Hundreds of thousands of dollars have already been donated to help Pullman Regional Hospital try to deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee has ordered hospitals to suspend elective surgeries and outpatient procedures during the outbreak. Hospital officials predict that the order will cost PRH about 10 million dollars in lost revenue. PRH has already cut hourly pay and salaries by 25% for the next 2 months to try and deal with the drop in revenue.
To help pay for hospital operations PRH has launched a Coronavirus Fund. The fundraising campaign has already raised 400,000 dollars.
Ed and Beatriz Schweitzer and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories based in Pullman have donated lead gifts totaling 200,000 dollars. Early funders also include Mary Steffens Schweitzer, the Steffens Foundation, the PRH Auxiliary and Gene Apperson. College Hill’s Coug Store recently donated 20% of all online apparel sales to the PRH fund.
Over 150 people have donated medical supplies. PRH has received over 3,000 handsewn masks. The Pacific Northwest Farmers Group has donated over 300 N-95 masks.
You can find more information about the PRH Coronavirus Fund here https://info.pullmanregional.org/blog/covid-19-pullman-regional-hospital-fund
The Schweitzer’s and SEL have now donated nearly a half a million dollars just this week to help pay for local hospitals coronavirus response.