TMH helps victims of OK tornados

— TMH Employees, Physicians and Board Make Donation to Aid Oklahoma Tornado Victims

CRAIG, COLO. (June 4, 2013) This week, employees, physicians, and Board members from The Memorial Hospital donated $3,200 to aid employees of Moore Medical Center in Moore, Oklahoma. On May 20, 2013, a tornado destroyed Moore Medical Center, part of the Norman Regional Health System.

Moore Medical Center employs 463 people who live in areas directly affected by the tornado. Norman Regional Health Foundation has established the Employee CARE Fund. All donations made to this fund will be distributed directly to employees in need of assistance.

Upon hearing about the destruction of Moore Medical Center, employees at TMH asked how they could help. “Our colleagues at Moore Medical Center are devastated, personally and professionally,” said Joyce Grove Hein, interim CEO at TMH. “I have seen first-hand a medical facility and community devastated by a natural disaster, and I know how deeply hospital employees appreciate these donations.”

Ann Clouse, Executive Director of the Norman Regional Health Foundation, said that to date 184 employees have been identified as needing assistance. “We are so grateful to have the support of Memorial Hospital. The May 20th tornado left a path of destruction and devastation in our beloved community. Not only did we lose our hospital, many employees lost their homes. We are beginning the process of moving forward. Our employees are so grateful for the assistance from the Employee Care Fund. They are so touched by the support and generosity of others. It is truly amazing that the staff members of Memorial Hospital in Craig, Colorado are thinking about us here in Oklahoma and want to help in our recovery. It means the world to us,” said Clouse.

In addition to individual donations, the TMH Board of Trustees requested that $500 be sent from the TMH general fund. TMB Board Chairman Don Cook said, “Heath care employees are giving by nature. It was not surprising to learn our staff and doctors wanted to donate money to help the Moore Medical Center employees.”

·         A total of 463 NRHS employees reside in the zip code areas most severely impacted by the May 20 storms.

·         To date, more than 184 employees have been identified as needing assistance. Their homes have been significantly damaged or destroyed. We anticipate the number of employees needing assistance to grow has employees continue to check in with us.

·         All of our Moore Medical Center employees, patients, and more than 200 community members sheltering there made it out alive and unharmed.

• As the F-5 zeroed in on Moore Medical Center, our colleagues on-duty courageously put their lives at risk to save the lives of our patients, families and visitors. Working up to the moment of impact, staff moved and sheltered our patients, their families and our visitors. Only then, as the tornado was gnawing away at our beloved Moore Medical Center, did they seek safety for themselves. As a result of their courage, we lost no one that day…patient, visitor or staff.

• More than 120 patients have been treated from storm-related injuries at either Norman Regional Hospital or the HealthPlex Hospital. Of the patients that were admitted to the hospitals due to storm-related injuries, five remain hospitalized at Norman Regional facilities.

·         The Norman Regional Health Foundation has established an Employee Care Fund. Monies donated to this fund will go directly to our employees affected by the May 20 storms. This assistance will be used to help our employees with food, shelter, and basic necessities. 100% of the monies donated to our Employee Care Fund will be used to help our employees in their recovery.

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