Caring for the Caregivers
When crisis hits, Vizient member physicians, nurses and staff are on the front lines, working overtime to care for those in need. Yet oftentimes many of these individuals are themselves victims of the disaster.
Through the Vizient Foundation, Vizient – the company, its employees, its suppliers and fellow Vizient member hospitals across the country – are stepping in to care for the care givers.
Vizient is the nation’s largest health care performance improvement company serving a diverse membership that includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health care delivery networks and non-acute health care providers located across the country.
“We have several member hospitals in South Texas and Louisiana that have been hit hard by this storm,” says Curt Nonomaque, President and CEO, Vizient. “Several even had to evacuate patients and close some facilities. We wanted to mobilize as quickly as possible to give as much help as we could.”
Vizient offered to match employee donations 3:1 through Sept. 30, so that every dollar given results in $4 being contributed to Vizient hospital employees in need. Vizient’s 3,000 employees raised more than $150,000 from their own pockets in only 72 hours. In addition to employee contributions, the company is contributing an additional $1 million in matching funds and contributions. The company has also collected more than $125,000 from members and suppliers. These numbers will grow, as Vizient will continue to solicit donations over the coming months and distribute funds to help employees of member hospitals.
In addition to financial contributions, Vizient employees are also donating household goods, clothing and their time to volunteer opportunities.
Vizient has a long history of helping its member health care organizations in times of disaster. Since 1992, its Disaster Relief Fund has distributed nearly $11 million to member organizations affected by FEMA-declared disasters so they can provide emergency cash to their employees who are coping with the loss of homes and personal belongings.
About Vizient, Inc.
Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient’s diverse membership base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents more than $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in 2015, as well as MedAssets’ Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, including Sg2, which was acquired in 2016. In 2017, Vizient again received a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute. Vizient’s headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please visit www.vizientinc.com as well as our newsroom, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for more information about the company.