When COVID-19 swept through Washington, Virginia Mason’s team was ready to help fight it. We established a 24/7 command center to coordinate our response to the community’s needs. As the rest of the city shut down, our doctors and nurses rushed to the frontlines. Since March, they’ve been working tirelessly to contain the virus and give our patients the care they need.
But providing this care is expensive, and the requirement to pause many hospital operations at the peak of the pandemic created a huge financial gap. Thankfully one of our long-term partners, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation stepped in, with a generous donation of $500,000. These funds were from the Hearst Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which totals over $50 million and has delivered via grants to more than 100 organizations nationwide — including Virginia Mason.
“Our hope is that it not only provides more resources, but also reflects the confidence and pride that we have in [each organization’s] critical work,” the organization says.
Generous support including this significant grant from Hearst Foundation have fueled our COVID response, enabling us to provide expert care across our health system. This includes expanding telehealth services, funding vital COVID research and upholding the highest safety standards.
“This tremendous investment from the Hearst Foundation has made a significant impact and helped us navigate this crisis,” says Virginia Mason Foundation President Jeanne Jachim. “We are grateful for their continued partnership and for standing with us as through the challenges of this pandemic and the ongoing health needs of our patients and community.”