Springfield — Holyoke Medical Center has donated hundreds of masks and face shields to Springfield police and firefighters for protection against the coronavirus after learning of an urgent appeal from Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.
The donation was announced just hours after Sarno conducted a press conference at City Hall, urging federal and state officials and agencies to provide masks to Springfield police and firefighters. He made the appeal after learning his request for the personal protective equipment had been denied.
Holyoke Medical Center donated 400 KN95 masks and 540 face shields and surgical masks, Sarno said.. Sarno praised Holyoke Medical Center for the donation.
“As the federal and state agencies get bogged down with bureaucratic red tape issues, our community heard my clarion call loud and clear and delivered immediately!” Sarno said in a news release.
The donation follows the delivery of 100 N95 masks donated by MassMutual of Springfield.
The hospital also donated personal protective equipment to Action Ambulance and the South Hadley Fire Departments.
“Holyoke Medical Center is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support and donations received through this COVID-19 pandemic by many community businesses, Novanta, and the efforts made by the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems, said in a statement. “Today we became aware that first responders in some of our surrounding communities, who work with our patients, were in desperate need of PPE. In a time of mutual aid, we felt it was our obligation to share some of our PPE with those first responders.”
Sarno said he, Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood and Fire Commissioner Bernard J. Calvi picked up the personal protective equipment.
Sanro said he thanks Hatiras and his team for their continued support of Springfield.
“They truly are a devoted and compassionate corporate citizen who are with us in this fight against the coronavirus.,” Sarno said.
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