Lake Regional Health System announced today it has established a special COVID-19 Response Fund to accept community donations.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, the hospital’s needs may increase or change. This help from the community will ensure Lake Regional’s critical care staff continues to have the resources needed to care for patients now and into the future.
“While this public health crisis is testing critical care resources nationwide, it’s also demonstrating the value of our local hospital,” said Dane Henry, FACHE, chief executive officer of Lake Regional Health System. “Our physicians, caregivers and facilities play an essential role in keeping the Lake of the Ozarks safe, and we need your support.”
Lake Regional already has received many kind donations from area residents and businesses during the past few weeks, ranging from masks and gloves to services and food.
“We are deeply moved by your generosity,” Henry said. “Part of what makes our community so special is the way we care for each other during difficult times. This has been displayed over and over again recently.”
The Lake Regional COVID-19 Response Fund will be directed to the areas of greatest need, including:
- support for critical care staff treating this respiratory illness
- personal protective equipment, such as N95 masks and PAPRs
- additional ventilators for those with severe reactions
- upgrades to the intensive care unit.
To make a gift online, visit LakeRegional.com/donate-now. Typing “COVID-19” in the comment section will ensure the funds are directed to this initiative. No amount is too small to make a difference. You also can contribute by calling Terri Hall, CFTA, director of Fund Development, at 573-348-8153.
“For more than 40 years, our hospital has met every challenge with strength and resilience,” Henry said. “This is no exception. With our preparation and the community’s support and confidence, we will get through this and emerge stronger than ever.”