April 16, 2020
Wichita, KS -- Wesley Healthcare, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, today announced that the HCA Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic arm of HCA Healthcare, and a tax exempt trust affiliated with HCA Healthcare, will provide more than $1 million in grants to local community organizations to aid in COVID-19 relief efforts.
“Like our colleagues that are serving on the frontlines of this crisis by providing lifesaving care to patients, local organizations are also stepping up to address the needs of their communities in remarkable ways, including emergency response, addressing food shortages and providing childcare for healthcare workers and first responders,” said Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare. “HCA Healthcare is honored to support our communities during this unprecedented time of rapidly changing needs.”
The one-time grants of $10,000 to $250,000 have been distributed to community partners that are focused on the COVID-19 emergency response and food banks. In the Wichita-metro area the beneficiary includes:
- A $35,000 gift to United Way of the Plains. United Way is mobilizing to respond to a doubling of calls to the 2-1-1 resource line, is providing new opportunities for virtual volunteerism, and has set up a fund to help hourly and low-wage workers, those furloughed/laid off, and the most vulnerable, such as the United Way 2-1-1 is conducting coronavirus screenings for Sedgwick County.
“Our community is joining together to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in remarkable ways,” said Bill Voloch, president and CEO of Wesley Healthcare. “We are proud to support our local United Way efforts that are working hard to address the needs of our community.”
For more than 100 years, Wesley Healthcare has provided exceptional care to thousands of families in Wichita and throughout Kansas. Wesley pays nearly $213 million in payroll and benefits and contributes more than $27 million in taxes. Last year, Wesley donated more than $107,000 in charitable giving and $168 million in uncompensated care.
“HCA Healthcare Foundation’s grant is a huge help as we go forward in this challenging time,” said Patrick Hanrahan, president and CEO of United Way of the Plains. “Not only do we have a major disruption to our regular donations, but we expect a tsunami of requests for help from the thousands who have lost paychecks during this pandemic crisis. We sincerely appreciate HCA-Wesley Healthcare’s confidence in us!”