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Community creates financial relief program to support hospital employees

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A financial relief program has been created through community donations to help UW Health employees facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UW Health expects this program to assist employees working in a wide range of jobs. Employees must fill out an application, found on the employee intranet U-Connect, and if an employee is approved, they will receive $500 as assistance payment added to their next paycheck. The payment is tax free. 

“This is a financially challenging time for many of us, but some are impacted more than others,” said UW Health CEO Dr. Alan Kaplan in a news release. “We talk a lot about care providers like physicians and nurses as healthcare heroes, but healthcare heroes include all staff that work hard to make care possible. This program was set up by donors who wanted to help, and we are grateful for the community support as well as the hard work of our staff.”

Employees who are eligible to apply for financial assistance through this program are hourly employees who earn $18 per hour or less and have been financially impacted by the pandemic.

The program was created with funds raised from the community to support UW Health employees affected by the pandemic. Donations may be made at go.wisc.edu/covidresponse.

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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