|The flooding in south Louisiana has been devastating for many individuals, families and businesses. What was supposed to be just a summer storm, turned into a nightmare for many. Unlike a hurricane, there was no warning or time to prepare. The flash floods started, and more than 40,000 homes were affected by flood waters.
While we do not have an exact number at this time, it is estimated that more than 5,000 hospital employees suffered significant property loss to their homes. Most of these homes and residences were not insured against an unprecedented 500-year flood of this magnitude, and federal assistance for recovery is significantly limited.
When our hospital family hurts, the hospital community has historically pulled together to make a difference. In an effort to provide some relief, the Louisiana Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation has established the Louisiana Hospital Employee Assistance Fund to provide assistance to our family of hospital employees who so desperately need our help. All the funds raised through this effort will be distributed by hospitals in the affected areas to their employees who suffered significant property loss to their homes/residences during the August 2016 flooding disaster. Private donations will help evacuated hospital employees keep their families safe and continue providing compassionate care to patients in their communities.
We encourage you to help us spread the word about this fund through your newsletters and on social media. The Louisiana Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation has created a handbook with an overview of the fund, FAQs, a newsletter article template and some social media sample messages.
If you or your organization would like to contribute to this effort, please visit www.LaHospitalEmployeeFund.org.