Like many medical centers across the nation, the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SF VA) was struggling. Healthcare workers coveted the few N95 masks that they had, reusing them day after day as they fought to see and treat their patients.
The hospital turned to the Central Office to get more PPE, but their pleas went unheard. The SF VA explained that “most donations are going to academic institutions and community hospitals…it’s been challenging for [those of] us [who are] caring for veterans…given [that] the Feds have not organized well to prepare their frontline professionals.”
Each time the SF VA reached out to the government for help, they were met with delayed delivery notifications and disappointment. The hospital was running critically low on N95 masks when they discovered HumankindNOW.
“We are struggling here without proper PPE,” one senior emergency department physician wrote in. The physician expressed that any N95 respirator donations “would be amazing, [as they] are literally like gold to us.”
In April HumankindNOW received word of the need of PPE at the SF VA and quickly dropped off a donation of 5,200 N95 masks on site. These masks went straight to frontline doctors and nurses all over the hospital, from the emergency room to the intensive care unit. “We are so grateful for the donation,” they told HumankindNOW.
These N95 masks have allowed the SF VA’s healthcare staff to get back to what they do best: safely and effectively treating our Veteran heroes in need.