Senator Yudichak Announces Over 800,000 Pieces of COVID-19 Safety Supplies Delivered to Area Nursing Homes Through the NEPA Nursing Home SOS Program

Nanticoke, October 28, 2020 – State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) joined partners of the NEPA Nursing Home SOS program at the Meadows Campus to announce that with over $1 million raised, the NEPA Nursing Home SOS program has distributed 828,825 items of PPE, infection control, and symptom screening materials to over 30 facilities in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Carbon and Monroe counties.

Established in April 2020 and administered by AllOne Foundation & Charities, the NEPA Nursing Home SOS program includes a planning partnership with the Pennsylvania Health Care Association and LeadingAge PA — two of the leading long-term care organizations in the state. Since its creation, the Luzerne Foundation and Carbon County Community Foundation have stepped up to help raise money for the program and the counties of Luzerne and Lackawanna joined the effort by contributing a combined $500,000 in CARES Act funding.

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 2A of 2020 which provided $245 million to nursing home facilities across Pennsylvania.

State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) 

“In early March, leaders in the long-term care industry told us that the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic was Pennsylvania nursing homes, and they sounded the alarm that our nursing home residents and the healthcare heroes who care for them were not getting the resources they needed to combat the virus,” said State Senator John Yudichak.”

“To their great credit, the AllOne Foundation, under the leadership of Chairman John Moses, seized the opportunity to create a public-private partnership, known as the NEPA Nursing Home SOS Program, that has raised over $1 million and quickly became a national model of efficiency in delivering personal protection equipment to over thirty nursing homes in northeastern Pennsylvania,” added Senator Yudichak.

David Pedri, Luzerne County Manager 

“When it was identified that our long-term care facilities in Luzerne County were going to need assistance from local entities, Senator Yudichak led the way. Northeastern Pennsylvania and Luzerne County always take care of their own and that is evident with the formation and success of the NEPA Nursing Home SOS Program,” said David Pedri, Manager, Luzerne County. “Luzerne County was more than happy to support this important cause and we look forward to working together with all of the partners involved in continuing to protect our seniors from the coronavirus.” 

Lackawanna County Commissioners (Jerry Notarianni)

“The NEPA Nursing Home SOS Program is a great example of intergovernmental cooperation.  Lackawanna County was pleased to be able to participate in this very worthwhile initiative and to provide significant financing to help make it a reality,” said Jerry Notarianni, Lackawanna County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. “COVID-19 is real and dangerous. Protecting those on the front lines and assisting in caring for the elderly in all of the communities involved speaks volumes for everyone’s commitment to helping our neighbors and all families.” 

John Cosgrove, Executive Director, AllOne Foundation & Charities

“The leadership at AllOne Foundation & Charities has been exceptionally clear about our mission from the start. We are to get these resources to where they will do the most good. When COVID-19 hit our most vulnerable seniors and those caring for them so hard, we knew we had to act and act fast,” said John Cosgrove, Executive Director, AllOne Foundation & Charities. “AllOne Foundation & Charities has a robust network of creative and caring partners and we are gratified to be working with them on this most vital and impactful program.”

 

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