GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Chevron announced a $21,000 donation to the St. Mary’s Emergency Relief Fund as the region deals with a surge in coronavirus cases. This donation is one example of how Chevron is committed to supporting healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic while protecting its workforce.
“Thank you to the staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center who continue to amaze us with their resilience and dedication to the community,” stated Andy Olson, Chevron operations superintendent. “We are proud to support this worthy organization and hope the funds will aid the hospital as it continues to fight COVID-19.”
The St. Mary’s Foundation established the St. Mary’s Emergency Relief Fund in April of this year in response to the pandemic. Since its creation, the Fund has been utilized to support needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This may include support for patients diagnosed as positive and under treatment for COVID-19, based on need, to assist with expenses incurred by patients after discharge including recovery medication, medical equipment needed at home and insurance co-pays. This fund will also support the Hospital’s COVID-19 related needs including personal protective equipment for caregivers, screening and testing supplies, modifications to our current facilities, and other needs as they arise. Most recently, funds were used to purchase 40 respirator masks for the CareFlight of the Rockies air trauma teams. These masks include special apparatus to assure all inhaled air is filtered properly and incorporates a microphone that connects their flight helmets.
“We are extremely grateful for Chevron’s generous support. This contribution will go a long way in providing vital resources to our frontline healthcare workers and ensure our facility continues to offer the best care possible through this unprecedented time,” said Carmen Shipley, executive director, St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation.
When the first COVID-19 surge hit in March and April, St. Mary’s Medical Center created detailed surge plans that allowed it to significantly grow its capacity for future surges. The current surge the hospital is experiencing is that larger than the initial surge, and St. Mary’s has activated components of its surge plan.
“With COVID numbers spiking, our caregivers continue to give our patients and communities hope in a time of fear and uncertainty,” added Bryan Johnson, president, St. Mary’s Medical Center. “We are grateful and inspired by their commitment, compassion, and resiliency demonstrated day in and day out. Support from our businesses and individual contributors such as Chevron help us keep them safe and ready to care for our friends and neighbors.”