Kent Hospital to use $10K donation to help staff affected by COVID-19

WARWICK – Kent County Memorial Hospital is among a group of four donation recipients from the Barnum Foundation for Life.

The Connecticut nonprofit, which is distributing funds to medical facilities to support staff members, awarded $10,000 to Kent Hospital this month out of a total of $40,000 in donations.

Other recipients include Yale New Haven Health System, which serves Connecticut and Rhode Island, and Norwell Health System and Montefiore Health System, both in New York.

The money is helping hospitals launch programs to help staff members with physical and emotional stress related to providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide emergency financial assistance.

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“This money will offer some much-needed financial assistance to health care workers who were among the hardest-hit during the pandemic. This unprecedented pandemic has been a strain in many ways on our workforce who have been diligently working on the front lines, saving lives for months,” said Kent Hospital President and Chief Operating Officer Robert J. Haffey. “This donation is a touching display of appreciation, and we are all thankful.”

At Kent Hospital, which is owned by Care New England Health System, the money will go to the CNE Employee Relief Fund. Money granted through the fund is reserved for CNE employees, spouses or dependent children, and does not have to be repaid.

Elizabeth Graham is a PBN contributing writer.

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