Shore Medical Center was quick to respond to the needs of the community this past August when Hurricane Irene struck the New Jersey coastline. Shore’s passionate healthcare professionals and volunteers put their own agendas aside to care for more than 150 inpatients and individuals who came through the hospital’s doors during what could have been one of the deadliest storms in east coast history.
The effects from that storm still linger with costly damages to New Jersey homes and businesses, including Shore Medical Center employee, Rose Clements, of Mays Landing. The Clements family home suffered extensive flood damage, leaving this Credit and Collections Department professional with mounting bills. CEO & President, Ron Johnson, was able to ease the stress on Clements and her family, when he presented a check for $500 on behalf of the VHA Foundation.
The VHA, a national healthcare network, created the VHA Foundation Disaster Relief Fund to assist hospital employees in rebuilding their homes and replacing lost possessions due to FEMA declared disasters such as floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. They reached out to Shore in early September to offer assistance to any employees affected by Hurricane Irene. Shore’s Management teams were well aware of Rose’s situation and urged the VHA Foundation to come to her aid.
When Clements received the check, she was overwhelmed with joy at this generous donation. The donation will go directly to renovating her home and relieve her and her family of the expenses incurred from the damage.