Helping Hospitals Recover from Natural Disasters

SCHA Affiliate South Carolina Hospital Research and Education Foundation Donates Money to Community Hospitals Recovering from Hurricane Matthew and the Appalachian Wildfires

This has been a year full of natural disasters, both for our state and for others around the nation. Even as we continue recovery efforts from the damage wrought by Hurricane Matthew, we also watch the tragic devastation of wildfires in Eastern Tennessee that have wreaked havoc on small Appalachian communities.

 

Here at SCHA, we know the importance of hospitals in such trying times. Hospital staff, along with police and fireman as first responders, are critically necessary during such emergencies, leaping into action to help those affected while also serving as pillars of comfort and safety in an uncertain environment. South Carolina hospitals’ responses to Hurricane Matthew proved as much, with healthcare organizations across the state collaborating and working together to transfer patient populations and provide quality care in the face of flooding, structural damage, and loss of electricity and running water.   

 

It’s also worth remembering that hospital staff are often victims of these disasters at the very same time that they are doing a hero’s work. Many suffered significant property damage or struggled to balance caring for endangered family members with their duty and desire to serve their institutions. With the tremendous sacrifice of hospital workers in mind, the South Carolina Hospital Research and Education Foundation, an SCHA affiliate, has donated $1000 to the LeConte Medical Center Assistance Fund in Eastern Tennessee to combat the impact of the wildfires; $500 to the Marion County Recovery Aid Fund; and $500 to the Town of Nichols Disaster Recovery, a community hit particularly hard by Hurricane Matthew. 

 

If you would like to support any of these endeavors as well, the contribution mailing information is below:

 

LMC Employee Assistance Fund

c/o Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation

LeConte Medical Center

744 Middle Creek Road, Ste. #206

Sevierville, TN  37862

 

Marion County Recovery Aid Fund

In care of:  Anderson Brothers Bank

PO Box 310

Mullins, SC  29574

 

Town of Nichols Disaster Recovery

In care of:  Anderson Brothers Bank

PO Box 310

Mullins, SC  29574