FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2020
WASHINGTON—America’s Essential Hospitals President and CEO Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, and his wife, pediatrician Maura Cooper, MD, have donated $100,000 to support efforts by the association’s research arm to help member hospitals and their communities respond to and recover from COVID-19.
Siegel and Cooper made the donation today to Essential Hospitals Institute, the nonprofit research, education, dissemination, and leadership development arm of America’s Essential Hospitals. Much of the Institute’s research work focuses on social determinants of health and the disparities in health and health care they create. Evidence suggests these and other challenges for racial and ethnic minorities contribute to higher infection and mortality rates for COVID-19.
“We thank Drs. Siegel and Cooper for this thoughtful donation,” Institute Director Kalpana Ramiah, DrPH, MSc, said. “I am touched by their generosity and commitment to addressing inequities, and I am privileged to work with someone who sees equity as our North Star.”
Siegel and Cooper announced their donation in an April 23 letter to Ramiah:
Dear Dr. Ramiah:
We are pleased to donate $100,000 to the Essential Hospitals Institute (EHI).
The COVID19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for essential hospitals and their communities. Through research, education, and leadership development, EHI is uniquely positioned to ensure these hospitals excel as they serve their highly vulnerable communities in this crisis. This is especially important, given the great racial, ethnic, and income disparities in the incidence of COVID19 we are now seeing. These inequities are rooted in the social risk factors that EHI has long worked to resolve. The Institute’s work also will contribute to the vast recovery work to follow. We look forward to those better days ahead.
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the vulnerable. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at essentialhospitals.org.
About Essential Hospitals Institute
Essential Hospitals Institute is the research, education, dissemination, and leadership development arm of America’s Essential Hospitals. The Institute supports the nation’s essential hospitals as they provide high-quality, equitable, and affordable care to their communities. Working with members of America’s Essential Hospitals, we identify promising practices from the field, conduct research, disseminate innovative strategies, and help our members improve their organizational performance. We do all of this with an eye toward improving individual and population health, especially for vulnerable people.