Delaware Valley University to Provide Residence Hall Use for Doylestown Health Staff
Delaware Valley University will provide housing for health care workers from Doylestown Health to lend support during the COVID-19 crisis. The University and Doylestown Health have a strong relationship as community partners. The organizations are also located within walking distance of each other, which made this a natural solution to an emergent need.
The University is providing a self-contained residence hall for Doylestown Health Associates on a short-term basis. Each guest will have a private room and bathroom for their use with parking adjacent to the building. Doylestown Health staff who use the facilities are those actively working throughout the health system.
Staff temporarily residing at the University are doing so for the safety of family or household members at home. None of the Doylestown Health staff members staying at the residence halls are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19.They will not interact with the small number of essential DelVal employees or students who remain on campus.
DelVal, like other universities, closed residence halls and is delivering all courses via remote learning for the rest of the semester during this pandemic.
“We are pleased to be able to support our local health workers who are on the front lines of this terrible battle by providing a safe place for them to stay,” said Dr. Maria Gallo, Delaware Valley University president. “We have enjoyed a strong relationship with Doylestown Health and appreciate our role as a community partner for the Greater Bucks County area. We cannot thank these health professionals enough for all they are doing for our community during the pandemic.”
“DelVal’s generosity extends beyond the needs of our staff to the entire community,” said Jim Brexler, President and CEO of Doylestown Health. “All of our workers are essential in this pandemic. We’ve redeployed some staff throughout Doylestown Health to support the extraordinary work we are accomplishing – in the hospital, at Pine Run Health Center, and throughout the community. The prospect of a safe place to stay to protect some of our staff and their families is a great relief to everyone concerned.”