Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation commits millions to fight COVID-19 in Metro Detroit

Evan James Carter
The Detroit News

Detroit — Eight hospitals in southeast Michigan will soon receive a financial boost to help in their fight against the coronavirus.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation announced Thursday that hospitals in the metro area will receive a portion of $1.5 million committed to supporting caregivers on the "front lines" of the COVID-19 fight.

“We will continue to work through these extremely difficult times with our neighbors, our grantees, and our partners, and rise to the challenges ahead,” said David Egner, president and CEO, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

The recent commitment to hospitals is part of a larger $6 million investment that includes $1 million in funds for United Way for Southeastern Michigan and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, aimed at combating the community effects of the virus.

Local hospitals receiving the funds include:

  • Ascension Michigan
  • Beaumont Health
  • Detroit Medical Center
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • McLaren Health Care
  • St. Joseph Mercy Health System
  • Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan
  • Veterans Health Administration – John D. Dingell VA Medical Center

The $1.5 million will be shared with 10 hospitals in western New York.

The foundation has also committed $2.5 million to organizations in southeast Michigan and western New York assisting caregivers, small businesses and entrepreneurs, nonprofits and early childhood care.


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