New Orleans area hospital administrators from Touro Infirmary and Children’s Hospital in the Hurricane Katrina-devastated Orleans Parish recently expressed their gratitude to MultiCare employees for their donation of $162,000 in a letter shared with MultiCare staff.
Peter Peschke from Touro Infirmary said, “Thank you so much. Words cannot express how much this gift is appreciated and needed. This will go a long way with assisting our employees.”
Steve Worley from Children’s Hospital echoed those sentiments, “I am writing today to tell you how deeply we appreciate this wonderful donation. It is my understanding that these funds were contributed by your employees to help us provide care to the children of families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. I hope you will pass along to your employees our heartfelt thanks for their generous support during this difficult time.”
After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in late summer of 2005, the employees of MultiCare Health System, employees wanted to help in a substantial way. MultiCare administration encouraged employees to donate to this cause. Coupled with matching funds from MultiCare Health System, a total of $162,000 was raised.
In February 2006, MultiCare convened a task force to identify and recommend recipients of the funds. Task force members began contacting their New Orleans counterparts to determine where the need was greatest. They were moved by stories of hardship and recovery from the devastation. After hearing real-life stories of homes lost and lives destroyed, MultiCare employees realized that the people displaced by the hurricane were people not unlike themselves, so they decided the money should go to help their fellow health care workers.
After researching the current conditions of the health care infrastructure in the area, it was decided that Touro Infirmary and Children’s Hospital would receive these funds.
“Our task force members heard heart-wrenching stories of their colleagues still living in temporary housing and even in cars in some cases, and this was a staggering seven months after the storm,” said Sara Long, Philanthropy Executive for MultiCare. “Clearly, there is still a desperate need. The people we talked to are people just like us and we are honored and humbled to be of service to them.”