Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Ford Motor Company Makes Significant Donation of Protective Equipment to Versailles Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center

Face Shields Delivered by Automaker Helping Healthcare Staff Battle COVID-19; More Equipment Needed

VERSAILLES, OHIO (July 20, 2020) – Versailles Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center received a significant donation from Ford Motor Company to help fight the spread of COVID-19 at the center: hundreds of plastic face shields for the healthcare staff to wear when treating residents and patients at the care center.

This much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) is used daily by caregivers at Versailles Rehab – along with facemasks, gloves, gowns, and other gear that is designed to protect both staff and residents from disease transmission.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, this donation has been particularly beneficial.

Face shields fully cover the face and eyes from contact with liquids.  When worn with N95 face masks, they can be more effective in limiting exposure to COVID-19 than what a healthcare worker would experience with masks alone.

“Ford’s face shield donation has been a critical part of our safety protocols that protect our residents, patients, and staff from the spread of disease, including coronavirus,” said Kristy Earick, Senior Administrator of the care center.  “Our community has been very caring during the pandemic and we’ve received many touching donations and offers of help.  Ford was a very notable contributor to this goodwill.”

Ford’s face shield donation is part of a larger company effort by the automaker to help fill the gap in medical equipment at skilled nursing facilities and other healthcare providers.  It has been manufacturing respirators, reusable gowns, and other products to help front-line healthcare staff.

However, skilled nursing facilities still need sufficient PPE support from governmental entities.  According to the American Health Care Association (AHCA), 71% of nursing homes are experiencing PPE shortages.

“We need everyone around the country to rally around nursing homes and assisted living communities the same way they have around hospitals,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA and the National Center for Assisted Living.  “We will continue to work with local, state and federal health officials to take every possible step to keep our nation’s long-term care residents and staff safe.”

For more information about how organizations and individuals can help Versailles Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center with products or services during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact Rodney O’Connor, Director of Maintenance & Environmental Services, at 937-526-5570 or roconnor@versaillesrehab.com.

Versailles Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is a 112-bed skilled nursing facility in Versailles, Ohio. The center is accepting new admissions for short-term rehab and long-term skilled nursing care, including memory care. For more information, please call 937-526-5570 or visit the website at www.versaillesrehab.com.  If you would like to know all of the protections in place at Versailles, please visit the website’s COVID-19 page.

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