Your COVID-19 Impact

Henry Ford Health is grateful for the hundreds of foundations, corporations, friends and community members who have come together to ensure that COVID-19 patients and front-line care teams have everything they need in their fight against this pandemic.

Here are some stories of the amazing impact that you are having to heal patients, support medical staff and stop the transmission of the virus. Thank you again for your ongoing generosity—and stay safe.

Your Generosity

On the Frontlines

Collaborative Partnership, $400,000 Donation Bring Onsite COVID-19 Testing to Senior Facilities

Altimetrik, a Southfield-based fast-growing global business transformation company, and the Vattikuti Foundation have donated $400,000 as part of a partnership with Henry Ford Health, the City of Detroit and its health department to bring 10,000 onsite COVID-19 tests to the city’s more than 126 nursing homes and senior assisted living facilities.

Cynthia and Edsel Ford Establish New Fund to Support Nurses

The Henry Ford Health Nursing Emergency Needs Fund, launched with a gift from Cynthia and Edsel Ford, will provide support for Henry Ford nurses and their families as they serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. The fund supports transportation, housing, personal protection equipment, childcare and more, ensuring that every nurse has the resources they need to continue to be a hero for our patients.

Sadr Foundation Donates 19,000 Gloves to Henry Ford

The Sadr Foundation-USA, an organization that raises money for families and orphans in need in the US and overseas, donated 19,000 gloves to Henry Ford Health on April 24.

“We hope to continue this initiative and continue to call upon community members to make contributions of PPE to allow us to continue serving our local hospitals and medical staff,” said the Foundation.

Carl’s Golfland Gives to Henry Ford’s Emergency Needs Fund

We are grateful for a generous gift from Carl’s Golfland to Henry Ford’s COVID-19 Emergency Needs Fund through its #ShankThisVirus campaign.

Denso Donates $10,000 to Henry Ford’s COVID-19 Efforts

Denso Manufacturing generously contributed $10,000 to Henry Ford’s COVID-19 Emergency Needs Fund, to ensure the System has the resources it needs in the battle ahead.

Marvin and Jazmyn Jones Provide Meals to Henry Ford Wyandotte

Detroit Lions veteran wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. and his wife, Jazmyn provided 1,000 hot meals on April 30 to front-line workers at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

Fiat Chrysler and Creative Foam Corp. Donate Face Shields

Henry Ford received a donation of 10,000 protective face shields from Fiat Chrysler and Creative Foam on May 3.

TCF Bank offers $100,000 match for donations to COVID-19 Emergency Needs Fund

On April 1, TCF Bank announced that it would double any gift made up to $100,000 to Henry Ford Health’s COVID-19 Emergency Needs fund, which provides vital resources where they are needed most to care for patients while also supporting team members at Henry Ford facilities. Emergency funds are also being deployed to advance the development of new protocols, diagnostics and treatments critical to addressing and stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Ford Fund Mobilizes Teams, Resources to Help Feed and Transport Henry Ford Hospital Personnel

Healthcare staff at Henry Ford Hospital locations in Detroit, Dearborn and Brownstown Township, Michigan are receiving lunches and dinners thanks to a new collaboration between Ford Fund, Corktown restaurants, Eastern Market and the Lincoln Motor Company.

DTE Foundation donates 100,000 masks

DTE donated 100,000 KN95 respirator masks to hospitals and health systems throughout Southeast Michigan, ensuring that Henry Ford’s physicians, nurses and other medical staff are protected.

Community Testing, Outreach Eyes Nursing Homes, Homeless Shelters

Henry Ford Health, in partnership with the city of Detroit and its health department, is deploying teams of health care volunteers to conduct rapid testing for the coronavirus at nursing homes and homeless shelters across the city. This initiative is being made possible thanks to a grant from the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

Wayne State University teams up to delivery supplies

Wayne State University’s Biological Sciences department teamed up to collect equipment and supplies to protect Henry Ford’s front-line staff.

