Supporting COVID-19 Response

Moving Forward Together

Nurse preparing a COVID-19 vaccineThank you for helping us make a difference.

Together, your philanthropic impact continues to touch the lives of countless of patients and caregivers at Enloe Medical Center, and many others in our community.


Helping Vaccinate Our Community

The donors who give to the Enloe Foundation change lives every day. Your generosity helps improve critical medical services, facilities, and programs that enhance the health of our community and offer hope to those Enloe Medical Center serves.

When COVID-19 vaccinations became available, donors once again made an impact. To help with this effort, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Founder Ken Grossman and his wife, Katie Gonser, established a matching grant in the amount of $750,000 at the Enloe Foundation. The couple matched every dollar given, up to $750,000. Learn more.

A Message from Enloe’s CEO

Mike Wiltermood photoFor more than 100 years, Enloe Medical Center has been a partnership with our community, and in that time, we have made it through challenges and disasters, together. The strength of our partnership has never been more evident than in our fight against COVID-19.

Though the pandemic has brought unprecedented impacts to our daily lives, the resiliency of our region remains unchanged, as does Enloe’s ability to meet the needs of our community.

On behalf of our entire Enloe family, I want to thank you — and our entire community — for your remarkable generosity. What a difference your gifts have made. Together, we have funded new technology, increased testing abilities, and provided supplies and resources to ensure patient, visitor and caregiver safety. Your contributions and support undoubtedly provide a much-needed boost to our caregivers during these challenging times.

Enloe Medical Center is one of the North State’s most important and valued community assets. More than 4,000 employees, physicians, volunteers and leaders care for our community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year — no matter what the crisis.

Thank you for being here during our time of need, so we can be there for yours.

Proactive Measures

Throughout the pandemic, Enloe’s top priority has remained you. That’s why we focused on consistent and transparent updates, added new services, and more.

Public Service

Commercial shootTo promote safety guidelines and help slow the spread of COVID-19, Enloe led a campaign that encouraged face coverings, social distancing, handwashing and staying home when sick.

The campaign consisted of public service announcements that aired in English and Spanish.

Safeguarding the Public

Butte County’s Field Medical Station At the beginning of the pandemic, Enloe Medical Center erected screening tents outside the hospital’s main and Emergency department entrances to examine patients and visitors for signs of respiratory illness.

Later, when the summer heat reached triple-digit temperatures, Enloe transitioned from the tents to a temperature-controlled modular building located outside the Emergency department. This new building allowed for social distancing and care of patients with COVID-19 symptoms.

To prepare for a surge in COVID-19 cases, Butte County Public Health worked closely with Enloe Medical Center to secure the location of Butte County’s Field Medical Station (FMS) at Enloe’s Rehabilitation Center.

The FMS was set up in 48 hours, largely thanks to Enloe caregivers who worked around the clock to properly turn the Rehabilitation Center into a 125-bed temporary hospital. Though never put into action, Enloe was the only hospital in California to house its county’s FMS.

Virtual Visitation

Virtual visitation Despite changes in Enloe’s visitation policy to comply with public safety guidelines, we know the positive impact visits have on healing.

That’s why Enloe purchased tablets to ensure patients have access to virtual visitation options so they can stay connected with those they love most during their stay at Enloe Medical Center.

Therapeutic Partnership

Physical therapy While Enloe’s Rehabilitation Center served as Butte County’s FMS, a short-term lease agreement went into effect between Enloe and Chico Sports Club to temporarily house Enloe’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Program.

Additionally, Chico Physical Therapy offered two treatment rooms and an exercise area for Enloe’s use.

Improving Testing

COVID-19 testingFacing limited testing abilities and delayed results at the start of the pandemic, a collaboration between Enloe and Pathology Sciences Medical Group (PSMG) was developed — significantly speeding up COVID-19 testing for patients admitted into Enloe Medical Center and caregivers who showed symptoms of the virus.

Results are often delivered within 24 hours.

Community Donations

Services such as meals, groceries, personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies were provided to Enloe’s caregivers thanks to generous donations from our community. That included:

  • 125+ in-kind donations
  • $22,000 in donations to Enloe Medical Center
  • 22,000 handsewn face masks

Enloe also spent $1.9 million on PPE, including 500,000 masks, 95,000 gowns and 12,000 disposable head covers.

Thank you note

You Helped Make a Difference

At Enloe Medical Center, we prepare for disasters year-round. We know how to respond and do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors, and community. Safety is at the core of everything we do. But we didn’t do this alone.

Together, we will get through these challenging times.

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