Community Businesses and Individuals Provide PPE
As the COVID-19 Pandemic hit the nation, it quickly became apparent that more personal protective equipment was going to be needed for the safety of health care workers everywhere. It did not take long for our local community and its businesses to step up to the plate.
Lincoln County Credit Union contacted Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Foundation with a gift of $6000 to use towards PPE. The hospital decided to use those funds to buy 4 new powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR's). A PAPR is a type of respirator used to safeguard workers against contaminated air. These respirators consist of a hood that takes ambient air contaminated with one or more type of pollutant or pathogen, actively filters a sufficient proportion of these hazards, and then delivers the clean air to the user's face or mouth. PAPR's are reusable and may be the only type of protection available for those who do not pass the fit test to allow them to use N95 masks.
LCCU President, Lindsay Beaty, explained "Living in a small community it takes everyone pulling together to get through times like these. And being a local financial institution that is owned by the community members, it is our responsibility to help in any way we can. They are the reason LCCU exists."
LCCU wasn't the only business that contacted the Foundation about lending a hand. Libby Auto Sales and Timberline Auto combined forces and donated a portion of their sales through April to buy PPE for healthcare workers and first responders in the Libby and Troy areas. CPMC was able to purchase over 4000 procedure masks with these funds.
It was Matt Skranak, owner of Libby Auto Sales who initially contacted the Foundation with the idea. "We simply want to help our community out," he stated. Skranak then contacted Timberline, who were more than happy to join in the campaign.
In addition to these local businesses, the community itself was also involved in the safety of local essential workers. CPMC requested quilters and sewers to give of their time and talents to make cloth masks. To date, there have been over 500 masks made and donated not only to CPMC, but to all of the health care facilities in Libby.
Kate Stephens, Public Information Officer and Executive Director of the Foundation at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center praised the community for coming together during this time of need. "Nothing beats the gumption, grit, dedication, and generosity of small town Montana and the COVID-19 pandemic is just one more example in a long line of amazing things our community, in particular, has done to come together and help each other in a time of need. Cabinet Peaks Medical Center, CPMC Foundation, and its employees cannot say thank you enough to Lincoln County Credit Union, Libby Auto Sales, Timberline Auto Center, and the countless community members who have made, and continue to sew, cloth masks for our staff and patients. We feel your love and support now, as much as ever, and feel truly blessed to serve south Lincoln County."
If you have any questions about the Foundation, or how you can contribute to this cause, or other Foundation campaigns, please contact Kate Stephens at email@example.com or 283-7140.