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Onslow Memorial Hospital Foundation Announces COVID-19 Response Fund

Jacksonville, N.C. – April 17, 2020 – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our area, Onslow Memorial Hospital (OMH) is here to care for you and your loved ones. The unprecedented impact to healthcare resources during this time has created a sense of urgency for hospitals to ensure they have the supplies they need to care for patients and providers. While OMH continues to procure needed supplies, many of our community members and local businesses have asked how they can help.   

In response to this, the Onslow Memorial Hospital Foundation has initiated a COVID-19 Response Fund, which will continue to support areas of greatest need, including:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) for our patients and healthcare providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Testing and equipment necessary for combatting the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Aid/financial support for healthcare workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Any other COVID-19 related expenses at OMH

“This is a defining moment for our community and our country,” says Lee Ann Thomas, OMH Foundation Executive Director. “As our healthcare providers are fighting at the front lines, we need to support them in any way that we can. This community has already shown overwhelming compassion with generous donations of masks, food, and other supplies, and for that, we are extremely thankful. I’m hoping every single person who is able will donate whatever they can toward this incredible campaign. We are all stronger together.”

To donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund, Lee Ann Thomas can be reached at 910-577-2651 to process a donation over the phone. The Foundation is also accepting donations online at https://onslowfoundation.org/covid19-response-fund.php or by mailing a check to OMH Foundation, 317 Western Blvd., Jacksonville, NC 28546. Checks should be payable to “OMH Foundation,” with “COVID-19 Response Fund” on the check’s notation line.

OMH is also participating in the Protect the Heroes Campaign, a joint campaign created by The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the American Hospital Association, and The Creative Coalition. Protect the Heroes is a national fundraising effort that directs support to the donors' hospital of choice. All funds raised provide PPE for healthcare workers and others in need of critical supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundations COVID-19 Response Fund is accessible through this campaign.

“We are beyond humbled and thankful for the outpouring of support we have received over the past few weeks,” says OMH President and CEO, Dr. Penney Burlingame Deal, DHA, RN, FACHE. “We want to thank those who have donated supplies, provided snacks and meals for our staff, and acknowledged our employees for their hard work. Your support and encouragement truly make a difference!”

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About Onslow Memorial: Onslow Memorial Hospital (OMH), originally founded in 1944, stands as a 162-bed acute care, community hospital located in coastal North Carolina, serving the city of Jacksonville and greater Onslow County. Onslow Memorial Hospital is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) and an affiliate of UNC Health Care.