I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy during this difficult time when we are threatened by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Helping to protect our communities against such threats is at the core of our 50-year mission. Many of the dedicated providers across the region are part of the SIU School of Medicine family. In times like these, our doctors, together with our faculty, researchers, staff and learners, help to make us SIU STRONG.
For those of you who have helped us throughout the years, thank you for your ongoing support. A number of you have asked how you can help. Below are some areas where a gift will make a difference as we work our way through this COVID-19 pandemic and look to life after this challenging period for SIU School of Medicine and all medical providers. Here are some of the ways that your gift to the SIU STRONG Pandemic Fund can help the communities we serve during this time.
- The Family & Community Medicine Food Pharmacy provides food and hygiene products to those affected by this crisis.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), supplies for our front-line workers and other measures that will promote the health of the community, remain in high demand. Your gift helps us provide optimal care to maintain the safety of all.
- Telehealth Services are currently being used to offer our patients primary and specialty care while they remain safe at home. Telehealth preserves the continuity of care for our health care professionals and their patients.
- The Medical Student Emergency Fund is available to help medical students who may be experiencing unforeseen situations due to the pandemic that impact or interrupt their academic coursework.
Thank you for considering a gift to the SIU STRONG Pandemic Fund, giving us the tools to remain flexible and fulfill our mission. Your gift today will make a significant difference. To learn more about how we continue to care for our community in collaboration with our hospital partners and state and local officials, follow us on our Facebook page or by visiting siumed.edu.
You are all valued members of the SIU School of Medicine Family and together, we are SIU STRONG. Please stay safe and healthy.
Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH SIU School of Medicine Dean & Provost