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The Steward Health Care Disaster Relief Foundation

Steward Disaster Relief Foundation LogoHelping Members of the Steward Family Through Challenging Times

The Steward Health Care Foundation is dedicated to helping employees of Steward Health Care who are facing difficulty following a natural disaster and certain emergencies. The Foundation is an independent non-profit entity sponsored by Steward Health Care, the nation’s largest private, tax-paying health care system. The Steward Health Care Disaster Relief Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.
The idea for the Steward Health Care Disaster Relief Foundation originated in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Imelda in 2019 and the flooding that devastated regions of southeast Texas. Since then our employees across the nation have endured additional natural disasters, including tornados and earthquakes, and our employees have always wanted to know how to best lend a hand to colleagues in need. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, the need for assistance is great.

Those we serve

Funds raised through the foundation will be used to aid employees who face a variety of needs in the wake of COVID-19. This unprecedented time has swiftly placed an unpredictable and unusual financial strain on employees. Through the generosity of the Foundation, we aim to help ease the burden employees may be facing, offering them hope for a brighter tomorrow.
The Steward Health Care Disaster Relief Foundation is overseen by a board of directors, and a dedicated committee who are proud to work on this noble endeavor to improve the lives of Steward Health Care employees, help them maintain quality of life, and keep them strong in spirit.

Meet our Directors

Sister Marie Puleo, MFIC, is the president of the Foundation.

Sister Marie is a member of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and is highly experienced in working with charitable missions. She has been part of the Steward Family since its founding and has served in various capacities including as the Sr. Vice President of Mission and as interim President of Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Robert Guyon is a semi-retired former executive with Steward Health Care with over 25 years of service with Steward and its predecessor organization Caritas Christi Health Care. Mr. Guyon served as a senior manager of Deloitte & Touche in Boston. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Mr. Guyon is also a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve.

James Karam is president and founder of First Bristol Corporation and a New England Real Estate Development and Management company, with extensive development and holdings throughout Southern New England. Mr. Karam’s current and past civic affiliations are extensive, including as former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the largest New England community health care system, Caritas Christi Health Care System, as a Trustee of the University of Massachusetts five (5) campus system including serving as Chairman for four years. He is also on the Board of Directors of Steward Health Care.


Ways to Give

The Steward Health Care Disaster Relief Foundation is grateful to the donors who support our mission. The Foundation accepts online donations as well as checks, made out to: Steward Health Care Disaster Relief Foundation. Checks may be mailed to Steward Health Care Disaster Relief Foundation, Attention: Sr. Marie Puleo, 89 A Street, Suite 120, Needham, MA 02494.

Inquiries about the Steward Health Care Disaster Relief Foundation may be made by calling 1-469-341-8444 or by emailing [email protected]

If you would like to make a gift to the Steward Health Care Disaster Relief Foundation, click donate.


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