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OSF HealthCare has launched a Pandemic Response Fundraising campaign to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
OSF has taken measures to respond to the outbreak, including the launch of digital solutions that can educate and screen individuals for the virus at home.
“We know it’s going to take a team effort to ensure that we have every resource available for our communities to stay ahead of COVID-19,” said Bob Sehring, Chief Executive Officer, OSF HealthCare, in a press statement. “Together we can face this virus with innovation, courage and faith — knowing The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis are praying daily for every one of us.”
OSF HealthCare is using the power of crowdsourcing to fund models of care. The goal is to be able to respond to those who are suffering from the virus while still maintaining the ability to care for those coming into the organization’s health care facilities with other serious conditions. OSF HealthCare also wants to keep members of the care team safe so they can continue providing care.
“There are many people out there asking how they can help during this difficult time,” said Tom Hammerton, President, OSF HealthCare Foundation, in a press statement. “We wanted to give them an easy way to make a difference for those we serve and our Mission Partners bravely working each day against the virus.”
The Pandemic Response Fundraising campaign offers the public three projects they can fund:
Pandemic Digital Response Hub: Supports a multi-pronged effort using digital and mobile technology to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.This includes the ability to treat patients in their homes with the same level of care and expertise they would get in a more traditional hospital setting.
Pandemic Health Workers (PHWs): Support deploying PHWs outside the wall of OSF HealthCare to care for individuals in their own homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes specialized training, the purchase of mobile health equipment and transportation.
Crisis Support: Provides general relief directly to OSF HealthCare Mission Partner (employees) who are on the front lines and continue to face COVID-19 daily. This includes child-care assistance and securing more personal protective equipment.
People can access the OSF HealthCare Pandemic Response Fundraising page at https://www.osfhealthcare.org/innovation/funding.