Santa Rosa, Calif. (April 14, 2020) – A total of 4,000 face shields manufactured by Ford Motors were donated
to St. Joseph Health, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Petaluma Valley Hospital
and Queen of the Valley Medical Center for caregivers’ protection
Last week, St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County’s Foundation applied
to Hansel Auto Group for the donation and last week, the hospital received
3,000 face shields.
”We are very thankful to Hansel Auto Group and Ford Motors for this
generous gift that will ensure our caregivers can continue to safely care
for our patients,” said Chad Krilich, chief medical officer.
That same day, over the valley in Napa, Dennis Giordano, Senior Supply
Chain Manager, who had applied for the same donation, received 1,000 face
shields on their loading dock's doorstep.
"Nationwide, hospitals have experienced shortages of personal protective
equipment," said Larry Coomes, chief executive at The Queen, who
previously served as an executive at Ford for seven years. "Our supply
chain team has been working tirelessly to obtain Personal Protective Equipment
(PPE) by every means possible and this is just one example of their hard
work that will protect our front-line caregivers."
In addition, Audio House, a car audio and tint shop in Napa made another
50 face shields earlier this week.
"We are so thankful to these two businesses for their thoughtfulness,
generosity and responsiveness," said Dennis. "We owe them our
Health care workers wear face shields over face masks while treating patients
to protect against flying respiratory droplets that can transmit coronavirus,
such as from coughs and sneezes and are a one-time use item. As a result,
a steady supply is needed.
In addition to these donations, Queen of the Valley health care workers
and physical therapists began constructing face shields at the end of
last week that will begin to be shipped as needed to St. Joseph Health
hospitals across Northern California. Nearly 1,000 have been assembled
to date. The hospitals thank all the organizations and individuals who
have worked tirelessly to ensure our caregivers are protected.
About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 208-bed, acute-care facility founded
by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health
care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services
provided include a regional heart center; orthopedic center and cancer
center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons;
the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, a neurosurgery program affiliated
with UCSF; a Women’s Center; maternity and infant care; inpatient
and outpatient minimally invasive surgery; and a full-service emergency
department and trauma center, amongst many other specialty services. More
information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at
About St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County
St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County (SJH-SC) is a nonprofit, full-service
health care organization which was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph
of Orange and includes Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and Petaluma Valley
Hospital. Services include cancer, cardiac, critical care, emergency/trauma,
imaging, maternity and infant care, NICU, neurosciences, orthopedics,
pediatrics and more. SJH-SC works collaboratively with other hospitals
within Providence St. Joseph Health, as well as numerous outpatient facilities,
home and community care, affiliated physicians, and St. Joseph Health
Medical Group providers, to ensure patients receive the highest level
of care, close to home. More information about St. Joseph Health, Sonoma