|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
November 30, 2012
$50,000 Donation to the Fund for HHC
Supports Employee Hurricane Relief
Gift brings total raised for public hospital system workers
to almost $118,000
New York, NY - The Fund for HHC and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) have received a $50,000 donation from the Philippines-based Felix Y. Manolo (FYM) Foundation for direct relief and assistance for HHC staff members who suffered losses from Hurricane Sandy. The donation brings the total amount raised for storm relief to $117,850.
The Fund for HHC has established a special Hurricane Relief Appeal to help staff members who are struggling with storm-related hardships. The donation was coordinated through the efforts of Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Fatima Shama. Three additional donations in the amount of $50,000 were made by FYM to support the staff of other City agencies that were personally hit hard by the storm. The other recipients were the foundations that support the City’s Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
Representatives of the FYM Foundation, the philanthropic arm of religious organization Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), presented a check for $50,000.00 to Joe Schick, Executive Director of the Fund for HHC, at a November 20, 2012 ceremony in Times Square that attracted more than 2,000 enthusiastic INC friends and supporters.
“The Fund for HHC is indebted to FYM and its leadership for their great generosity and kindness,” Schick said. “Many HHC staff members worked tirelessly throughout the storm and without regard for their own personal circumstances, to provide good medical care for our patients and for the thousands of New Yorkers who desperately needed us. Now, many HHC employees are facing devastation or loss of their homes and personal property that is truly overwhelming. This heartfelt donation will allow us to help those who are dedicated to helping others.”
About The Fund for HHC
The Fund for HHC secures external support for a variety of HHC programs and awareness-building efforts. The Fund is a catalyst for innovative approaches to help HHC patients gain improved access to safe, high quality healthcare. The Fund works closely with HHC clinical and management staff to identify projects that align with HHC's mission and strategic priorities, to secure financial support for them. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.thefundforhhc.org.
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system with its own 420,000 member health plan, MetroPlus, and is the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country. HHC serves 1.4 million New Yorkers every year and more than 475,000 are uninsured. HHC provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 70 community based clinics. HHC Health and Home Care also provides in-home services for New Yorkers. HHC was the 2008 recipient of the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission's John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/hhc.