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Peoples Bank donates $100K to COVID-19 relief

Peoples Bank President and CEO Chuck Sulerzyski, left, and Memorial Health Foundation director Jarrett Stull, after Sulerzyski presented a $100,000 matching gift to the foundation. (Photo Provided)

From staff reports

Peoples Bank President and CEO Chuck Sulerzyski presented a $100,000 matching gift Friday to the Memorial Health Foundation for Memorial Health System for COVID-19 relief.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has surged in our region in the last several weeks. We are so lucky to have a great health system to provide the care we need during this battle,” he said. “The challenges being faced today by our local health system providers are straining despite their preparedness and management of resources.”

He said Peoples Bank and its employees wanted to make a financial commitment which could have a meaningful impact in the health system’s fight.

“By offering the match incentive, it is hoped other businesses and individuals who have the financial strength to do so, will donate to support this need,” he said.

Members of Marietta Memorial Hospital’s pastoral care team prepare to visit COVID-19 patients at the hospital Friday. (Photo Provided)

In addition to Peoples Bank, several other area businesses are announcing their pledge to help. Bank of America, Williamstown Fund for Excellence at Marietta Community Foundation, Par Mar Oil, PROMANCO and the Lehman Family, Solvay, and the McDonough Corporation have also committed an additional $30,000, with a total of $330,00 to date, according to Memorial Health Foundation president David Haas.

Jarrett Stull, Memorial Health Foundation director, expressed his thanks to these businesses and others who have supported the health system since the beginning of the pandemic.

“Many individuals and businesses have been instrumental in providing support to our team members and system and we are grateful,” he said. “From feeding team members to sending notes of support to helping secure additional ventilators and other necessary equipment, the outpouring from our community is strong.”

The COVID Relief fund provides urgent and vital resources where they are needed most on the front lines in caring for patients and the people who care for them as efforts continue to address and stop the spread of COVID-19.

“At times of crisis, this fund allows us to immediately deploy resources where they can make the most impact to support patients and frontline caregivers,” said Dr. Dan Breece, vice president of physician services and chief medical officer. “We are grateful to Peoples Bank for leading the community response with this incredible match incentive.”

As the region’s not-for-profit healthcare provider, Memorial Health System continues to be prepared to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, as cases continue to rise, needs evolve daily that place significant new demands on the health system.

This includes adding additional intensive care unit bed capacity, developing COVID-19 units to isolate and treat patients, additional staffing, new policies and procedures, increased medical equipment and supplies and support they provide those working the front lines.

If anyone is interested in participating in the COVID Relief challenge, or donating any amount to the fund, please visit mhsystem.org/covidrelief.

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