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HERO (Helping Employees Reach Others) Fund

Dignity Health East Valley has served the community for nearly 60 years and has always anticipated and responded to the needs of the community. Today is no different, as our hospital and our community face the threat of COVID-19. In coordination with Maricopa County, the State of Arizona, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers are taking every possible step to address COVID-19 by identifying cases, providing care and the best chance at recovery. At the same time, we’re taking extraordinary precautions to protect the community at large, our caregivers, and all staff and visitors. At a time when communities must come together to provide prevention, healing and recovery, Dignity Health in the East Valley is providing the medical care necessary to help us navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many of our health care worker have been impacted by the crisis – whether having lost household income or impacted by illness of themselves or a family member. The Dignity Health Foundation East Valley is focusing attention on our HERO (Helping Employees Reach Others) Fund to provide financial resources to Dignity Health East Valley employees who find themselves in need.

The HERO Fund was established to provide financial assistance to employees who are in need due to a natural disaster, life-threatening illness or injury, death or extreme circumstance. The HERO Fund encourages an atmosphere of support, compassion and care for those who serve patients in the East Valley health care facilities.

The HERO Fund is administered by a volunteer committee who reviews applications and determines funding based on the following criteria: completion of one year of employment, availability of HERO funds, severity of need, and evidence of extenuating circumstances. Grants are awarded to help pay for limited types of essential living expenses, such as: Rent, mortgage or other housing payments; temporary housing and security deposits for new housing; essential utility bills (electricity, heat, water, etc.); and medical expenses (not eligible for reimbursement or covered by insurance). The maximum amount available to an employee for each occurrence or incident is $1,200.

As part of the largest not-for-profit health care system in the United States, the Dignity Health East Valley hospitals are uniquely positioned to address this crisis. We have access to medical resources, best practices, and clinical information that will directly impact our work with patients. Locally, we rely on medical professionals, community leaders, volunteers, and a broad array of donors to advance our work. We will continue to rely on your support for the HERO Fund to support the true heroes in our hospitals.

Now is the best time to donate to the HERO Fund as a local family Foundation has generosity offered to match – dollar for dollar – individual contributions, up to $12,000. Please consider donating today.

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