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Hospital Gets $1 Million Anonymous Donation For Employee Bonuses

“Thank you for standing up (and staying up!) to care for our community.”

Courtesy of Dignity Health Dominican Hospital

An anonymous donor gave $1 million to a Santa Cruz hospital so employees can get bonuses amid the coronavirus outbreak.  

Dignity Health Dominican Hospital announced on Monday the donation was made through the Dominican Hospital Foundation.The hospital said it will disperse the money entirely to employees.

“To the heroes of Dominican Hospital: Thank you for standing up (and staying up!) to care for our community,” the donor, who wished to remain anonymous, said in a letter to hospital employees. “This humankindness is what makes you heroic. Please accept this donation in recognition of and with great thanks for all that you do. And please know that my heart is with you as we seek to protect and care for each other during this challenging time.”

Hospital employees — including custodians, administrative staff, and nurses —who have met a threshold number of hours worked before March 1, 2020 will receive a check within 30 days as of May 4. Full-time workers will receive $800, and part-time staff will receive $600, according to CNN

“We cannot adequately express the depth of our gratitude for this gracious, selfless gift,” Dominican Hospital President Nanette Mickiewicz, MD said in the release. “We are incredibly proud of the work our hospital family is doing in the face of such an unprecedented situation. This generous donation is a testament to their clinical excellence, their tireless dedication and, most of all, their profound humanity.”

Hospital workers have been on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus, which has infected over 3.7 million people worldwide and led to over 260,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.