Health Care & Insurance  January 12, 2023

Kaiser Permanente donates $650,000 to Red Cross

DENVER — Kaiser Permanente has donated $650,000 to the Red Cross to meet the needs of individuals affected by disasters in Colorado and across the country.

The investment is in addition to $350,000 that Kaiser donated in 2022 to Red Cross Disaster Relief after the Marshall Fire and is intended to help the Red Cross prepare for future emergencies, according to a press release announcing the funding.

“Unfortunately, we’ve seen the numbers of weather-related disasters increase in Colorado and elsewhere. And at Kaiser Permanente, we’ve seen the resulting immediate and long-term impact that disasters have on health and well-being,” Mike Ramseier, regional president of Kaiser Permanente, said in a prepared statement. “We make it a priority to invest in the health and resilience of the communities where we live and work. That’s why helping our neighbors who were affected by disasters like the Marshall Fire is the right thing to do, and we want to help get ahead of what’s next.”

The Red Cross responds to more than 60,000 disasters across the nation annually. Annual Disaster Giving Program members like Kaiser Permanente are truly extraordinary because they understand the importance of having vital resources in place before a crisis strikes — and that’s even more critical now as disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, and storms are increasingly frequent and intense,” Anne McKeough, chief development officer for the American Red Cross, said in a prepared statement. “As we continue to see more severe disasters, more often, in the face of the climate crisis, we are extremely grateful for these forward-thinking donors who ensure we can grow our capacity to help people across the country in their darkest hours.”

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