NEW YORK -- The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced Friday it has established a dedicated Emergency Employee Resource Center to assist its employees who have suffered catastrophic devastation as a result of Hurricane Sandy. In a reflection of its commitment, North Shore-LIJ President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dowling said proceeds from Lenox Hill Hospital’s annual fundraising gala this Monday evening at the Waldforf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, which historically amount to more than $2 million, will be donated to the employee relief fund, as well as charities supporting other disaster victims in the community.
“We have decided to redirect all funds raised at the Lenox Hill Hospital Autumn Ball toward efforts that immediately benefit those hurt or displaced by Hurricane Sandy,” said Mr. Dowling. The hospital’s annual black tie fundraiser will be scaled back so more proceeds can be used to assist storm victims. The event will honor global humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, and also include a performance by singer Cyndi Lauper.
The 16-hospital health system, which employs more than 44,000 throughout New York City and Long Island, has already learned of more than 400 employees whose families have been displaced from their homes due to fire and severe flooding.
“Four days after the worst storm to hit the New York area since 1938 has left our area, we as a health system can take great pride in how we responded during the storm,” Mr. Dowling said. “Our ability to meet the needs of communities we serve throughout New York City and Long Island and assist other New York area hospitals in distress was nothing short of remarkable. While Sandy has passed, much work remains. That includes taking care of our own employees, who continued to work even though many lost their homes, cars and personal possessions in the storm.”
As a first step, North Shore-LIJ is trying to get help to employees who have lost their homes temporarily or permanently, or who have no means of transportation. In addition to housing and transportation, the health system will assist in providing employees in getting medical attention, crisis counseling, meals and other third-party resources .
Those wishing to support the effort can send a donation by check payable to the North Shore-LIJ Hurricane Sandy Employee Relief Fund and mail it to: NSLIJ Health System Foundation, 125 Community Drive, Great Neck, NY, 11021, or contribute on line at: https://support.northshorelij.com/sandyrelief