Senator Yudichak announces over $1 million raised for NEPA Nursing Home SOS Program with $500,000 investment from Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties

Nanticoke, June 4, 2020 – State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon) joined Luzerne County Manager David Pedri and Lackawanna County Commissioners, Jerry Notarianni, Debi Domenick, and Chris Chermak, to announce over $1 million has been raised by the NEPA Nursing Home SOS Program to assist the region’s nursing homes who are at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luzerne County and Lackawanna County, through federal COVID-19 pandemic relief funds, will direct $250,000 per county to AllOne Foundation and Charities, which serves as the administrative agent of the NEPA Nursing Home SOS Program.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported more than 3,600 nursing home residents have died during the pandemic accounting for two-thirds of all COVID-19 deaths in Pennsylvania. In Luzerne County, over sixty percent of all COVID-19 deaths are nursing home residents. In Lackawanna County, over eighty percent of all COVID-19 deaths have been nursing home residents.

AllOne Foundation and Charities, with the assistance of State Senator John Yudichak and a generous $250,000 private donation from the Earth Conservancy, established the NEPA Nursing Home SOS Program to answer the distressing call from area nursing homes that lacked adequate resources and supplies to battle a global pandemic that threatened to overwhelm their facilities. The NEPA Nursing Home SOS Program is a locally-driven, innovative public-private partnership that has been able to leverage public and private dollars to effectively and efficiently deliver life-saving supplies to the front-line fight against the novel coronavirus in our nursing homes. To date, the NEPA Nursing Home SOS program has secured $317,250 in COVID-19 safety supplies and distributed those supplies to thirty nursing home facilities in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Carbon, and Monroe counties.

The NEPA Nursing Home SOS Program, with its statewide partners the Pennsylvania Health Care Association and LeadingAge PA, has also been a significant advocacy voice in legislative efforts that have recently led to the passage of Act 24 of 2020 that will drive nearly $300 million in critical funding to long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania.

State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon)

“With the significant funding Luzerne County and Lackawanna County leaders are bringing to the NEPA Nursing Home SOS Program, they are demonstrating bold, regional leadership to battle the COVID-19 pandemic head on by protecting vulnerable residents in our nursing homes, supporting our front-line health care heroes, and working together on solutions to help their respective counties move beyond the pandemic to help save the livelihoods of countless county residents who have lost their jobs during this prolonged public health care emergency,” said State Senator John Yudichak.

David Pedri, Luzerne County Manager

“Here in northeastern Pennsylvania, when there is a need, we take care of each other” said David Pedri, Luzerne County Manager. “Right now, our nursing homes need help fighting COVID 19, so I would like to thank Lackawanna County, Senator Yudichak, the All One Foundation and the Earth Conservancy for stepping up and joining with Luzerne County to offer real assistance to our seniors.”

Lackawanna County Commissioners (Jerry Notarianni, Debi Domenick, Chris Chermak)

“Lackawanna County is more than happy to do our part with a $250,000 allocation that will help protect our region’s most vulnerable citizens,” said the Lackawanna County Commissioners. “We want to thank everyone involved in this important initiative that is strategically addressing the key personal protective equipment supply issues with our area’s long-term care facilities.”

John Cosgrove, Executive Director, AllOne Foundation and Charities

“With this generous added funding from both Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, we’re taking what was at first a localized effort and turning it into an even bigger, more regional initiative,” said John Cosgrove, Executive Director, AllOne Foundation and Charities. “I’m extremely proud that AllOne Foundation and Charities is a part of such a significant and innovative partnership that has taken the lead in protecting our most vulnerable citizens, which has to be our top priority as we continue the fight against the novel coronavirus.”

Contact:

Brad Hurley (bhurley@pasen.gov)