From the Executive Director: We are here for you
By: Heather A. Wilson, MSW, CFRE, CAE
We are only half-way through the year, and many are requesting a mulligan for 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic and social injustices coming to light bring uncertainty and deep sadness. The world is unsettled, that is a fact.
The Foundation is not looking for a mulligan. I am proud of our team, navigating these challenges with thoughtfulness and grace. We smoothly transitioned to a remote work environment when stay-at-home orders took place. Physicians’ Health Program participants, LifeGuard clients and medical students were served – the work of the Foundation never stopped. Thanks to the preparation of our program leadership, we thoughtfully anticipated the needs of our clients and beneficiaries.
Giving to the Foundation has grown during this unprecedented time. Now, more than ever, the services of the PHP are crucial and relevant – support has remained strong, and we are grateful.
The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society is working closely with the PAMED to put resources in the hands of our physicians. Members can take advantage of a free subscription to the mindfulness app Headspace for one year. The PHP has created a webpage with a comprehensive array of resources for those facing the stressful effects of treating patients in this pandemic.
Before our Foundation Board meeting on June 19, Board Chair Virginia Hall, MD, posted a statement condemning social injustice and systemic racism. Under the guidance of Foundation trustees Gwendolyn Poles, DO and Lynda Thomas-Mabine, MD, the PHP will explore potential services addressing traumatic events attributed to systemic racism in the medical community and beyond. Our Foundation medical student trustees Anuranita Gupta and John Curtis, will also work with PAMED to help medical students move through unprecedented circumstances.
During this time of remote service and heartbreaking upheaval, I am grateful for the spirit of care, flexibility and innovation shown by our thoughtful trustees and dedicated staff. As we prepare for what comes next, the Foundation is here for you. We are fully operational. Procedures are continually updated to protect the health and well-being of those we work beside and those we serve. We thank you for your critical investments that sustain us and help us to fulfill our daily mission.