AT&T Foundation Contributes $20,000 to Baptist Health
Ensuring high-risk senior patients can remain safely at home during COVID-19 crisis
May 28, 2020 | Jacksonville, Fla.
Jacksonville, Fla., May 20, 2020 – Baptist Health will provide necessities to homebound patients 65 and older during the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation. The donation will provide non-perishable food, prepared meals, hygiene items and paper products to Baptist AgeWell and Primary Care senior patients who are identified as having high risk. Baptist Health social workers and volunteers will follow up with senior patients in the program to provide a friendly connection to make sure they have the necessary items.
“During a recent study of the health needs in our community, senior health was identified as a priority,” said Melanie Patz, vice president of Community Investment and Impact for Baptist Health. “Seniors face challenges including falls, isolation, poverty, and most recently, COVID-19. This financial support will enable us to expand our efforts to ensure our seniors can remain healthy at home.”
Baptist AgeWell provides primary care and other medical services for 1,800 patients who are 65 and older, many of whom are medically vulnerable. The average age of an AgeWell patient is 81. Enabling these seniors to stay at home safely and avoid hospital visits is a priority.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging daily life as we know it and Florida’s healthcare professionals are operating on the frontlines of this crisis,” said Kevin Craig, regional director, AT&T External Affairs. “With those in mind who have to leave their families every day to help others, the AT&T Foundation is proud to team up with Baptist Health to provide for Jacksonville’s medical professionals and the people they are helping. These brave men and women represent the best of us and we are pleased to offer our support.”