Henry Ford College sends ventilators to the front lines

Henry Ford College donated five ventilators and numerous personal protection equipment to Henry Ford to support patients and front-line staff.

Director, Actor Paul Feig Contributes Gift to the COVID-19 Emergency Needs Fund

Paul Feig, creator of Freaks & Geeks and director of BRIDESMAIDS, SPY and GHOSTBUSTERS (2016) and a Michigan native, has made a generous donation to Henry Ford Health’s COVID-19 Emergency Needs Fund. This fund was created to provide immediate support for Henry Ford patients and staff affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as equipment and supplies for front-line healthcare workers.

Helping Hands assisting with emergency staff needs

To date, more than $70,000 has been distributed through Henry Ford’s Bob and Sandy Riney Helping Hands Fund to assist with staff needs, including gift cards for groceries, emergency childcare, rent, mortgage, utilities, funeral expenses, car and home insurance and much more.

Michigan 7-11 stores donate more than 17,000 face masks

Managers from the region’s 7-11 store markets dropped off 17,100 surgical face masks at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit to help protect front-line healthcare providers.

“With the city of Detroit being the epicenter of the pandemic in Michigan, the city has been hit extraordinarily hard,” says Tracy Petrovic, Market Manager 1971. “We are grateful for the donation made possible by Heartland Zone, which will go to the health care workers fighting the coronavirus outbreak across Detroit.”

Keurig brews a cup of coffee for hardworking physicians, nurses and medical staff

To ensure all Henry Ford front-line staff have access to a warm cup of coffee as they work to help patients, the Keurig company coordinated with Henry Ford’s Food and Nutrition Services to supply machines and K-Cups for Henry Ford facilities’ breakrooms and nurse’s stations.

“We’re excited to partner with you to deliver coffee and beverages to all of those amazing front-line workers and support staff,” says Michael Brent of Keurig.

Grammy winning singer Lizzo sends meals for Henry Ford Hospital staff

Grammy Award winner and Detroit native Lizzo sent meals to front-line care providers at Henry Ford Hospital and recorded a special message of encouragement for the staff.

Rochelle Riley donates in honor of a friend and cherished community member

Rochelle Riley, the director of arts and culture for the city of Detroit, turned her grief into generosity. Inspired by Matt and Kelly Stafford feeding first responders, Riley arranged for 700 meals to be delivered to the nursing team at Henry Ford Hospital in honor of her friend, Marlowe Stoudamire. Stoudamire, a celebrated Detroit entrepreneur, community leader and former Henry Ford project director, passed away in March from COVID-19.

“Marlowe’s loss is devastating, and his family has my deepest sympathies,” said Riley, “I wanted to do something that would honor Marlowe’s legacy of positivity and serving others. Providing meals to our dedicated nurses who are on the front lines of caring for COVID patients at Henry Ford just felt right. It was my way of saying thank you and starting the healing process.”

Henry Ford Health Raises More Than $20,000 for COVID-19 Efforts on Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020 a special #GivingTuesdayNow was celebrated across the world to support local efforts to fight COVID-19. Henry Ford Health, together with our friends at Fair Lane, the historic home of Clara and Henry Ford, raised more than $20,000 for Henry Ford’s COVID-19 Emergency Needs Fund. The fund supports frontline staff, patients, research and much more as we work to combat the virus in our region.

Entrepreneur Nikolaos Moschouris Feeds Henry Ford Hospital Employees for a Week

Nikolaos Moschouris, local businessman and owner of numerous Subway restaurants throughout southeast Michigan, including one inside Henry Ford Hospital, donated 150 lunches each day for a full week to hospital employees on the frontlines.

Fresh Pak Makes Henry Ford Employees Happy with Healthy Snacks

Fresh Pak, a fresh vegetable and fruit distributor in metro Detroit, donated more than 750 fruit cups to the Henry Ford Hospital cafeteria for staff to enjoy during shifts.

FLAG Feeds Pharmacy Employees at Henry Ford Hospital

Local group FLAG (or Front Line Appreciation Group) donated 400 Middle Eastern wraps to the inpatient pharmacy team at Henry Ford Hospital on April 21.

