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Local business returns the favor during COVID-19 battle with one of the largest donations to date

May 16, 2020

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Representatives from BAE Systems and WellSpan Health stand with the donated items being delivered to the WellSpan Health & Surgery Center in Hanover.

Representatives from BAE Systems and WellSpan Health stand with the donated items being delivered to the WellSpan Health & Surgery Center in Hanover.

BAE Systems typically works to manufacture products for our armed forces to support our national defense. As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country, they found some of their employees under siege. WellSpan Health, who has long been their partner in occupational health, took the call of duty to help them in their time of need.

WellSpan's occupational health team worked quickly to help consult with their York-based operation on implementing employee screenings.

Now, they’ve returned the favor by providing a large donation of supplies that WellSpan clinical staff can use in the battle against the coronavirus.

"We have worked closely with BAE to develop a strong partnership," said Cheryl Kuhn, Director of Occupational Health. "When they called on us for support during COVID-19, we responded quickly to help keep their employees safe. We are very grateful for their donation today, and deeply value the relationship."

Thanks to their generous support, WellSpan Health received a large delivery of six pallets of personal protective equipment and sanitary supplies, making it one of the largest donations received to date. The donation included masks, gloves, safety glasses, disposable gowns, toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

The WellSpan York Health Foundation philanthropy team has spearheaded the efforts to coordinate donations from the community.

"The community support during this pandemic has been tremendous," said Mike Kochenour, WellSpan York Health Foundation board chairman. "More than ever we're seeing the true essence of community partnership, and we’re so grateful for the overwhelming support of BAE Systems."

To learn more about how you can help with donated items, visit our "I Want to Help" webpage for guidelines on acceptable donations and to submit your donation request.

We thank all who donate to help keep our medical family safe, so that we can best support our community.