Like you, those of us at Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) find ourselves heartbroken by the stories and images coming out of the country of Ukraine. Innocent men, women and children have been forced to live in fear and flee from their homes as the Russian invasion intensifies.
With strong international aid experience, a European health care presence and direct contacts in Ukraine, we are in a unique position to help support relief efforts. BSMH has pledged $500,000 to aid the people of Ukraine. This is on top of the nearly $200,000 already provided by Bon Secours Ireland and BSMH Global Ministries to Catholic Relief Services, Americares and Medical Help Ukraine.
Additionally, our team members, board members and donors continue to give and, to date, have donated more than $200,000, to which an additional $50,000 in matching dollars was added from BSMH Global Ministries’ disaster fund.
The Bon Secours Mercy Health Foundation has made it easy for you to join our efforts with 100 percent of your financial donation going toward emergency relief aid.
The needs of the Ukrainian people are great and will be ongoing. Please consider making your donation to the people of Ukraine and encouraging others to do so by visiting our website. Your secure donation can be made by credit card, ACH payment or via PayPal.
Your generous gift will be used to:
- purchase medical supplies and transport them to hospitals in Ukraine
- provide food, shelter and mental health services for refugees at the border
- support refugees relocating to other nations
- other needs as they arise and the crisis evolves
“As a ministry, we are focused on bringing good help to those in need, both home and abroad, and when we see people suffering, we know we must take action,” John Starcher, BSMH CEO, shares. “Our ministry leaders in Ireland and the United States are actively engaged, having made contact through close partners with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine to identify exactly what is needed and how we can mobilize support.”
Less than two weeks into the war, trucks of supplies purchased in Poland entered Ukraine. Our donors’ gifts purchased intubation kits, resuscitation masks, ortho collars, catheters and hemostatic dressings for hemorrhage control. All Ukrainian hospitals are in desperate need of these items.
BSMH Global Ministries is utilizing two partners to mobilize support: Medical Help Ukraine, a group of Ukrainian doctors working in Ireland who have banded together to deliver medical aid, and the Polish Rescue Organization, an independent, nonprofit organization founded by doctors that is purchasing medical supplies for Ukraine. These identified partners will continue to procure supplies in Europe and transport them while supply channels in Ukraine remain open.
We thank you for your consideration in joining our relief efforts, and please join us in continuing to pray for peace and the Ukrainian people.
Again, you can make your donation to help the people of Ukraine today by visiting our foundation website.