HONOLULU (KHON2) — ‘Ohana Health Plan announced Friday it has donated 26,000 units of personal protection equipment (PPE) to the Hawaii Hospital Education and Research Foundation (HHERF) to help protect providers across Hawaii during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Nationally, and across Hawaii, providers are experiencing severe shortages of PPE as the health care system faces a surge in COVID-19 patients.
“The health and safety of our members and providers is – and continues to be – our top priority,” said Scott Sivik, plan president and CEO, ‘Ohana Health Plan. “Our providers are on the front lines of this pandemic, and we are committed to ensuring they have the equipment they need to protect themselves, their families and our local communities during this time.”
“We are incredibly appreciative of ‘Ohana Health Plan’s generous donation,” said Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green. “This comes at an important time as our health care providers face critical shortages of PPE needed to treat the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The PPE, which included surgical masks and shoe covers, will be donated to Hawaii Health Emergency Management, which coordinates supplies and equipment for health care providers and will be distributed to the hospitals.