Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic donated the PPE to relief organization International Medical Corps in support of its ongoing COVID-19 response efforts in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, according to a news release.
The donation includes more than 1.1 million surgical masks and 408,000 KN95 respirators, which are being distributed by International Medical Corps, a long-time partner of the Medtronic Foundation. The equipment is going to more than 15 hospitals and health facilities selected because of their locations in COVID-19 hot spots, as well as directly to individuals as part of prevention efforts.
“When an emergency strikes, Medtronic and the Medtronic Foundation are among the first to be there, helping to ensure that first responders have the resources they need,” International Medical Corps VP of institutional partnerships & philanthropy Erica Tavares said in the news release. “With their donation, frontline health workers across the country will be able to safely provide healthcare to communities most in need.”
“Doctors, nurses and other frontline healthcare workers continue to do heroic work despite the risks to their personal health and the ongoing challenge of maintaining adequate supply of personal protective equipment,” added Medtronic president of the Americas region Dr. John Liddicoat. “We recognize and appreciate their tireless efforts and we are proud to support them, together with the Medtronic Foundation, with this donation.”