Date: 9/14/2005

Community Healthcare System reaches out to victims of Katrina

The Community Healthcare System presented a check for $194,140 on Wednesday, Sept. 14 to people affected by Hurricane Katrina. The donation to the American Red Cross represented one of the largest donations made by a single corporation in Northwest Indiana.

The donation drive to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina was led by employees of the Community Healthcare System, which includes Community Hospital in Munster; St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago; and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart. It was supported by a matching program — the largest in Northwest Indiana — of up to $100,000 by Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana (CFNI), the parent company of the three local hospitals.

Among the donations collected was a contribution of $16,000 from the medical staffs of Community Healthcare System.

“This very substantial donation is representative of the extreme compassion and giving spirit of the Community Healthcare System, its employees and medical staff,” said Donald S. Powers, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of CFNI. “In addition to the monetary donations, our medical staff is also collecting medical supplies and there are countless individuals within our organization who are working individually and through other community groups to lend their support in the relief effort.”