March 17, 2020
MARSHFIELD – In response to the challenges presented by the coronavirus, Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan have established the Marshfield Clinic Health System/Security Health Plan COVID-19 Community Support Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial resources quickly and easily to local community organizations who can help "flatten the curve" by addressing local needs and issues associated with coronavirus.
As part of our support of the communities we serve, the Community Support Fund will distribute up to $400,000 to initiate or sustain efforts focused on addressing community needs associated with food insecurity, childcare, elder care, emergency transportation or other challenges due to the statewide public health emergency. Eligible organizations include 501(c) non-profits, local government agencies, public health departments and school districts. Non-501(c) organizations may partner with another 501(c) to apply for funding.
"This rapid response funding is just one way we are trying to help support our communities and community organization address local needs associated with COVID-19, such as social distancing measures, assuring continued access to needed basic services and so forth," said Jay Shrader, vice president of Marshfield Clinic Health System' Center for Community Health Advancement.
Slowing the spread of coronavirus is key in reducing the number of ill individuals who may need medical care in the office or hospital. All community members should be exercising caution and following public health guidelines. We encourage everyone to seek coronavirus information from reliable health care resources, including:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
Wisconsin Department of Health Services – www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/Covid-19.htm
World Health Organization – www.who.int/coronavirus
Marshfield Clinic Health System – https://marshfieldclinic.org/
Marshfield Clinic Health System is an integrated health system whose mission is to enrich lives through accessible, affordable compassionate health care. The Health System serves Wisconsin with more than 11,000 employees including over 1,200 providers comprising 86 specialties, health plan, and research and education programs. Primary operations include Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield Medical Center hospitals in Marshfield, Eau Claire, Rice Lake, Neillsville, Beaver Dam and Ladysmith, Marshfield Children's Hospital, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Security Health Plan and Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation. Learn more at marshfieldclinic.org.