“Thank you very much for the delicious donation…We truly appreciate that FLAG took the time to recognize the hard work and dedication to this deadly disease of our entire pharmacy staff. It added a little bit of sunshine to our day,” said SG, a pharmacist.

Bank of America Donates 150,000 N95 Masks

On May 1, Henry Ford Health thanked Bank of America for its generous gift of 150,000 N95 respirator masks, which are critical to protecting frontline staff and patients.

Detroit Lion Romeo Okwara Donates Gift Cards to Residents

Detroit Lions defensive end Romeo Okwara donated gift cards to Henry Ford’s medical residents to thank them for their dedication and hard work combatting COVID-19.

“As a surgeon, I like to see a problem and fix it: laser kidney stones into dust, remove a cancer or restore previous function for quality of life,” says gift card recipient and Henry Ford urology resident Grace Yaguchi. “My COVID patients needed me, but in a much different way…my experience caring for [them] will have a lasting effect on me and how I practice medicine going forward. Mr. Okwara and the Detroit Lions Charities, thank you for your very generous gift.”

NFL Donates $250,000 to Henry Ford to Bolster Detroit’s Fight Against COVID-19

The NFL, through its Inspire Change program and the Players Coalition, has given $250,000 to Henry Ford Health’s COVID-19 Detroit Social Justice Fund as part of a larger donation to health systems, individual hospitals and non-profit organizations in areas heavily impacted by COVID-19. The Henry Ford Health COVID-19 Detroit Social Justice Fund will provide vital resources to help those on the frontlines at Henry Ford Hospital to continue delivering high-quality healthcare for the Detroit community and respond to the COVID-19 crisis as efficiently as possible.

PNC Foundation Donates $100,000 to Henry Ford’s COVID-19 Employee Emergency Lodging Program

The PNC Foundation has donated $100,000 to Henry Ford Health as part of its commitment to provide charitable support for coronavirus relief efforts, primarily directed toward basic needs and hardship relief programs across the markets in which PNC operates. The funds are being used to provide lodging and meals for frontline healthcare workers in need at Henry Ford.

Henry Ford Health Receives $266,000 Grant from BET COVID-19 Relief Event Through United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Henry Ford Health has received $266,000 in funding following Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort, which will support relief programs in the City of Detroit, where the African American population has been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Lisa Vallee-Smith supports COVID-19 Emergency Needs with Generous Gift

Lisa Vallee-Smith and her husband Jeff were inspired to give a gift to Henry Ford’s COVID-19 Emergency Needs Fund, which is being used to support frontline workers, patients and many other needs as they arise. The fund is ensuring that frontline workers have every resource they need to save lives and slow the transmission of the virus in our region.

Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation Honors Essential Workers with a Full Day of Meals

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation was inspired to thank Henry Ford’s housekeepers, culinary staff, parking services and security professionals with a special surprise: meal boxes for Henry Ford Hospital employees to bring home and share with their families.

Transplant Institute Council of Advisors Underwrites Lunches from Detroit-based Deli for Frontline Workers

Henry Ford’s Transplant Institute Council of Advisors celebrated Henry Ford’s essential workers by generously purchasing lunch for more than 150 Henry Ford Hospital team members from the LiveWell Shoppe, Environmental Services and Supply Chain, and Food and Nutrition departments.

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Shinola Support Employee Relief

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, in conjunction with Shinola Detroit, recently provided a grant to support relief for healthcare workers at Henry Ford Health and across the region. Their generosity will help frontline workers who have experienced financial emergencies during the pandemic.

Detroit Lions coach, players show pride for those tackling COVID-19

Thanks to the Detroit Lions Inspire Change initiative, Henry Ford Hospital employees enjoyed a variety of lunch options via five food trucks on campus on April 13, 2020. The Inspire Change initiative was launched by Matt Patricia, head coach of the Detroit Lions, Lions players and Martha Firestone Ford, team owner and chairman, following the 2018 NFL season.


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