Golden Cross Commits $500,000 To Respond To COVID-19
Funds to assist in pastoral services for patients as well as provide for needs of frontline workers at Methodist Health System
The Golden Cross Division of the Methodist Health System Foundation recently made a milestone contribution of $500,000 toward Methodist’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. A total of $250,000 has been designated to support the following efforts of Methodist:
- Pastoral services and the provision of iPads and care packages to help patients stay connected with loved ones during periods of isolation
- Childcare and elder care for frontline healthcare workers
In addition, Golden Cross designated that the remaining $250,000 be used as a Challenge Grant to encourage others to support Methodist through North Texas Giving Tuesday Now on May 5. This challenge grant was met and is a meaningful demonstration of the mission and ministry of Golden Cross and the visionary spirit of its founders.
The frontline healthcare providers at Methodist Health System continue responding to the needs of the North Texas community during this COVID-19 pandemic. The Golden Cross matching grant will support the brave work of frontline colleagues in the following areas of extraordinary need:
- Staffing and overtime
- Protective equipment and infrastructure
- Patient care for the underserved
Established in 1921, Golden Cross formally became a ministry of the North Texas Conference, establishing an important relationship with The United Methodist Church in North Texas and the Methodist Health System. Through the years, the mission of Golden Cross has been to enhance the health and wellness of individuals living in communities within the North Texas Conference who do not have access to high-quality health care.
As the number of those infected with COVID-19 continues to rise in our community, Methodist Health System is well-positioned to be a frontline resource for those in need during this unprecedented time. Recent media coverage indicates that underserved communities in North Texas may be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 due to socioeconomic pressures imposed on these communities. As the only healthcare provider in the historically under-resourced areas of the southern sector of Dallas County, Methodist is preparing to meet and address overwhelming community needs.
Published: Wednesday, May 13, 2020