June 2011

Assistance for Victims of Joplin Tornado, Pierre Flooding

CHI is committed to helping ministry colleagues affected by the devastating late-May tornado in Joplin, MO, and the flooding now taking place in Pierre, SD.

Nine CHI employees who live in the Joplin area are safe, although some of them experienced damage to their homes and property.

Pierre and surrounding communities are experiencing destructive flooding of the Missouri River as a result of heavy snowmelt and recent heavy rains in the region. Flooded areas are expected to remain flooded through mid-July, and possibly through early August. Dozens of employees and physicians who practice at St. Mary's have had to evacuate their homes and may not be able to return to them until August. Additional employees are on standby for possible evacuation orders.

Some market-based organizations and national offices are sponsoring fundraising events to assist in relief efforts, and many individual employees have asked how they can help. To provide direct support to CHI colleagues in Joplin and Pierre, employees are being encouraged to make contributions to the CHI Employee Financial Assistance Fund.

In addition, CHI is making two contributions on behalf of the CHI Board of Stewardship Trustees and associates across the system. One contribution will be made to a fund designated for employees who have been devastated by these natural disasters. Another contribution will help St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin and its employees. CHI will evaluate needs in Pierre as the situation there continues to develop.