Spreading Good News: ​Modest Good Deeds Inspire Initiatives for Enduring Change

Added on Oct 8, 2020

Spreading Good News: ​Modest Good Deeds Inspire Initiatives for Enduring Change
By ​Lauren Keeley

The rapid onset and spread of COVID-19 galvanized communities into charitable good works as they sought creative ways to alleviate the novel burdens faced by caregivers. The examples below reflect those continued efforts, while also highlighting the larger-scale efforts underway across the country to support transformation over the long term.

  • Penn Medicine, Public Health Management Corporation, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, and Independence Blue Cross are joining forces to transform Mercy Philadelphia Hospital by developing a campus focused on health equity for the surrounding West Philadelphia community.
  • Hackensack Meridian Health launched Circle of Compassion, a financial assistance program for health care workers. Since August 31, more than $1.3 million in community donations and contributions from 100% of the health system’s senior leadership has been provided to team members in need.
  • In response to COVID-19 visitation restrictions, Yale New Haven Health created Cards from the Community, a telehealth community program that displays cards of support on patient televisions and public digital displays throughout its hospitals.
  • A nonprofit organization planted 12 Kwanzan cherry trees at Howard County General Hospital in Maryland to honor front-line workers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sponsorships will be available at the Blossoms for Hope Heroes Grove, with a portion of each benefitting the hospital’s caregivers.
  • When the playroom at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago had to close due to COVID-19, staffers decided to create packages of toys for age ranges from preschool to teenagers and bring them directly to the patients. Community members can also donate toys from an Amazon wish list.
For more “Good News” stories, see previous issues of Industry Edge. If you have any positive stories to share around COVID-19 pandemic response at your organization or in your community, please email lauren.keeley@pressganey.com. Visit our dedicated COVID-19 Web page for additional resources.