We have seen the hospital field come together in amazing ways, rising to the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis and providing care to our communities. Health care workers are our most valuable resource when it comes to treating and stopping the spread of the virus. Our nation’s hospitals and health systems are working diligently to ensure the safety and well-being of the health care workforce. They must have the personal protective equipment (PPE) and support they need to provide care to patients.
The demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has created a severe shortage of PPE across the world. The supply simply cannot keep up with the demand. To respond to that need, the American Hospital Association is launching a call to action to increase production and distribution of PPE to health care workers across the country.
How to Get Involved
Hospitals and health systems are developing new partnerships and looking at innovative solutions to access much-needed PPE for their staffs.
Local businesses and manufacturers can be of service during this crisis. Please connect with your local hospitals and health systems to learn how you can keep health care professionals safe and protected.
Many individuals are interested in supporting hospitals, health systems and our health care work force.
The 100 Million Mask Challenge was originally launched by Providence, headquartered in Washington State, where they have seen a tremendous outpouring of support from individuals, community organizations and local manufacturers. Providence entered into an important collaboration with Kaas Tailored, a local furniture manufacturer that is now producing much needed personal protective equipment for health care workers.
The American Hospital Association is expanding the 100 Million Mask Challenge nationwide. We are calling on manufacturers, the business community and individuals across the country to coordinate efforts—facilitate new relationships with hospitals and health systems—in order to rapidly produce needed PPE on a large scale for our nation’s health care heroes.
This is just the start of our efforts and this national call to action. Needs exist nationwide and shortages are vast. AHA will expand the scope of the 100 Million Mask Challenge to meet the growing challenges and needs of our health care workers, hospitals and health systems as they take on the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this AHA podcast, Priya Bathija, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, interviews Jeff Kaas, co-owner of Kaas Tailored, on how his company pivoted to manufacturing PPE for Providence Health & Services at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and how they can produce needed PPE for hospitals.
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