The devastation in Texas has been enormous. The hospitals and health systems in Texas are under a tremendous strain. Many hospital employees were caring for patients and thinking of others even as their own lives were being greatly impacted by the storm. It is this dedication to their patients and community that sets health care professionals and the staff that support them apart. Now they need our support.
The Texas Hospital Association has established the THA Hospital Employee Assistance Fund to help hospital employees who experienced significant property loss or damage because of Hurricane Harvey. All funds will be used to directly assist hospital employees in Federal Emergency Management Agency-designated disaster areas; administrative services are being provided in kind so that 100 percent of donated funds will be used to assist hospital employees. AHA has contributed an initial $50,000 to get the fund started. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.tha.org/Harvey/ReliefFund. AHA is working with THA on other ways hospitals and health systems can assist their colleagues in Texas and will share more information when available.
Our thoughts are with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey.