The aftermath and ongoing effects of Hurricane Harvey have been truly devastating to many of the citizens of the Gulf Coast of Texas. I know that we are all extending our heartfelt sympathies and concern for the families, friends, and communities impacted by this devastating event.
We at ASHP have been in ongoing contact with ASHP affiliate the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP). We are also hearing directly from our members in Texas, some of whom have been directly affected by this catastrophic event. The stories are both frightening and compelling, including from members who have continued to provide round-the-clock care to their patients while their loved ones are dealing with flooding and evacuations. It’s a true reminder about the fragility of life and the power of Mother Nature, as well as the selfless and vital roles that pharmacists play as the medication therapy experts on the interprofessional team at all times, including during times of crisis.
Given the catastrophic nature of this terrible event, ASHP will be making a cash donation to the Texas Hospital Association (THA) Employee Assistance Fund, along with a dollar-for-dollar match for our ASHP staff members who also wish to contribute. ASHP will also make available various ASHP products and services on an in-kind basis. THA created the Employee Assistance Fund for hospital employees whose lives have been impacted by the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, and 100 percent of the donations will go to those who were affected. There are, of course, many charities that ASHP members and others can consider contributing to, some of which are included in this list from National Public Radio.
ASHP stands ready to assist in any way we can. We will remain in ongoing contact with our affiliate, TSHP, and our members in the Gulf Coast area, and we will keep you up-to-date as new developments arise. ASHP also continues to monitor Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Louisiana and is in touch with our affiliate, the Louisiana Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and our members in Louisiana. We will be prepared to assist if the situation in Louisiana escalates.
I know that we, as pharmacists, members of ASHP, and citizens of this great country, all stand together with our colleagues and their families and friends, and all members of the Gulf Coast communities that were affected by this terrible storm. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers, and do whatever you can to provide support through whatever means.