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Businesses and schools donate supplies to hospital

Staff Report //March 23, 2020//

Businesses and schools donate supplies to hospital

Staff Report //March 23, 2020//

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Spartanburg schools and businesses are rising to a “mask challenge” from their local hospital.

With supplies of personal protection equipment running low in hospitals across the nation, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System asked for donations from members of the community who have their own supplies. 

Spartanburg Regional CEO Bruce Holstien (left) and David Church, vice president of oncology and support services at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, carry some of the donated items into the hospital. (Photo/Provided)At least nine organizations have responded to the mask challenge, donating supplies from their own reserves, according to a news release from Spartanburg Regional.

“Like health care systems across the country, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is experiencing increased demand for face masks, goggles, face shields and N95 or similar masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the news release said. “Thankfully, we are part of a generous community.”

On Friday, Upstate businesses, universities, school districts and large manufacturers began donating masks and other protective gear to Spartanburg Regional’s medical team.

“We are living in unprecedented times, but we are so fortunate to live in a community that cares and supports each other,” Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System CEO Bruce Holstien said in the news release. “Even though these institutions are dealing with their own challenges, they stepped up to support our doctors, nurses and other frontline caregivers. This equipment will directly support patient care in the weeks and months ahead.”

Donated equipment came from Bullington Associates, Milliken & Co., Tietex International, as well as Converse College, Spartanburg Methodist College and Spartanburg school districts 1, 2, 5 and 7.