JRMC receives face shields from local company

     A local company generously produced and then donated 300 face shields to UnityPoint Health – Jones Regional Medical Center (JRMC). Scale-Tec, just outside Anamosa, heard about the nationwide shortage for personal protective equipment (PPE) and reached out to the JRMC Foundation through a connection they have at the hospital.

     “We saw a need that we knew we could get the materials for, so we started the process,” said Nick Von Muenster, Scale-Tec president.

     “When Nick called and shared his idea, we felt so grateful for this generous officer,” shared Sheila Tjaden, JRMC Foundation director. “I was impressed that he had done all of the research on how to make the face shields – he just needed me to help him verify the need. He drove the bus; I just helped guide it a bit.”

     Scale-Tec created 300 shields for JRMC, but thanks to donations and the materials they obtained, over 5,000 face shields were distributed nationally to healthcare organizations to help in the fight against COVID-19.

     ‘The production of the 5,000 masks was nearly 100 percent donated,” Von Muenster shared. “We received about $1,500. People really want to help. Our farmers especially, they wanted to make sure that our healthcare workers knew how much they are appreciated.”

     The project benefited healthcare workers outside of Iowa, too.

     “We have a connection in New York as well,” said Von Muenster. “When we first contacted them, we were told they thought they were fine. When we were about ready to start production, they called back and said they needed help due to the PPE shortage. We were happy to help.”

     “On behalf of the JRMC Foundation and other local and regional healthcare facilities, we thank Nick and his colleagues for rising to the occasion and delivering his much needed PPE,” Tjaden said.

     Von Muenster said they are now finding other ways to help and support their community during the pandemic.

     JRMC is grateful for the overwhelming offers of support pouring in from the amazing communities. Many are asking for ways to support their team members and patients. You can find ways to help by visiting www.unitypoint.org/anamosa/ways-to-give.aspx.

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