PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Highmark Health has set up a $5 million 'Heroes Appreciation Program" for Allegheny Health Network's COVID-19 frontline hospital employees.
The fund is meant to help offset costs incurred by employees during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve experienced in our lifetimes,” said David Holmberg, Highmark Health president and CEO. “Despite the uncertainty, AHN employees have come through in a big way for the people of Western Pennsylvania at this critical time. We felt it was important to come through for them, and to demonstrate our profound appreciation for their personal sacrifice, courage, resilience, and unwavering commitment to the people and communities we serve.”
Nurses, medical assistants, therapists, technicians, social workers, environmental services professionals, dietary services workers and maintenance staff are among the 12,000 AHN employees expected to benefit from the program..
“Our employees have been absolutely amazing in helping us respond to the unprecedented challenges of this public health crisis,” said Cynthia Hundorfean, president and CEO, AHN. “No matter what has been asked of them, and no matter the personal cost, they’ve routinely answered the call to keep our patients safe and provide them with the exceptional care and comfort they have needed. They are indeed the ‘heroes’ of this story.”