Critical Needs Remain to Protect Health Care Workers Serving Patients on the Front Lines
San Jose, CA, April 4, 2020: Member companies of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group began holding weekly “town hall style” video conference meetings March 16, within three hours of the first Shelter In Place order in the Bay Area. In the weeks since, member companies have met virtually with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Cindy Chavez, California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Chief of Staff Anne O’Leary and U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo, as well as other critical public officials. At the behest of Leadership Group President and CEO Carl Guardino, in addition to information sharing and robust questions and answers dialogue, medical equipment and supply needs for our hospitals and health clinics regarding critical financial and in-kind contributions have been shared. Following a $1,000 personal contribution from Guardino, member companies and individual CEOs and senior officers from Leadership Group member companies have contributed in excess of $4 million in supplies and financial support to date.
“The tech community has risen to meet this crisis together, donating critically needed resources to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. “While it is remarkable to see all that has been contributed, we know there is a long fight ahead of us and much more is needed to support the effort to safely care for the surge of patients who continue to arrive at our hospitals and clinics. We will continue to hold virtual meetings to keep our members informed and provide guidance regarding how they can help meet the significant and growing needs in our communities.”
The Leadership Group partnership with the County of Santa Clara Health and Hospital System has raised millions of dollars in cash and vitally needed medical supplies and equipment. Cash donations from member companies and individual officers include: Anonymous $1,250,000; Bank of America $500,000; Silicon Valley Bank $500,000; AMD $300,000; Adobe $250,000; KLA Corporation $100,000; Synopsys $100,000; Sand Hill Property Christian Fund $100,000; CAL Water $50,000; Intuitive Surgical $50,000; and others.
Contributions of much needed medical supplies include: Western Digital providing 230,000 surgical masks and 7,000 pairs of gloves; Supermicro contributing 10,000 surgical masks; BYD providing 5,000 adult surgical masks with ear flaps and 2,000 bottles of hand sanitizer; HP contributing 20,000 surgical masks, IBM contributing 15,000 surgical masks; Lumileds contributing nearly 1,200 respirators and 1,300 surgical masks; and KLA donating 2,500 medical grade HazMat suits for hospital personnel. Badly needed contributions continue to be offered.
To view COVID-19 contribution updates, please visit: https://www.svlg.org/covid-19-updates/
In order to support the patients and all hospital staff dedicated to their care, the County Health and Hospital System has an immediate, critical need specifically for *Super Sani-Cloth Germicidal Disposable Wipes, COVID-19 Testing Swabs – Remel R12500, face shields and N95 respirator masks. Other supplies needed: medium gloves, goggles, infrared thermometers and hand sanitizer. Equipment needed includes FDA approved ventilators, portable x-ray machines, EKG machines, IV pumps, and more.
For the complete updated list of needed supplies and equipment for the County Health and Hospital System, visit https://vmcfoundation.org/covid19list/.
Valley Medical Center CEO, E. Christopher Wilder, said, “The truth is, the greatest gift people can give is still money – pure and simple. That’s because resources and availabilities change daily, and we need to be as nimble as possible. We are so grateful for the dozens of individuals and corporations who have stepped up big to help us be ready.”
*Super Sani-Cloth Germicidal Disposable Wipes – Large. If you have these specific wipes, please drop off to VMC Foundation, 2400 Clove Drive, San Jose, 95128, ANYTIME. Wipes can also be ordered from USA Medical & Surgical Supplies. $7.95 per canister (160 wipes); $88.61 per case – 1-2 weeks for delivery:
How to Contribute
The VMC Foundation is receiving contributions for the Health and Hospital System. Information on how to participate is available at https://vmcfoundation.org/covid19list/. For all other donations, please contact Carl Guardino directly at [email protected].
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Contact: Pam Kelly