As the fundraising entity of MCMC, the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation has
been busy helping secure funding related to COVID-19 as we face new, unique
demands on our healthcare system. Many local nonprofits, as well as regional,
state and federal agencies, are helping to address the specific issues
COVID-19 has created through grant awards.
“Union Pacific actually contacted us to learn about our needs,”
said Celeste Hill-Thomas, Executive Director of Outreach, Communications
& Health Foundation. “They were able to grant us $20,000,”
she adds. Those grant dollars were used to pay for the set up of a triage
tent located just outside MCMC’s emergency department, and room
remodels to accommodate patients requiring treatment in negative pressure
rooms. “Both of these modifications were essential to helping MCMC
respond to the immediate threat COVID-19 presented.” Likewise, a
$12,959 grant from Pacific Source Community Health Excellence provided
some of the funding needed to expand telemedicine services allowing patients
to receive care safely from their own homes.
Like many other healthcare systems, MCMC saw a dramatic decline in revenue
when the governor ordered that we postpone all non-emergent procedures.
This led to a temporary furlough of MCMC staff. The Health Foundation
was able to apply for Safeway’s Nourishing Neighbors program which
granted $10,000 worth of gift cards for 125+ employees.
Northwest Farm Credit Services also came to the aid of MCMC with a grant
of $3,500 to help cover the salaries of childcare workers providing care
for children of front-line healthcare workers. Coupled with aid from the
State of Oregon Early Learning Division, there has not be a lapse in childcare
for these essential workers.
“The community has also stepped up to help,” said Hill-Thomas.
She reports that the Health Foundation has received just over $24,000
from community members to help with everything from testing supplies to
face masks. She adds, “we could not be more grateful for the support.”
For more information please contact the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation at