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

May 26, 2020

DETROIT – The PNC Foundation has donated $100,000 to Henry Ford Health System 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.

"As a Main Street Bank, we are deeply committed to supporting our communities where it is needed most in these challenging times,” said Richard DeVore, PNC regional president for Detroit and Southeast Michigan. “We are inspired by the many dedicated frontline workers, not only in Metro Detroit, but across the country, who are caring for their fellow citizens during the COVID-19 crisis.” 

Throughout the pandemic, Henry Ford has employed strategies and new protocols to keep frontline staff healthy, secure and able to work. These include reserving hotel rooms for staff who need to work and remain safely separate from family who may be infected or vulnerable to infection, and for staff who live out-of-area and have been newly contracted to work during the pandemic. This donation from PNC covers expenses associated with employee meals and emergency lodging in hotel rooms for these frontline workers.

“We are thankful for PNC’s gracious support of our COVID-19 employee emergency lodging program, which has been an important resource for many of our frontline staff, including those who have vulnerable loved ones at home,” said Mary Jane Vogt, senior vice president and chief development officer, Henry Ford Health System. “It is humbling to see this support from organizations such as PNC, which are helping to provide the necessities that our staff need to be at their best every day.”

More than 45 people on the frontline of caring for COVID-19 patients have been directly assisted. The average length of stay for these team members has been around 20 days. In addition to lodging and meals, the funding also provides staff with a care package, which consists of items such as cleaning and laundry supplies, hand sanitizer, and magazines.

If you would like to support frontline healthcare workers by donating to the COVID-19 Emergency Needs Fund, please visit henryford.com/donatecovid19.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Adkins / (586) 307-2027 / jadkins6@hfhs.org