Foundation President John Goettler and two hospital staff members prepare turkeys for donation. Photo: Claire O’Connell

JACKSON, Wyo. — St. John’s Health and St. John’s Health Foundation will hand out over 800 turkeys to hospital staff this week, in an effort to help and recognize employees and their families in advance of Thanksgiving.

“With Thanksgiving approaching, it is the right time to express gratitude for the hospital staff and their tireless dedication and unwavering commitment to caring for the community during the pandemic,” St. John’s Health Foundation expressed in a press release to the community.

“More than 1,500 US healthcare workers have died from COVID-19 since this pandemic reached US soil. My staff are aware of this and, despite this sobering statistic, continues to show up at work every day and continues to volunteer to care for our patients with COVID,” said Dr. Paul Beaupre, St. John’s Health CEO.

Not all St. John’s Health employees have elected to receive their turkey, allowing St. John’s to instead donate the remaining turkeys to the Jackson Cupboard.

“It is part of the culture of St. John’s Health to give back,” said John Goettler, St. John’s Health Foundation President, “not only to the community and the patients we serve but also to our healthcare heroes.”

Hospital staff members donate to St. John’s Health annually through monetary donations, payroll deductions, and volunteer hours. In 2019, staff members raised over $76,850 in support of patient funds and employee scholarships.