Vanderbilt Hospital in Tennessee has received a $1 million donation from the state of Tennessee and is seeking to make sure that patients who were infected with the coronavirus do not get the same treatment.
The donation was made by the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was made in honor of the 50th anniversary of the birth of a new Vanderbilt University Hospital, the Vanderbilt Hospital Foundation announced on its Facebook page.
Vanderbilt’s donation came a day after the hospital announced that it had received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We have a lot of patients who are suffering and our staff is overwhelmed with the grief and the sadness, but I know that it’s a very important step to get the word out,” said Dr. Jennifer Gartland, president and CEO of the Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Gartland said the hospital’s new donation would go toward purchasing new equipment, improving the quality of care, and providing the highest level of care for patients who have been infected with COVID.
Since the start of the coronivirus pandemic, Vanderbilt has seen more than 9,500 cases of coronaviruses, a number that is expected to rise as more people become infected.
The hospital has seen an increase in patients with COID-19, the virus that causes the disease, which is also called coronaviral encephalitis.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that nearly 3.6 million people in the U.S. were living with the disease at the end of 2016.
Dr. Mark Dias, who leads the Vanderbilt Center for Infectious Disease at Vanderbilt University, said the state’s donation would help keep the hospital safe.
While the hospital has received many requests from doctors and hospitals to donate, the hospital needs the funds, he said.
For the first time in its history, the university is offering a matching grant to hospitals that are receiving federal funding, and that’s the only way they can use the funds to get new equipment or to upgrade equipment, Dias said.
The money from the Tennessee Health Foundation will go toward buying new equipment.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced in a statement on Thursday that he would work with the Vanderbilt Foundation to “support our hospitals, the health care system and those who need care.”
The hospital said it will also begin accepting new patients with a coronavirene antibody test and to improve care.
Beverly Dye, a professor of nursing at Vanderbilt, said she hopes the money will allow the hospital to better prepare its staff for the new infections.
Dye said Vanderbilt’s new commitment will help the hospital address the problems of the previous infections.
“We’ve seen some really serious complications for a lot more than just a couple of patients, but it is very clear that the COVID vaccine has made the difference for many of our patients,” Dye said.