The Season of Need

June 01, 2013

Though needs remain steady, foundation giving often experiences a summertime dip

With summer comes warm temperatures and vacation plans. Yet the first-rate care provided by Providence Health & Services, Southern California, never goes on vacation.

“With the arrival of summertime, demands on all our facilities continue. Our charitable donations, however, tend to go down during this period,” says Patricia Modrzejewski, foundation president for Providence Saint Joseph, Providence Holy Cross and Providence Tarzana Medical Centers.

Your gift can help the Providence Foundations avoid the dog days of summer. In fact, here’s a look at how your gifts are changing lives.

Supporting 24/7 Care

“Our emergency department was built to see 40,000 patients a year. We will see 70,000 people this year,” says Lori Nolan-Mullenhour, RN, director of emergency services at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. “The foundation supports us with necessary additional equipment to care for more patients.”

Foundation support helps the ED care for anyone, year-round, regardless of ability to pay, says Angelique Campen, MD, medical director of the department of emergency medicine at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. “We are reliant on other sources of income—foundation support—to keep the doors open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provide the top-notch service for which we are known.”

Providing Comfort in the Final Days

Imagine navigating through the final weeks or days of life without the basic comfort of cool air. Barbara Roberts, executive director of Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation, has noticed this trend in recent summers. “With the first heat wave comes the request for the foundation to buy electric fans for patients. Since we care for patients in their homes, and many are struggling financially, we often purchase fans to make them more comfortable.”

In fact, through its “Necessities of Life” funds, the Hospice Foundation helps financially strapped families pay utility bills or buy groceries—freeing patients and their loved ones to cherish their final days rather than anguish over unpaid bills.

This summer, don’t go on vacation from giving to those in need. “Your donations will ensure that our services continue uninterrupted, regardless of the season,” Modrzejewski says.