The MGM Mirage Voice Foundation has been awarded a top honor for its ongoing support of a local organization that provides end-of-life care for terminally ill patients in Southern Nevada.
The Voice Foundation, funded through donations from the Company’s 62,000 employees, recently received the “Diversity in Action” award from the nonprofit Nathan Adelson Hospice.
Since 2005, MGM Mirage employees have designated their Voice Foundation dollars to support Nathan Adelson Hospice, providing grants and employee designations totaling more than $450,000 to programs that support terminally ill patients.
“We are impressed with the kindness of MGM Mirage employees, who truly understand the unique challenges that our patients face and the need for empathetic care at the end stages of life,” said Jeanne Jones, Secretary of the Nathan Adelson Hospice Board of Trustees. “They dig deep in their pockets and give straight from their hearts, without ever expecting any recognition in return.”
The Voice Foundation provides employee charitable contributions to nonprofit agencies and organizations in the communities where MGM Mirage employees live, work and care for their families. Employees make donations to their charity of choice, giving greater control to each individual over where the funds are directed. MGM Mirage absorbs 100 percent of all administrative costs associated with Voice Foundation donations.
“This award is a testament to the generosity and compassion our employees have for our community,” said Merlinda Gallegos, Vice President of Philanthropy for MGM Mirage . “We are inspired by the quality of care and exceptional service that Nathan Adelson Hospice provides, ensuring that they achieve their mission of ‘no one ends the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain’.”
Voice Foundation funds are directed to the Hospice’s Nurse Apprenticeship Program and Center for Compassionate Care, with two inpatient locations in Las Vegas. Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, spiritual care workers, and volunteers also provide hospice care to those who are at home or in residential and skilled nursing facilities.
The “Diversity in Action” award has been bestowed annually since 2007 to individuals and businesses that demonstrate a respect for differing backgrounds and points of view within the community. It also acknowledges those who have helped foster awareness of end-of-life issues and access to hospice care for the underserved.
Nathan Adelson was a philanthropist, businessman and administrator of Las Vegas’ Sunrise Hospital. He recruited some of the nation’s finest medical specialists to Sunrise in the 1950s and 1960s and died of cancer in 1977. Nathan Adelson Hospice, established in l978 by Nathan’s son, Merv Adelson, and his business partner, Irwin Molasky, was only the third hospice in the United States.