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Portage Medical Center Foundation Provides Critical Support in the Fight Against COVID-19

$500,000 community challenge grant awarded to UH Portage Medical Center

University Hospitals Portage Medical Center received a $500,000 community challenge grant from Portage Medical Center Foundation to support the hospital’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will help support the unanticipated costs of the health crisis, including extensive patient care, medical supplies and research as well as providing for the protection, wellness and resilience of UH Portage caregivers.

“The people who rely on UH Portage are more than patients – they are also our friends, family and neighbors,” said Richard J. Coe, President, Portage Medical Center Foundation. “It’s our duty to help UH care for them. This is something tangible and meaningful we can do right now.”

The gift from Portage Medical Center Foundation is one of four, $500,000 challenge grants awarded by area hospital foundations to help sustain UH communities during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Other grant-makers include Elyria Medical Center Foundation, Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation and Samaritan Hospital Foundation. Each grant will support the Community Response Fund at that foundation’s local UH medical center with the hope of inspiring additional local giving.

“University Hospitals has a long-standing commitment to the health and well-being of our community, a promise that we extended in recent years to more patients than ever with the health system’s regional expansion,” said UH Chief Operating Officer, Eric Beck, DO, MPH. “Today, that promise is more important than ever and we are grateful to have wide-spread support throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond as we face this pandemic together.”

Community members can join the foundation in supporting UH Portage Medical Center and its caregivers by making at gift at UHGiving.org/Portage.