The North Carolina Healthcare Foundation

The Disaster Relief Fund: Supporting the healthcare community

Disaster Relief Fund

Natural disasters are inevitable. Together, we can help our hospital colleagues and healthcare communities weather any storm. We need your support to keep the fund strong for future disasters. 

The background

A History of Giving

The NC Healthcare Foundation established its Disaster Relief Fund to help hospital employees who suffered significant property loss. In recent decades, North Carolina and North Carolina hospitals have been dramatically affected by hurricanes, flooding, fires and other natural disasters. From Hurricane Fran and Floyd in the 90s to the recent Hurricane Matthew and Florence, major storms are becoming more frequent. Hurricane Florence and its subsequent flooding caused nearly $17 billion in damage to North Carolina. Hurricane Matthew in 2016 caused $4.8 billion in damages and when adjusted for inflation, Hurricane Floyd in 1999 caused between $7 and $9.4 billion in damages.

The Impact

Caring for those who care for you

Funds contributed to the NC Healthcare Foundation Disaster Relief Fund after Hurricane Florence

“In times of need, the public turns to their hospital and health system as a trusted destination for care,” NCHF Chair and Cone Health CEO Terry Akin said. “When a disaster happens, we see our employees make remarkable personal sacrifices to ensure that care continues in their communities. This fund is an opportunity not only to provide help to those folks who are most impacted by this storm, but also to acknowledge the importance of the entire health care team.”

The challenge ahead

Preparing for what's next

The NC Healthcare Foundation was grateful for the opportunity to help hospital employees in the impacted regions during this challenging time. We now need to rebuild our reserves for the next disaster. We would like to grow our disaster fund to not only help hospital employees but also help local healthcare communities. We also would like to contribute to efforts led by other hospital associations when major disasters occur.

Disaster Relief Fund By the Numbers

The number of hospital employees supported by the Disaster Relief Fund after Hurricane Florence
The number of North Carolina hospitals with employees needing assistance after Hurricane Florence
The number of organizations and individuals in North Carolina and across the nation who generously contributed to the Disaster Relief Fund

This is why we give

Helping our healthcare heroes… that’s what it’s all about.

During and after Hurricane Florence, hospital and health system employees in southeastern North Carolina stayed on the job day and night to care for their communities. Jim Davis, Assistant VP of Nursing at CarolinaEast Health System in New Bern, describes what it means to be prepared to care.

In the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Matthew, North Carolina hospitals and health systems put their communities first. This video is a tribute to employees and administrators who demonstrated what it truly means to be prepared to care.

NCHA celebrates the healthcare heroes in our hospitals and health systems who put their patients and communites ahead of themselves during Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath to ensure that care never stopped.

Impact Stories

Read how your donation made an impact on the recovery of our healthcare colleagues.

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