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Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation in Springfield launches COVID-19 Fund with $25,000 gift from the OCCU Foundation

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created new challenges across the globe. To help respond to those challenges locally, PeaceHealth has created COVID-19 Emergency Response Funds in each of its communities: Eugene-Springfield, Cottage Grove and Florence.

Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation recently launched a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund thanks to a generous $25,000 donation from the OCCU Foundation. The fund will be used to support Sacred Heart Medical Center’s COVID-19 response efforts, such as testing, patient care, clinical and administrative staff support and training, and other needed resources and equipment.

“We’re so grateful to our longtime community partners, Oregon Community Credit Union (OCCU) and the OCCU Foundation, for providing the seed gift that will enable this fund to grow. This fund will help our caregivers and providers nimbly address urgent needs related to COVID-19 as they arise,” said Tim France, PeaceHealth Oregon chief development officer.

“Helping to ensure that our community is healthy and thriving is a top priority for the OCCU Foundation. As we navigate the impacts of COVID-19 during these unprecedented times, we are committed to supporting efforts to help strengthen the overall health and stability of our community,” said Ron Neumann, president & CEO of OCCU and OCCU Foundation Board Chair. “Supporting the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund allows us to quickly leverage and direct resources toward the critical services needed during these challenging times.”

Community members who wish to make a monetary donation to support Sacred Heart’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, or similar funds for PeaceHealth hospitals in Cottage Grove and Florence, may visit our website and click the “donate today” button.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at