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Meeting the Challenge: Flagstaff Medical Center receives donation worth $62,300 from Desert Financial Credit Union

Northern Arizona Healthcare’s Flagstaff Medical Center is on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19 – and the communities we serve have stepped in to help.

One noble example of local generosity: On June 26, 2020, Desert Financial Credit Union (DCFU) visited Flagstaff Medical Center to present a generous gift valued at $62,300.  

 The donation included $30,000 for the purchase of N95 protective masks; 250 face shields; $10,000 to the Leadership Fund for NAH Healthcare Heroes; and 650 gift bags (featuring meal gift cards) for FMC’s frontline colleagues. 

 “Your heroic efforts have not gone unnoticed,” said DCFU’s Executive Vice President Ron Amstutz. “We know many of your team have made significant sacrifices, worked long hours and stepped up to help in other areas. Your commitment and adaptability has helped save countless lives, including the lives of patients who need routine hospital care and treatment.” 

 Amstutz emphasized the especially difficult plight of the Navajo nation as an impetus for the donation. 

 “Our community development team heard how much the Navajo nation was hit by this and so we felt like it was a great opportunity for us to help provide support in the community,” he said. 

 Northern Arizona Healthcare President and CEO Flo Spyrow expressed the gratitude all were feeling during the presentation. 

 “N95s and face shields are worth gold to our employees and our frontline workers who put themselves at risk every single day for many, many hours caring for critically ill patients with COVID-19,” she said, adding that the donation to the Healthcare Heroes fund was another precious resource. 

 “We’re really proud of the fact that we’ve not laid off anyone and we’ve not furloughed any of our workers and we’ve not had any workers take pay cuts,” she said. “Our leadership has donated to this fund…and this will help us continue to (provide assistance).”  

Northern Arizona Healthcare thanks DFCU sincerely for their kindness and generosity during these difficult times. Their gift will be put to good and deeply needed use.