RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A health insurance plan that contracts with the federal and state governments, serving more than 1 million Inland Empire residents, has supplied tens of thousands of respiratory masks, surgical gowns, sanitation wipes and other personal protective equipment to health care entities in Riverside County to safeguard staff against coronavirus exposure, it was announced on Friday.
The Inland Empire Health Plan, one of the largest Medicare-Medicaid providers in the country, donated almost 2.5 million PPE units in recent weeks, distributing products to the Riverside County Medical Association, the Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley and the county Department of Public Health.
“Fighting COVID-19 is a collaborative effort,” IEHP CEO Jarrod McNaughton said. “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.”
According to McNaughton, the nonprofit distributed more than 1.9 million disposable masks, 145,000 N95 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 Philip Lo, IEHP’s director of Business Continuity, who called it “a huge team effort and something I have truly been honored to be a part of.”
The IEHP network encompasses 6,400 health care providers with 1.2 million clients from Riverside and San Bernardino counties.