Associate Hardship Program Debuts with Support From Community and National Appeals

An incredible outpouring of support has been received for our entire healthcare family. Our community supported our healthcare family through financial contributions, associate meals, treat bags, homemade masks, PPE, signs, letters and more, with special thanks to Saginaw Community Foundation for $2,500 in grocery gift cards and Foresters Financial's donation of two Samsung Galaxy Tablets for patients to communicate with family.

In mid-March, Ascension Foundations came together to create the first national associate hardship program which included an associate portal for applications, approvals and tracking system. Ascension Michigan Foundations served as the pilot state to kick off the program and work through any issues before opening to all Ascension hospitals.

The associate hardship program helped with COVID-19 related expenses including grocery support, utility bills, mortgage/rent, funeral expenses and medical bills. Ascension also funded daycare, prescription expenses and more.

To assure we had enough funds for the program, Mid-Michigan regional foundation staff launched an associate hardship COVID-19 fundraising campaign to support their respective Mission Funds.

Ascension St. Mary’s Foundation and Standish Development Fund raised $36,716, while Ascension St. Joseph Foundation raised $8,900 in community support for COVID associate hardship program.

If the pandemic wasn’t enough, the Mid-Michigan community experienced 500-year flooding. Joseph R. Impicciche, JD, MHA President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension penned a special message to our national associates to support the northern Michigan ministries. Over $10,000 was donated to Ascension St. Mary’s Foundation, Ascension Standish Hospital and Ascension St. Joseph Foundation in 24 hours. Donations are still coming in. To date, all three hospitals are working to provide financial assistance to our associates in need.