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Corning Donates Safety Supplies to Hospitals Fighting COVID-19

Corning Donates Safety Supplies to Hospitals Fighting COVID-19

Corning Incorporated is donating 150,000 surgical masks to regional hospitals in New York, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Virginia amid the COVID-19 crisis, to support the urgent needs of frontline medical workers serving communities where Corning operates.

In North Carolina, where Corning's Optical Communications business is headquartered, donations went to hospitals in Charlotte, Concord, Hickory, Wilmington and Winston-Salem. Corning’s North Carolina operations include optical fiber manufacturing facilities in Wilmington and Concord, cable manufacturing facilities in Hickory, Newton and Winston-Salem, and the global headquarters of its Optical Communications business in Charlotte.

“Our global teams have been working to help source essential supplies for healthcare providers fighting COVID-19, while also ensuring the health and safety of our employees," said Dr. Michael Lappi, Corning chief medical officer. "Leveraging our supply chain, we were able to source and donate surgical masks desperately needed to keep frontline medical workers safe.”

Facilities receiving donations in North Carolina include Catawba Valley and Frye Regional medical centers in Hickory, New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, Atrium Health Cabarrus in Concord, and the Atrium Health and Novant Health hospitals in Charlotte.

Catawba Valley Medical Center

“Our employees and medical staff are truly performing heroically in an emotionally draining crisis,” said Guy Guarino, chief development officer, Catawba Valley Medical Center. “To know that we have the support of partners like Corning gives reassurance and comfort that all can safely continue that great work.”

Pictured: Dr. Bernhard Deutsch, right, vice president and general manager, Corning Optical Fiber and Cable, speaks with Guy Guarino, left, chief development officer, Catawba Valley Medical Center, and Patrick Broos, center, the hospital’s director of supply chain management. Corning on April 9 announced donations of surgical masks to the hospital to assist in the local fight against COVID-19.

Frye Regional Medical Center

“We are truly grateful for Corning’s generous donation to Frye, helping combat COVID-19 in our community,” said Chris Fensterle, interim chief executive officer of Frye Regional Medical Center. “The masks Corning donated will assist our frontline staff, who continue to care for our patients and one another during this unprecedented time.”

Pictured:  Dr. Bernhard Deutsch, left, vice president and general manager, Corning Optical Fiber and Cable, assists with unloading surgical masks donated by Corning to Frye Regional Medical Center to assist in the local fight against COVID-19. At right is Chris Fensterle, interim chief executive officer of Frye Regional Medical Center.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center

“We greatly appreciate Corning’s generosity,” said John Gizdic, president and chief executive officer of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “Their donation of masks will positively impact the health and safety of our staff and community.”

Pictured: Corning announces a donation of surgical masks to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Schorr Davis (far left), vice president of development at NHRMC and Executive Director of the NHRMC Foundation, joined Danny Henderson (far right), division vice president and worldwide manufacturing manager, Corning Optical Fiber and Cable, for the announcement at the NHRMC Business Center, along with the team operating the hospital’s mask donation site.

Amid these efforts, Corning remains focused on ensuring the safety and well-being of its employees and supporting the communities where those employees live and work, while serving the needs of its customers.

“Corning is deeply grateful for the healthcare professionals on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 in North Carolina,” said Dr. Bernhard Deutsch, vice president and general manager, Corning Optical Fiber and Cable. “We appreciate the opportunity to help meet this critical need in our communities across the state, as we support the health and safety of our employees, and those who care for them.”

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