60,000 Coveralls Headed to Hospitals in War-Torn Country
Huntington Health, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai, recently donated thousands of bunny suits – head-to-toe coveralls used as personal protective equipment (PPE) – to health care facilities in war-torn Ukraine. The donation was facilitated by International Medical Corps, a first responder organization based in Santa Monica that provides emergency medical response and disaster relief worldwide.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Huntington Health ordered more than 60,000 disposable, sanitary coveralls – often called “bunny suits” by healthcare workers — to help protect community nurses who staffed the surge tents at the Pasadena Convention Center. After the surge tents closed, Huntington Health leaders wanted to put the surplus to good use. Huntington’s leadership reached out to the Cedars-Sinai supply chain team, who immediately connected with International Medical Corps.
Steven L. Mohr, CPA, MBA, chief financial officer of Huntington Health said, “We are fortunate the pandemic has evolved to the stage we are in, and we can use these protective suits to support not only nurses and physicians but potentially communities of people who are being impacted by this war. I’m proud to be part of this collaboration to help those in need during such a dire time for their country.”
Due to the constant threat that the war poses because of Russian bombing near Ukraine nuclear facilities, a portion of the suits are currently being used by healthcare facilities for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear warfare training. Additionally, International Medical Corps sent a large shipment of Huntington’s PPE to front-line health care workers to identify and protect themselves. This shipment also will be dispersed to the general population should a nuclear crisis arise.
“Rarely have we seen the COVID-19 pandemic and associated supply chain challenges bring forth a more encouraging outcome than what a small group of supply chain and community engagement professionals have done across our Cedars-Sinai Health System,” said Motz Feinberg, vice president, Supply Chain for Cedars-Sinai Health System. “Turning excess coveralls into an international show of good will took over a year to orchestrate and has ended with a truly positive message for this holiday season.”
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