At a time when hospitals across the globe are running low on personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been on the receiving end of numerous generous donations, large and small, from the corporate, non-profit and academic sectors.
Among the largest donations to date:
- Guy Brown, a nationally recognized business solutions company based in Brentwood, Tennessee, donated 85,000 three-ply face masks and 1,600 N95 respirator masks. Guy Brown is a Minority Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) delivering innovative procurement services and solutions in the areas of office supplies, MRO, janitorial, break room, safety, technology, furniture, print and promotional products and is a primary vendor of these products to VUMC.
- Healing Hands International (HHI), based in Nashville, donated approximately 7,200 N95 respirator masks, 37,800 surgical loop masks and 304,000 nitrile gloves to VUMC, Ascension Saint Thomas and Tri-Star Medical Group. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and several smaller health care providers were also given supplies.
- Jack Daniels Distillery, the manufacturer of the top-selling American whiskey based in Lynchburg, Tennessee, donated four 55-gallon drums of sanitizer.
- Vision Plus Capital, based in Beijing, China, is in the process of shipping 10,000 N95 respirator masks and 50,000 surgical masks. Vision Plus Capital provides venture capital investment services.
- Envision AESC, a leading battery technology company based in Japan with production bases in Tennessee, has donated 10,000 N95 respirator masks.
Individual volunteers have made and donated approximately 1,400 surgical masks to date, with an anticipated 1,000 additional masks expected.
“As we prepare for an influx of COVID-19 positive patients, these gifts will benefit our doctors, nurses, staff and patients. We are very grateful for their generosity,” said Teresa Dail, RN, BSN, Chief Supply Chain Officer for VUMC. “Even though we have these generous donations, we need to be mindful of appropriate use of PPE and continue to follow the recommended guidelines.”