MONTROSE, CO – Montrose Memorial Hospital has been awarded a $12,500 grant from Union Pacific’s Community Ties Giving Program to help offset costs endured during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant is not for a specific objective other than to help the hospital meet its mission during this difficult time.
“We understand every community has its own unique needs,” said Scott Moore, senior vice president-Corporate Relations and chief administrative officer, and Union Pacific Foundation President. “This funding will go directly to those impacted, providing the assistance they need to survive and recover from the outbreak.”
Given the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Union Pacific’s Community Ties Giving Program allocated additional funding for COVID-19 Relief Grants to address critical community needs associated with the pandemic. Union Pacific’s Community Ties Giving Program provides small-and medium-sized grants that align with the railroad’s priority cause areas in safety, workforce development and community spaces.
Surgeries and elective procedures are the primary source of revenue for hospitals. By following the American College of Surgeons guidelines during the pandemic and closing down these services, the hospital sustained a significant financial hit – ultimately causing a reduction in force of nineteen employees. “We are doing all we can to recover from the financial losses due to COVID-19 and to ensure that MMH will be here to care for our communities in the future,” read a statement from Montrose Memorial Hospital CEO James Kiser in May.