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Huntington Hospital Receives Donation of 60,000 Surgical Masks and 200 Isolation Gowns

Supplies will be used in effort to combat COVID-19 outbreak

Published on Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 10:08 am
 
Members of Huntington Hospital’s emergency department, pulmonology and philanthropy team thank Guardians of the Angeles for their donation of masks and gowns to help caregivers on the frontline of COVID-19. Left to right: Daryl Banta, MD, Medical Director, Pulmonology, Huntington Hospital; Skye Xu, Founding Board Member, Guardians of the Angeles; June Tan, Executive Director, Guardians of the Angeles; Cathi Chadwell, Executive Director, Philanthropy and Public Affairs, Huntington Hospital; Tom Tran, Key Account Director, Polar Air Cargo; and, Brandon Lew, MD, Medical Director, Emergency Department, Huntington Hospital.

Huntington Hospital received a donation of 60,000 Level III surgical masks and 200 isolation gowns from Guardians of the Angeles Charitable Foundation (GoA) earlier this week.

GoA is a charitable organization committed to providing financial relief and supplies to hospitals and caregivers around the world.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the generosity of Guardians of the Angeles for their donation of personal protective equipment to our hospital,” said Lori J. Morgan, Huntington Hospital president. “As a non-profit hospital, we rely on our community for donations, large and small, to help us fight this global pandemic. These medical supplies give our inventory a big boost to help protect our physicians, nurses and employees as we care for and treat our COVID-19 patients.”

The personal protective equipment (PPE’s) donated to Huntington Hospital will help prepare and protect the hospital’s frontline caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the county healthcare givers have been struggling to safely treat patients infected with Coronavirus due to a lack of safety supplies, including masks.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said 324 health care workers have tested positive for the virus. Although half of them work in hospitals, other cases have occurred at outpatient facilities and emergency medical services personnel, according to Ferrer.

Nurses have had the largest number of cases, but doctors, paramedics and emergency medical technicians have also tested positive. Two health care workers in the county have died from the virus.

“This is the largest donation from our organization to any hospital in California to date,” said June Tan, Executive Director and founding board member, Guardians of the Angeles in a prepared statement.

Guardians of the Angeles was founded in early 2020 amid the global outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, with a mission to support the most vulnerable — the healthcare professionals, first responders, all those safeguarding our community in combating COVID-19. A coalition of global volunteers and charitable donors, GoA started its charitable endeavors offering direct financial relief and medical supply to hospitals, healthcare workers and their families in Wuhan, China where the outbreak first occurred.

GoA has since pivoted its resources toward donating PPE to US hospitals and communities facing severe PPE shortages. For more information about Guardians of the Angeles, please visit, goa-foundation.org.

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