Earlier this month, Suncoast Credit Union announced a $1 million donation to provide economic relief to those affected by COVID-19 in the communities the credit union serves, while focusing on three primary areas of need: healthcare, hunger, and education. Today, Lee Health Foundation announced it has received $100,000 from its long-time community partner to aid in ways the funds will be most impactful in the fight against COVID-19.

Lee Health is using donations to the Helping Frontline Heroes fund to work through the continued challenges presented by the pandemic. The needs change on a daily basis, and supportive funding is crucial. While the non-profit healthcare system is on the frontline of the health crisis, facing its own economic challenges, it continues to serve the community, caring for its safety and wellbeing – physically and emotionally. Which is why donations have supported everything from critical resources such as additional medical equipment and supplies, to employee relief and increased technology including iPads to keep employees and patients connected with family.

In making the significant contribution, Suncoast recognizes the need for a community effort, with everyone doing their part to combat the pandemic as well as safely rebuild to a new normal. For some, the call is for financial support. Suncoast is challenging the Southwest Florida community to join them and show support for the healthcare heroes on the frontline of the crisis.

“While we are focused on supporting our members financially, we feel a moral obligation to support other basic needs during this very challenging time. We admire and are inspired by other charitable organizations who are providing relief through private donations like ours,” said Suncoast Credit Union President & CEO Kevin Johnson. “People are struggling through no fault of their own and because of the support of our Board of Directors, Suncoast is committed to doing what we can to address these serious needs.”

Suncoast Credit Union has been an essential partner of Lee Health and Golisano Children’s Hospital for many years, working together on initiatives where the values of the organization align with the mission of the healthcare system. Over the past few years, Suncoast has funded a classroom at Golisano Children’s Hospital as well as supported the in-house school teacher so patients may continue to meet their educational goals. Made possible in part by Suncoast Credit Union through Kids’ Minds Matter – the pediatric mental and behavioral health fund at Lee Health, two mental health care

navigators were placed in Lee County Schools this year. Most recently, Suncoast Credit Union has supported the expansion of pediatric ophthalmology services at Golisano Children’s Services.

“Year after year, when it comes to funding the critical needs of our community to advance healthcare or education, Suncoast Credit Union comes through for Southwest Florida,” commented Chris Simoneau, Chief Foundation and Development Officer at Lee Health. “We are truly grateful for the long term partnership we have with Suncoast, enabling Lee Health to advance our region’s healthcare in critical areas like pediatric ophthalmology, mental health, and now COVID-19. Their focus on providing solutions makes them an ideal partner.”

To learn more about Lee Health’s efforts as well as opportunities to aid in the local fight against COVID-19, visit LeeHealthFoundation.org.

About Suncoast Credit Union

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the ninth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 10th largest in the United States based on its $11.4 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 71 full-service branches and serves more than 884,000 members in the following 39 Florida counties: Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $29 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com or follow us on social media at: Facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion, Linkedin.com/company/suncoastcreditunion, Twitter.com/SuncoastCU or Instagram.com/suncoastcreditunion.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at LeeHealth.org.