Innovators come together with Legacy to protect workers and the community
“Shop local” has a new, crucial meaning: Local innovators are using their creativity to produce equipment to protect health care workers during the coronavirus outbreak.
“I heard about a potential shortage of protective equipment, so we began producing medical-grade barrier masks,” says Britt Howard, owner of Portland Garment Factory, which is making 3,500 masks for Legacy Health. “We are honored to use our expertise during this critical time.”
It’s all a bit surprising. “When I started Portland Garment Factory in 2008,” Howard says, “I had no idea that our most impactful project would be making protective personal equipment for health care professionals and their patients during a global pandemic.”
A 3D printing ‘logistics miracle’ at Portland State
Juan Barraza from the Portland State University Center for Entrepreneurship teamed with the Portland 3D Printing Lab to produce face shields for local hospitals. Barraza organized volunteers and PSU engineering students to make and deliver 1,000 face shields to Legacy.
“We’re working around the clock and using 136 3D printers,” says Barraza. “It is a logistics miracle given that all of this came together in less than a week.”
Dental manufacturer A-dec: 'What we should be doing’
The local manufacturer A-dec, alerted by the husband of a Legacy nurse, switched from making dental equipment to producing face shields for protective helmets. “This is what we should be doing: working together to solve problems,” says Scott Parrish, A-dec president and CEO.
Bringing together local companies with area health care organizations is a community win-win. Legacy gets the supplies it needs for doctors, nurses and patients; the area organizations keep working in a tough economy.
“We are incredibly fortunate to get quality products in our community,” says Ginger Henry, Legacy vice president for Supply Chain. “We hope our purchases are helping local businesses during this challenging time.”