Just as OSF Saint Luke Medical Center and OSF locations around the state, are launching the Pandemic Health Worker Program, they received a much needed donation. According to a release from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, First Light-USA showed their support with a donation of Hand Sanitizer. Bulk amounts of hand sanitizer for public health workers has been in short supply around the state. FirstLight-USA’s main business is making portable light solutions for the U.S Military. Earlier this month, First-Light shifted their plant operation to making and bottling hand sanitizer specifically to be donated to frontline health workers in need.
OSF Healthcare’s Pandemic Health Worker Program has health care workers who are assigned to go to homes of COVID-19 patients to deliver care packages that include hand sanitizer among many needed items. The goal is to keep as many COVID-19 patients as possible out of local hospitals and at home where those with less severe symptoms can recover without stretching the resources of local health care facilities. “We appreciate First-Light’s foresight and putting innovation into action, helping us provide care to those in our communities dealing with COVID-19 by donating much-needed hand sanitizer for clients of the Pandemic Health Worker Program,” said John Vozenilek, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Innovation and Digital Health at OSF HealthCare.