Superior Ambulance donates $15,000 to Franciscan to help COVID-19 patients recovering at home


The Franciscan Health Foundation’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Fund has received a major boost with a $15,000 donation from Superior Ambulance Service.

The gift is being directed to purchase more than 500 COVID-19 kits to help coronavirus patients continue their recovery at home. Franciscan Health’s medical leaders emphasized the difference this will make for patients battling COVID-19 and other ailments.

“We have been able to purchase pulse oximeters and thermometers, which are part of a kit provided to COVID patients who are being sent home after evaluation and treatment in the emergency room, urgent care, or treatment in the hospital. This helps them closely monitor their condition at home, recover faster and return for further care if parameters decline,” said Anil Chawla, MD, Franciscan Health Michigan City vice president of Medical Affairs.

“Thank you so much for this generous gift. It is greatly appreciated and it will be utilized to its fullest potential in the management of COVID patients during this difficult pandemic,” said Ibrahim Zabaneh, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs for Franciscan Health Dyer, Hammond and Munster. “This donation will help us build and maintain our monitoring program, hoping to improve the patient’s quality of care.”

Erik Mikaitis, MD, Franciscan Health Crown Point vice president of Medical Affairs, said: “Superior’s generous gift is deeply appreciated by our Crown Point team and will be used, in part, to supplement equipment for our current Remote Patient Monitoring program. The remaining funds will help us build upon our current process by leveraging Bluetooth connected devices, allowing us to provide our patients with an individualized care plan.”

“We are grateful for our over 20-year partnership with Franciscan Health and are very happy that we have been able to continue providing medical and philanthropic support to the system,” said Mary Franco, vice president of Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service.

Franco said Superior has transported more than 45,000 COVID-positive patients in its five-state coverage area of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Franciscan Health Foundation Executive Director Rick Peltier said: “Superior Ambulance has been a loyal philanthropic partner since 2009 and has contributed nearly $120,000 to our Franciscan Health Foundation. This has created an incredible impact for our most vulnerable patient population.”

To learn more about Franciscan Health’s remote patient monitoring program, view a video at To learn more about how you can help support the Franciscan Health Foundation Preparedness and Response Fund, visit or call (219) 661-3401.

One Response to “Superior Ambulance donates $15,000 to Franciscan to help COVID-19 patients recovering at home”

  1. Disguised

    Apr 29. 2021

    Just a thought but maybe Superior should spend that money purchasing Defibrillators and training their employees how to use them!

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