For Immediate Release:
May 27, 2020

National Hospice Foundation Awards Grants for PPE

Grants are distributed through NHF’s Workforce Emergency Support Fund

(Alexandria, Va) – Hospice providers across the nation continue to face a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) while the need to protect their frontline workers and the vulnerable patients and families they serve is more critical than ever. As a result, prices are rising, and many providers are facing problems in affording PPE including eye and face protection, hand protection, and body protection. To help mitigate the financial challenge faced by our hospice community, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s fundraising affiliate, the National Hospice Foundation (NHF), is providing grants to member hospices through the NHF Workforce Emergency Support Fund.

As of today, 12 hospices that have demonstrated significant need have been selected for grants up to $2,500 to purchase PPE. The grants were funded by the Cambia Health Foundation and other generous donors. To date, NHF has received more than $55,000 in donations to support the PPE grant initiative. The team at NHF and NHPCO continue to receive applications and will award grants through the summer.

All current NHPCO provider members are eligible to apply for a PPE grant.  

An additional way that NHPCO is supporting the purchase of PPE for hospice providers is through the proceeds of the NHPCO Hospice Music Project’s new recording The World Around the Bed: Songs of hope and healing. Featuring 11 original songs created from the experience of hospice heroes from across the country, The World Around the Bed… reflects the joys, sorrows, difficult and challenging times, and even the lighthearted and humorous moments that are a part of life’s journey. The album may be purchased through the NHPCO Marketplace online or by calling NHPCO at 800-646-6460. The World Around the Bed… is also available on Amazon Music or iTunes.

“We are grateful to be in a position to offer needed funding for PPE. Our members are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide critically important care in their communities – they must have the proper equipment to keep their staff and their patients safe. The PPE grants are an important part of NHPCO’s comprehensive approach to responding to this public health crisis,” said Edo Banach, President and CEO of NHPCO and NHF.

For anyone interested in supporting the NHF Workforce Emergency Support Fund, the secure donation online portal is currently open.

As the attention of the world remains focused on COVID-19, NHPCO offers relevant and timely resources for community-based hospice providers serving patients and families where they live at nhpco.org/coronavirus.

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Contact:
Jon Radulovic
Vice President, Communications
Ph: 571-412-3973
jradulovic@nhpco.org

About NHF National Hospice Foundation, the fundraising affiliate of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, is dedicated to creating resources for individuals and their families facing serious and life-limiting illness, raising awareness and increasing access to hospice and palliative care, and providing ongoing professional education and skills development to hospice and palliative care professionals.