How Mayo Clinic Brought Creativity to Face Shield Procurement

Healthcare leaders across the country have been tackling the challenges of this pandemic with ingenuity. I am inspired by their dedication and perseverance and will be sharing stories on this blog over the next several weeks in order to recognize and amplify their efforts.

Healthcare Purchasing News recently highlighted the Mayo Clinic in its article about COVID-19 changemakers. In late March, as COVID-19 was putting massive demand on Mayo Clinic’s supply of face shields, Mayo formed a partnership with Pepin Manufacturing to produce the much-needed personal protective equipment. But there was a catch, in order to produce the 300,000 face shields, workers would be needed to supplement Pepin Manufacturing’s production crews.

Exceptional times call for exceptional solutions, so the healthcare organization did something unusual: it asked its staff members to help assemble and package the masks.  Such an out-of-the-box production project needed many volunteers and Mayo Clinic staff quickly stepped up to assemble the shields for their peers.

As Mayo Clinic’s logistics partner, MedSpeeders from our Rochester location transported the shields from Pepin Manufacturing to the volunteers and then delivered them to the points of care for clinical use.

With no end in sight for the pandemic, and the subsequent manufacturing challenges, I have no doubt that healthcare leaders like the Mayo Clinic will continue to find creative solutions to provide PPE to their frontline health workers. Our team will be ready to help.

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