University of Iowa Health Care today received a $2 million donation to help with the most urgent needs in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The gift is from the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation and will be used for current and future expenses associated with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the COVID-19 virus. It will also be used to aid front-line health care workers with emergency child care, housing and food costs and personal protective equipment purchases. “This is a tremendous gift, and, on behalf of the entire UI Health Care team, I extend our sincere thanks to the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation,” said Suresh Gunasekaran, CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics. “In times like these, there are added demands on health care workers. They need to continue caring for their patients while keeping their families and themselves safe without the usual support mechanisms, such as child-care. This will be a great help.” The foundation was created in 1976 by distinguished businessman and philanthropist Richard “Dick” Orrin Jacobson, a 1958 University of Iowa alum.