KATU: Legacy Health gets protective gear made by local groups: 'We need to replenish supplies'
Author: KATU Staff
Posted: April 6, 2020

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Legacy Health says it is buying personal protective equipment like masks, gloves, and gowns from local businesses and enterprises to help outfit its health care workers who are facing a shortage while fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

Officials with the health system said they are looking for businesses and other local enterprises that want to help during the pandemic and can quickly make the needed PPE supplies.

“We use products like facial shields and masks to keep our staff and patients safe, and during this pandemic, we need to replenish our supplies quickly, so having local options is a great help to us,” said Ginger Henry, Legacy Health vice president, Supply Chain.

Among the current partnerships is the Portland Garment Factory, where they’ve pivoted to making medical-grade masks for healthcare workers.

“When I started Portland Garment Factory in 2008, I had no idea that our most impactful project would be making PPE for healthcare professionals and their patients during a global pandemic,” said owner Britt Howard. “PGF is honored to be able to use our expertise and capacity to provide a steady supply of high-quality barrier masks to Legacy Health during this critical time.”

Also pitching in is the Portland State University Center for Entrepreneurship, where Juan Barraza is working with Portland 3D Printing Lab and a group of volunteers to make face shields.

“Given my previous working relationship with Legacy as a medical interpreter, I reached out to some nurse friends, showed them the prototype, and the Legacy supply chain leaders approved,” said Barraza, who is the Director of Student Innovation at PSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship. “We’re working around the clock and using 136 3D printers spread out across the metro area. It is a logistics miracle given that all of this came together in less than a week.”

Anyone interested in helping out with the shortage of PPE can find more information on Legacy’s website.