SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sutter Health today announced a $200,000 donation to help support relief efforts following the devastating typhoon that swept across the Philippines last Friday. The American Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund and International Medical Corps will both receive $100,000 from the not-for-profit health system.
"The massive devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is unimaginable," said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. "While the full extent of the damage continues to unfold, we hope our donation, and donations from others during this time, will help bring comfort and relief to those who need it the most."
About the Donations:
- Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund will provide rescue and relief teams to help meet the emergency needs of those directly affected by the typhoon. Sutter Health's $100,000 donation will help supply food, water and shelter, along with emotional health services to thousands of victims across the Philippines. Funds may also assist Red Cross relief efforts in Vietnam, which sustained damage from the typhoon.
- International Medical Corps' health care and medical response teams will provide immediate health care services to those in need. Sutter Health's $100,000 donation will help operation and deployment of multiple mobile units to bring health care services and medicine to the affected regions. The funds will also support procurement, transportation and distribution of urgently-needed medication and medical supplies.
"Typhoon Haiyan left a trail of devastation that is heartbreaking for the local community," said Kathleen Weis, CEO for the Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross. "It is the generosity of donors like Sutter Health that help us to provide aid to those in need in the Philippines and other areas quickly so they can get the resources needed to recover from this tragedy."
"Sutter Health's swift and generous support will allow us to deliver lifesaving health services to families affected by the devastating typhoon in the Philippines," said Nancy A. Aossey, President and CEO of International Medical Corps. "As our emergency teams are reaching the hardest-hit areas, it is critical that we're able to immediately deliver medical care and vital medicines. Sutter Health's timely award will help International Medical Corps' first responders to provide affected communities with health care, alleviate suffering and restore hope."
Sutter's Commitment as a Great Neighbor
As a not-for-profit organization, Sutter Health believes in giving back. In 2013 alone, Sutter has donated nearly a half million dollars toward disaster relief efforts. In recent years, Sutter Health has made substantial donations to support humanitarian aid following disasters in Haiti, Japan, San Bruno and on the East Coast.
About Sutter Health
Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, hospitals and other health care service providers join together and share expertise to advance health care quality, access to care, and patient satisfaction. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California's top-performing, highest quality physician organizations, as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women's and children's services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.
SOURCE Sutter Health