photo by Andrew Ray
June 1, 2020 – Support from donors is needed to sustain Jupiter Medical Center at any time, but it is particularly critical in times of crisis. In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jupiter Medical Center Foundation received nearly $1.8 million in philanthropic donations.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the community and our donors during this uncertain time,” said Liv Vesely, President of Jupiter Medical Center Foundation. “Gifts received are helping to offset losses due to decreased volumes, and have allowed us to purchase additional medical equipment to address the hospital’s highest priority needs.”
The hospital received multiple donations as the community rallied to support Jupiter Medical Center Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. Through ClubsHELP, an organization that connects golf organizations with local communities to provide critical resources in times of need, Jupiter Medical Center was “adopted” by the Seminole Golf Club. Members stepped up collectively, raising more than $250,000 for Jupiter Medical Center Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Foundation also received an interfaith donation from JupiterFIRST Church, St. Peter Catholic Church and Temple Beth Am of more than $45,000. Additional generous donors contributed funds through #GivingTuesdayNow and through other efforts, which enabled the medical center to purchase equipment needed for FDA-approved rapid molecular testing. Jupiter Medical Center was also able to acquire a telehealth cart for intensive care unit physicians to communicate with isolated patients, which reduced their exposure to the virus. Other donated funds were used to purchase two additional Tru-D light disinfecting robots. The hospital also received thousands of dollars in restaurant gift cards and meal donations for front-line workers, and an anonymous donor made a $500,000 cash donation that was directed toward the hospital’s greatest need to care for coronavirus patients.
Jupiter Medical Center prepared well in advance of the pandemic’s onslaught and stayed in constant contact with state and local officials. Planning for the coronavirus began more than a month before the first patient received a positive diagnosis, allowing time for advancements in testing and the implementation of state-of-the-art methodologies.
“The health, well-being and safety of our patients, physicians and team members are of the utmost importance,” said Dr. Amit Rastogi, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “The protective measures we executed, including advanced sterilization safeguards, enabled us to serve two, distinct patient populations in separate areas of our medical facility to prevent the likelihood of spread. We are extremely grateful to the community for their support.”
The COVID-19 Relief Fund is part of Jupiter Medical Center Foundation’s $300 million Vision. Innovation. Impact. Campaign, which is guided by a vision to bring world-class clinical programs to the community, while providing the highest standards of quality, safety and patient experience. To show support, the executive members of the Foundation team have also committed nearly $50,000 in payroll deductions toward the COVID-19 Relief Fund. To date, more than $210 million has been raised as part of the campaign.
About Jupiter Medical Center Foundation
Since its founding in 1989, Jupiter Medical Center Foundation has empowered Jupiter Medical Center with the financial resources to reimagine the delivery of health and wellness to the region. Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, together with Jupiter Medical Center, is committed to transforming regional healthcare through leading-edge technology, patient-centered care and enhanced facilities. The Foundation has funded a number of major projects at Jupiter Medical Center, including the De George Pediatric Unit in partnership with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, The Anderson Family Orthopedic & Spine Center, the Frank E. and Mary D. Walsh Robotic Surgery Program, and the Florence A. De George Pavilion.
As a leading, not-for-profit medical provider in the region, Jupiter Medical Center relies on philanthropic gifts to maintain patients’ well-being and quality of care, and Jupiter Medical Center Foundation is dedicated to securing this financial support in order to fulfill the mission of the organization. For more information, please visit jmcfoundation.org.