately support the Mercy Mission. As the entire world changed, so did the role of philanthropy. Campaigns for cutting edge technology and capital improvements were swiftly replaced with efforts to raise funds for vital needs, such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a frontline nutritional program, and safe lodging for our clinical care staff.
The overwhelming generosity of our donors, from day one, allowed St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation to comprehensively support and care for the healthcare heroes at St. Peter’s Hospital. Through the COVID 19 Emergency Response Fund, which inspired the generosity of more than $2 Million in charitable contributions, positioned the SPH Foundation to purchase critical PPE, including 300,000 N95 masks, at a time when the supply chain around the world was desperately low.
Further, the Foundation managed and secured donations of over 5,400 meals, provided to our staff who were unable to leave their unit due to the overwhelming patient volume.
At the height of the pandemic, our staff found themselves terrified at the potential of bringing home the Coronavirus to their loved ones. Staff were in search of alternate lodging options, some sleeping in their cars. Through the generous and thoughtful collaboration with SEFCU and BBL Construction, and support from CDPHP and MVP, The Hilton Garden Inn, located a few blocks from St. Peter’s Hospital, was transitioned into a respite hotel for frontline healthcare workers in our Region. , Coined “Heroes Landing,” our doctors, nurses and other medical professionals received, a private room at no cost.
St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation remains grateful for the generosity of our donors, partners and our community, to allow us to continue to advance our mission, especially now.