Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has provided more than 2.4 million units of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Inland Empire government agencies, medical societies, associations, and hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organizations receiving these donations include:
- Allstar Health Providers
- Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
- Community Health Association of Inland Southern Region
- Dignity Health
- Hemet Global Medical Center
- Illumination Foundation
- Inland Empire Autism Center
- Loma Linda University Health
- Martha’s Village and Kitchen
- Riverside County Medical Association
- Riverside Department of Public Health and Emergency Operation Center
- Riverside University Health System
- SAC Health System
- San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and Emergency Operation Center
- San Bernardino County Medical Society
“IEHP’s compassion becomes a reality every time our healthcare providers don personal protective equipment or when a caregiver reaches for available hand sanitizer and gloves. IEHP’s gift has provided safety and protection,” said Loma Linda University Health President Dr. Richard Hart, “and that has helped our COVID-19 clinical care teams continue to make a difference.”
To date, the plan has provided over 1.9 million disposable masks, 145,000 N95/KN95 respiratory masks, 80,000 surgical gowns, 130,000 isolation gowns, 43,000 boxes of gloves, 150,000 containers of sanitizing wipes and 48,000 wipe refills.
“This important initiative was a culmination of many moving parts determined to get critical medical supplies to our frontline healthcare partners in the Inland Region,” said IEHP Director of Business Continuity Philip Lo. “Our CEO’s keen insight, extraordinary leadership, and courageous determination was what really gave us the path forward and got us to the finish line quickly. It was a huge team effort and something I have truly been honored to be a part of.”
Distributions and deliveries took place weekly to provide health agencies with a steady and consistent flow of needed PPE.
“Fighting COVID-19 is a collaborative effort,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton. “Putting PPE in the hands of those who support the health and wellness of our members and communities, throughout this pandemic is just one of the ways IEHP offered support to our partners during this time. It’s so much more than the right thing to do, it’s the necessary thing to do.”