(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.