More than $1.5 million has been committed by Baylor Scott & White Health’s health system’s board members, executive team, employees and the community to the employee emergency fund during COVID-19, providing relief to staff who have been impacted by the pandemic.
“We have seen a tremendous response from our board members, system leaders, team members and outside organizations and individuals who have stepped up with contributions to support our frontline caregivers through this expanded fund,” said Jim Hinton, chief executive officer of Baylor Scott & White Health via release. Hinton pledged 25 percent of his salary to the fund. “This gives so many of us a direct way to do more for those who are fighting this virus on a daily basis.”
The fund is known as the Employees 1st Emergency Assistance Fund is available to frontline team members with COVID-19-related expenses such as housing, meals, and childcare. Around 80 employees have been notified that they will be receiving assistance. All of the executive leadership team, and several other employees across the system have contributed to the fund.
The Crowley Carter Foundation, Hilltop Holdings and its family of companies, Ross McKnight, The Meadows Foundation, Moody Foundation and Annette Simmons have made contributions of $100,000 or more to the fund. In addition, The Meadows Foundation donated $150,000 and will match another $100,000 grant to support frontline caregivers.
“Our caregivers are selfless, courageous and compassionate; they are an inspiration,” said Hinton. “We want to do everything we can to help reduce their uncertainties and burdens, and this is one way we can do that.”