SIOUX FALLS , SD. (KELO) — Sanford Health employees have donated more than $1 million for colleagues facing financial hardship related to COVID-19. The Sanford Health Foundation announced the milestone on Monday, just three weeks after starting the initiative.
“We are family here,” Bobbie Tibbetts, president of the foundation, said in the news release. “This is how family pulls together in crisis and comes out stronger. We lift each other up so we can do what we’re called to do — to care for our patients and communities, together, now and always.”
Dollars raised benefit the Foundation’s Enterprise Employee Crisis Fund, which supports Sanford and Good Samaritan Society employees struggling to meet basic needs due to extraordinary and unexpected circumstances.
Since early April, 438 employees have received assistance, with 97 applications currently under review or pending, and more submitted every day. Any employee may apply to receive up to $1,000 in assistance. Applications remain anonymous and are reviewed by a committee of peers representing all regions of Sanford Health and the Good Samaritan Society.
Tibbetts said 100% of the donations get returned to employees for assistance with items including food and clothing.
In addition to the Employee Crisis Fund, the Foundation has launched an Emerging Threats Fund to support Sanford’s response to COVID-19 and other health care threats. Funds are directed to areas of greatest need, like helping purchase personal protective equipment for front line responders or supporting enhanced training to in skills staff needs to meet changing needs.
To learn more about giving to the Sanford Health Foundation in support of front line responders and health care staff, see sanfordhealthfoundation.org/Covid19.