Covid-19 Response

Housing for Health Care

Oakland University Dorms Offer a Protective Shield of Safety to Health Care Heroes

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icon of a calendarApril 29, 2020

icon of a pencilBy Catherine Ticer

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Oakland University is proud to partner with leaders in the community to support our health care professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Recent gifts from the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, DTE Foundation, Priority Health, Kroger Co. Foundation, Peter Basso Associates and FormFAB have supported Oakland University in providing temporary housing for health care professionals who are fighting every day to ensure the safety and well-being of our citizens.

This generous support has helped prepare 750 OU dorm rooms to provide housing for local health care professionals, so they do not pose unnecessary risk to their families by returning home between shifts. The accommodations are also open to health care workers from outside of the area who travel to Oakland County to assist our partners at Beaumont in treating sick patients in our communities.

“Our partners’ steadfast commitment to our university and the community is inspiring. Their support is helping Oakland University respond in a meaningful way to the hardship our frontline medical teams are facing, ensuring they have the support needed to battle the pandemic and focus on the health of our citizens,” says Michael Westfall, vice president for university advancement.

Health care workers began residing at Oakland University on March 31 after rooms were deep cleaned. Heart-warming messages of gratitude, provided by Oakland University William Beaumont medical students, welcome each health care professional to their temporary home and care packages of snacks and basic hygiene essentials are thoughtfully placed inside each room.

Kevin McDougall, assistant director for residential facilities, Bailey Adams, resident director at Hillcrest Hall, Lieutenant Nicole Thompson, administrative lieutenant of the Oakland University Police Department, and Jean Ann Miller, senior director of the Office of Student Involvement, are among the OU staff leading these COVID-19 hospitality initiatives.

“The efforts of our staff have been nothing short of herculean,” says Glenn McIntosh, vice president for student affairs and chief diversity officer. “We want to give these extraordinary health care employees a safe and welcoming place to rest so they can continue to treat COVID-19 patients within our community.”

Those wishing to support Oakland University in the ongoing preparation of dormitory spaces for health care professionals should visit: Dorms for Region’s Health Care Professionals Fund.

Gifts made to this fund will provide basic needs and cleaning services for these health care heroes; allowing them to focus on treating patients and restoring the health of our Michigan communities. Funding will also support Oakland University in eventually transitioning these spaces back to student living for the fall semester.

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