Donation comes as India faces one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the last year.
CHICAGO — May 11, 2021– CommonSpirit Health, one of the largest U.S. health systems, is donating more than 630,000 surplus pieces of personal protective equipment to support COVID-19 relief efforts in India. This donation will include masks, gowns, goggles, coveralls, face shields and KN95 face masks.
India’s COVID-19 case load continues to grow at an alarming rate, putting strain on medical systems throughout the country. The donation from CommonSpirit will provide much-needed PPE to health care workers treating patients with COVID-19. As a mission-focused Catholic health system, CommonSpirit is part of the global community and supports those in critical need in India during this public health emergency.
“We have a moral responsibility to support others as they manage the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CommonSpirit CEO Lloyd H. Dean. “Globally, this crisis is far from over, and the current situation in India is dire. This donation will supply providers in India with quality PPE so they can more safely care for their patients.”
CommonSpirit will work with Air India and Rotary International to deliver and distribute the surplus equipment.
About CommonSpirit Health
CommonSpirit Health is a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 by Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 140 hospitals and more than 1,000 care sites across 21 states. Learn more at commonspirit.org.