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Richmond donor gives $1M to VCU Health

Lobby of VCU Health Gateway Hospital

Challenges others to give to VCU COVID-19 Response Fund

An anonymous donor has made a $1 million gift to VCU Health. In making the gift, the donor challenges others in the community to give an additional $1 million in donations to the VCU COVID-19 Response Fund

The COVID-19 Response Fund will deal with COVID-19 issues facing Richmond and Central Virginia. Specifically, the fund provides unrestricted resources to address critical needs related to:

  • Patient support. Diagnostic and treatment efforts, care, equipment and facilities, home monitoring and transportation.
     
  • Research. Clinical trials, inpatient testing and participation in national efforts as well as research related to creating our own equipment and devices to save lives threatened by COVID-19.
     
  • Medical staff and health sciences student support. Rooms for hospital staff working in COVID-related areas who can’t return home and put their families at risk, increasing child care alternatives and supporting our health sciences students displaced by the COVID-19 crisis.

“The VCU Health System is on the front lines of this historic and unprecedented fight, and I am grateful for this generous support of our courageous and committed care providers,” said Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and the VCU Health System. “This will enable and empower us to find solutions to one of humanity’s most pressing problems."

To support the fund, please visit our VCU COVID-19 Response Fund page.