Depaul Medical Center is being shut down and all acute and emergency services are being moved to Maryview Medical Center.
While the hospital was getting ready to be closed, there was a $291,000 leftover in medical staff funds that had to be taken care of.
Dr. Stuart Goldwag, President of the DePaul Medical Staff had to take a big decision as to what to do with the $291,000 in medical staff funds. He decided to let it go back to the doctors.
However, the doctors didn’t quite agree to it.
As an alternate route, the doctors wanted to give 290-support staff $500 each. That accounted for $147,500 of the $291,000.
The checks were mailed to the staff members along with a letter of thanks signed by all the doctors.
The letters had this message – We have noticed your extraordinary effort during this time of transition. It has been a pleasure working beside you all these years, and we want to thank you for everything you have done.
Words of appreciation came from the staff workers as they received the checks. One of the workers said, “They could have done anything with those funds, and they magnanimously thought of us. It was just wonderful.”
The doctors’ good deeds didn’t stop here. They sent the remaining $144,000 to five charities that were serving people impacted by COVID-19.
Dr. Goldwag said it very nicely, “You can really impact someone financially with a gift out of the blue that they wouldn’t have expected. I think everyone felt good about it.”
The DePaul Medical Center is set to close next Wednesday. However, people are leaving the institution with goodwill and appreciation rather than a sad heart.
It is not just a good gesture for the staff workers, but a great example for other health institutions too.