North Texans know where to invest their monies. When the COVID-19 (isn’t everyone tired of those five letters and two numbers?) hit the community, both big and small philanthropists didn’t hesitate to step forward.
On a week when so many givers have proved their dollars, the Parkland Foundation continues the roll out with the reveal that more than $3.5M “has been committed to Park Foundation to support a new Public Health Preparedness Fund, helping Parkland Health And Hospital System respond to the most urgent needs that come with delivering quality, compassionate care in Dallas County during the current COVID-19 pandemic.”
The funds are the result of some amazing people and organizations that have provided $50K or more like: Anonymous (6), Drs. Maureen Murry and A. Compton Broders III, Children’s Health Fund in partnership with the PepsiCo Foundation, Energy Transfer, Epic, Hillcrest Foundation, Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust of Bank of America N.A., Lyda Hill Philanthropies, Mark Cuban/Luka Doncic/Dwight Powell and the Mavs Foundation, Moody Foundation, Santander Consumer USA Foundation, Texas Capital Bank, The Dallas Foundation, The Rees-Jones Foundation and United Way Metropolitan Dallas Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund.
According to Parkland Foundation President/CEO Michael A. Horne, “As the only public health system in Dallas County, Parkland depends on the generosity of dedicated supporters to sustain its high level of care through public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for the outpouring of support from so many in our community at such a critical time. On behalf of our caregivers and patients, I extend a most sincere thank you.”
These funds will not only “respond to the current pandemic, [but] the fund will also build capacity for Parkland to make an immediate impact locally when the next public health emergency arises.”
Thanks to the funding, the following programs have kicked into place ASAP:
- State-of-the-art, rapid testing machines for COVID-19 and other diseases,
- Childcare support for critical frontline healthcare workers,
- UV light disinfectant systems that can eradicate “superbugs” like COVID-19,
- Drive-through screening sites at Parkland, the American Airlines Center and Ellis Davis Field House, and
- Furniture and additional staffing to accommodate a surge in patient volume.
But they’ve still got a goal of $10M to accomplishment these programs. Parkland Foundation VP of Development Cindy Scott would gladly welcome any support for this very necessary undertaking.
In the meantime, Parkland will “continue its screening and treating COVID-19 patients, provide assistance for caregivers on the front line, secure personal protection equipment and purchase necessary testing and disinfecting supplies.”
Despite the growing numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths, it’s hard to imagine how North Texas would have tackled this pandemic without such amazing area healthcare facilities and their staffs. You can join the bigtime givers by supporting their efforts here!
Stay safe and healthy but at a distance.
* Graphic and photo courtesy of Parkland Foundation