Corning Incorporated today announced a donation of surgical masks to Inspira Health Foundation in Vineland, N.J. This foundation is overseeing the distribution of all medical supplies to its hospital facilities supporting the urgent needs of frontline medical staff combating the COVID-19 crisis.
The donated masks were delivered on Wednesday, April 15 and is part of a larger Corning initiative to donate 150,000 surgical masks to regional hospitals in New Jersey, New York, Virginia and North Carolina. Corning’s Pharmaceutical Glass operations include glass tubing manufacturing facilities in Vineland, NJ, and Pisa, Italy.
“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. Leveraging our supply chain, we were able to source and donate surgical masks desperately needed to keep frontline medical workers safe,” said Dr. Michael Lappi, Corning chief medical officer.
“In this time of uncertainty, Inspira Health is fortunate to have generous community donors such as Corning step up to support our patients and heroic health care professionals,” said Nick Sena, interim chief development officer of Inspira Health Foundation. “The support and partnership of business leaders are vital to address the scale and scope of our response to this pandemic.”
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.
“The healthcare professionals on the front line fighting COVID-19 are the ones making the real difference in Cumberland County,” said David Lucht, regional manufacturing and Vineland plant manager, Corning Pharmaceutical Glass. “As we live and work in Vineland, it’s important that we do our part to support the health of our employees and do our best to meet the needs of those in our community who are working tirelessly to keep everyone healthy.”
About Corning Incorporated
Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 169-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries. Corning's capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping our customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning's markets include mobile consumer electronics, optical communications, automotive technologies, life sciences technologies, and display technologies.
About Inspira Health and Inspira Health Foundation
Inspira Health Foundation is the fundraising entity of Inspira Health. Inspira Health is a charitable nonprofit health care organization and a regional leader in physician training, with approximately 160 medical residents and fellows in nine nationally accredited specialty programs. The system, which traces its roots to 1899, comprises three hospitals, two comprehensive cancer center, several multi-specialty health centers and a total of more than 150 access points. These include urgent care; outpatient imaging and rehabilitation; sleep medicine labs; cardiac testing facilities; digestive health and wound care centers; home care and hospice; and more than 30 primary and specialty physician practices in Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Camden and Atlantic counties.
Together with its medical staff of more than 1,300 physicians and other care providers, as well as more than 6,000 employees, Inspira Health provides evidence-based care to help each patient achieve the best possible outcome. Accredited by DNV Healthcare, the network’s clinical and support staffs are focused on providing quality care in a safe environment. For more information about Inspira Health, visit www.InspiraHealthNetwork.org or call 1-800-INSPIRA.
For more information about Inspira Foundation, including donation information and volunteer opportunities, call 856-641-8290 or visit InspiraFoundation.org.