Impact of Employee and Physician Giving

Safe Travels

Maria, a Washington D.C. resident, was visiting Detroit for a funeral when she suddenly became disoriented and weak, worrying her family. They took her to Henry Ford Hospital, which found that she had gangrene and a dangerous skin infection, requiring her to stay in the hospital for nearly a month. After her health improved, she was transferred to a hospital closer to home in D.C., where her family would be able to visit her more often. There was a problem, though: Maria was uninsured and unemployed, and therefore unable to afford the medical equipment that would allow her to get to the airport safely to go home.

The Tom Groth Patient Medical Needs Fund helped Maria purchase a wheelchair with removable arms and an elevated leg rest, which ensured a safe trip to D.C. This incredible gift enabled Maria to travel home safely—and to receive the support she needed from her family to get better.

A Place to Call Home

When Chelsea, a Henry Ford Health System employee, was going through a divorce, she found herself stretched thin. After her husband moved out of their home, she was responsible for paying all of their rent until she could figure things out. Tragically, as she was dealing with the separation, her father passed away, leaving her overwhelmed with funeral and legal bills on top of her rising rent.
Thankfully, the Bob and Sandy Riney Helping Hands Fund, which supports HFHS colleagues, volunteers, and retirees in times of need, stepped in just in time. Chelsea was provided with two months’ rent so she could get back on her feet. This gift eliminated Chelsea’s anxiety, and she was able to concentrate on rebuilding her future. Not only did Helping Hands donors help Chelsea keep her current lease, they gave her a new lease on life.

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