The Temple University Hospital (TUH) Medical Staff is donating $75,000 to support several local community organizations. The funds will be distributed to six separate organizations that were selected by the TUH Medical Staff. The Medical Staff had leftover funds from their annual dues because of events that couldn’t be held due to COVID. So, they made the decision to donate them to serve the community.
“We’re pleased and humbled to be able to give back to these deserving organizations that are doing such critical work in our community,” said Eric T. Choi, MD, FACS, Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Temple University Hospital; Professor of Surgery and Professor in the Center for Metabolic Disease Research at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University; Co-Surgical Director at the Temple Heart & Vascular Institute; and President of the TUH Medical Staff.
These community organizations provide a diverse array of services—including socioeconomic community development, education and advocacy for African Americans to reduce the incidence of disease and death from COVID, academic and economic support for children and seniors, harm reduction services to ameliorate the effects of substance use disorder, food distribution to neighbors in need, prevention and intervention services for youth and their families, and more.
“It’s gratifying to be able to turn our Medical Staff dues into ‘do’s” in the community, supporting organizations doing great work to support our community during hard times,” added Mary Kraemer, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University; Director of Palliative Care Education and Director of the Palliative Care Team at TUH; and President-Elect of the TUH Medical Staff.
The TUH Medical Staff voted to distribute the $75,000 in funds to the following organizations: