Excela Health has raised approximately $30,000 in financial contributions and supplies to help humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine, the health system announced this week.
The two-week fundraising campaign enabled Excela to provide more than $6,000 in basic medical supplies, as well as $25,000 in cash raised through various donations.
“We are proud to be part of a global effort to alleviate suffering and provide much needed relief and comfort to the people of Ukraine,” said John Sphon, CEO of Excela. “Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of every life we touch, and although we are not physically present in Eastern Europe, we can do our part to ensure that needs can be met. .”
Fundraising kicked off on March 15, marked by a Ukraine-themed menu in each of Excela’s cafeterias.
Back then, visitors and staff could choose from Chicken Kyiv (butter-stuffed and breaded chicken), holubtsi (stuffed cabbage), varenyky (potato pierogies), deruni (potato pancakes ) and nalysnyky (filled pancakes). In addition to being the official start of the fundraiser, the menu’s goal was for employees to show solidarity with Ukraine.
The fundraiser ended on Friday. The health system worked through the Brother’s Brother Foundation in Pittsburgh to provide the medical supplies.
The organizations have an ongoing relationship to disperse excess medical supplies to meet local clinical needs.
“We couldn’t be more grateful for both the spirit and generosity of Excela Health’s management and staff,” said Ozzy Samad, President of Brother’s Brother Foundation. “Your thoughtfulness enables us to help so many people in desperate need in these difficult circumstances.”
Excela staff are “quick to respond wherever and whenever help is needed,” Sphon said.
“This level of commitment and caring is evident on a daily basis throughout our healthcare system,” he said.