(Austin – Sept. 6, 2017) Texas hospital employees affected by Hurricane Harvey and the resulting flooding in Southeast Texas and the Gulf coast will benefit from a $1 million contribution by the Texas Hospital Association.

On Aug. 28, THA announced the development of a hospital employee assistance fund, which immediately began drawing donations from hospitals, corporations, and independent supporters across the country. The THA donation complements those from other hospital associations, including a $50,000 contribution from the American Hospital Association.

THA’s board of trustees allocated the funding following the recommendation of Ted Shaw, THA president/ CEO.

“Throughout the storm and the days following, we witnessed firsthand the dedication of our health care workforce,” Shaw said. “Many of these individuals stayed committed to their work knowing their families and property were at risk. “While hospital administrative personnel, nurses and other staff train for unspeakable disasters like Hurricane Harvey, their preparation and focus ensured the safety and continued operation of facilities even as the waters rose and the lights went out. Now, it’s time for us to take care of the caregivers.”

Eligibility for assistance is limited to hospital employees working in the disaster areas designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Texas hospitals and the thousands of providers in Southeast Texas have been working around the clock since Aug. 24 as Hurricane Harvey grew in strength and made landfall in Rockport. Despite the strain put on facilities and the health care workforce in the Greater Houston metro area and the Gulf coast, the industry has proven a resilience made possible by years of preparation, training and investment.

More information is available at www.tha.org/harvey.



Lance Lunsford, vice president, strategic communications
Email: llunsford@tha.org
Twitter: @lancelunsford

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Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents 452 of the state’s non-federal general and specialty hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 369,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/texashospitals.