Lee Health Foundation has received $25,000 from community partner Fifth Third Bank to help address the immediate and evolving needs arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Southwest Florida. While the needs are changing on a daily basis and long-term effects of the novel coronavirus are unknown, supportive funding has been crucial to providing necessary equipment, support and assistance to employees, patients and families.

“We are making this $25,000 donation to support Lee Health and Golisano Children’s Hospital, who need additional resources to support patients and frontline staff who have been impacted by the virus,” said David Call, regional president of Fifth Third Bank. “This pandemic is impacting all segments of the population, especially the most vulnerable members of our communities who may be disproportionately affected by current events.”

Lee Health is using donations to the Helping Frontline Heroes fund to work through the continued challenges presented by the pandemic. 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. Donations have supported critical resources such as additional medical equipment and supplies, personal protective equipment, employee relief and increased technology including iPads to keep employees and patients connected with family.

“This pandemic struck quickly and affected all elements of our Southwest Florida community, but especially the health and wellbeing of our residents,” shared Chris Simoneau, Chief Foundation and Development Officer at Lee Health. “When we reached out to our friends and colleagues at Fifth Third Bank for their help in responding to this medical crisis, they immediately responded affirmatively, like the great partner that they are. We are truly grateful for their support.”

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About Fifth Third

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the indirect parent company of Fifth Third Bank, National Association, a federally chartered institution. As of March 31, 2020, Fifth Third had $185 billion in assets and operated 1,123 full-service banking centers and 2,464 ATMs with Fifth Third branding in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. In total, Fifth Third provides its customers with access to approximately 53,000 fee-free ATMs across the United States. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending and Wealth & Asset Management. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2020, had $374 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $42 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust and Registered Investment Advisory businesses. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Deposit and Credit products are offered by Fifth Third Bank, National Association. Member FDIC.

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.