Like most responsible fast-food chains, Chick-Fil-A is doing whatever it reasonably can to help control the spread of the novel Chinese coronavirus. This includes a step that will cause a massive loss in profits: The fast-food chain, like many others, has closed its dine-in lobby for business.
But that’s not the only way the fast-food giant is contributing. The Chik-Fil-A at Cascade Park in Vancouver, Washington recently made and delivered over 1,000 meals for workers at a local hospital–FOR FREE!
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center responded to the generous act via Facebook.
“We are so grateful to John Dombroski and his team at Chick-Fil-A Cascade Park,” the hospital posted on its Facebook page. “Your kindness in a tough time is appreciated more than you can know.”
Life hasn’t been easy for anyone in America lately–especially for medical service workers. Not only are medical professionals putting their lives on the line by being constantly exposed to the novel Chinese coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but most of them are also putting in abnormally long hours to treat infected Americans.
Chick-Fil-A delivered the meals on March 14–the same day PeaceHealth put in measure visitor access. The medical center implemented the restrictions in order to protect patients, caregivers, and the community in general.
PeaceHealth has also pushed back all elective surgery procedures, postponing them till a later date, in order to deal with the growing number of coronavirus/COVID-19 cases.
The Vancouver Chick-Fil-A, like many other fast-food restaurants across the country, has changed its service to take-out only. Customers are welcome to order by app or from the counter inside–they simply can’t stay in the lobby and eat. The fast-food chain is keeping its drive-through lanes open and even allows for ordering via an app.
This isn’t the company’s first round of charitable giving. In fact, far from it! Chick-Fil-A operators across the U.S. donate to shelters and soup kitchens via the Chick-Fil-A Shared Table program. Many of the stores also donate to victims and recovery workers immediately following natural disasters. The company also sponsors local events throughout the country and offers scholarships to employees.
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is putting forth its best efforts as well. In an effort to reduce exposure, make best use of personnel resources, and treat as many patients as possible, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center decided on an online solution. This solution, known as Chat Care, allows patients to talk get screened without leaving the safety of their homes. If a physician determines a follow-up is needed, the patients can then make an in-person appointment.
The online screening is free. It is available for residents of Washington as well as Oregon.