New York City Health & Hospitals said Friday that it has raised more than $20 million to assist healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. That includes $12.7 million in new funds from nearly a dozen donors.
Goldman Sachs contributed $500,000; BNP Paribas, $400,000; and Advent International, $300,000. The money is being used to purchase scrubs, meals, transportation and hotel rooms for frontline workers, the health system said.
Relief funds also will support an existing Health and Hospitals program that has ramped up in response to the crisis: Helping Healers Heal. The program includes trained peer-to-peer teams of health care personnel. As the pandemic continues, it's even more important to provide emotional and psychological resources to staff in addition to tangible aid, the health system said.
Additionally, donations will bolster the health system's stock of wellness items, such as supplies for yoga, meditation and aromatherapy.
"We are extremely grateful to those who have donated generously in monetary donations and in-kind valuable goods," Dr. Eric Wei, vice president and chief quality officer at Health and Hospitals, said in a statement. "We are equally grateful to the more than 8,800 supporters who have donated to our Network for Good page."
"NYC Health & Hospitals secures nearly $13M for frontline workers" originally appeared in Crain's New York Business.