Strange, unpredictable, deadly
COVID-19 is a strange virus. And James Simpson’s battle with COVID is the strangest Dr. Jason Prasso has seen.
“We thought he was going to die,” said Prasso, a pulmonary and critical care specialist who oversaw James’ care since the day he was admitted to the intensive care unit at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH).
“His case has been a humbling experience. What it made us realize is just how unpredictable this disease is.”
Our Emergency Fund
As we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we face many unknowns. What is clear, though, is that our patients in South LA are at high risk. Often, during moments of crisis, it is communities like ours that are hit the hardest. With your support, we can make sure our patients stay safe, with a minimum of impact and a maximum of the care they will need.
Our Emergency Fund ensures that we can respond to our patients’ and the hospital’s needs as they evolve. This fund allows us to be flexible and responsive, allocating resources where they’re needed most as the crisis continues to evolve.
Generous gifts have helped to:
Expand our telehealth services
Protect our patients while providing quality care
Create community tools
Launched a community health information campaign with digital and print tools
Fund a triage call center
Offers answers and guidance to concerned community members
Cover the cost of hotel rooms
For frontline staff out of concern for the safety of their families
Expand the number of hospital beds
Supported by staffing increases and improved telemonitoring capabilities
Expand palliative care
Supports patients in post-acute recovery
During these times, we remain committed to the mission that has always guided us: Provide high-quality and compassionate care to our South LA community.
Thank you for standing in support of our doctors and nurses on the front line, and for joining our fight against COVID-19.
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Thank you to our supporters
Our community is rallying around us. Thank you to individuals and organizations that have made gifts and in-kind donations to support our hospital's response efforts—including the International Medical Corps for the donation of two medical tents and volunteers who have sewn isolation gowns and printed face shields.
Check back soon for a full list of our supporters.