Shielding COVID Frontline Workers Through a Community Partnership
In the spirit of a safer community during the COVID-19 emergency, NYSID recently teamed up with Member Agency Center for Disability Services to manufacture 800 face shields for frontline staff at Albany Medical Center. The reusable added layer of protection will ensure the health and safety of staff treating patients within Albany Med, including some who have been evacuated from New York City hospitals.
The shields were created at the Life Quality Solutions Incubator, the Center for Disability Services’ research and development arm which develops assistive products aimed at improving lives. While face shields were never anticipated to be a byproduct of the program, the collaboration has resulted in a valuable tool for safeguarding AMC staff as they care for critically ill patients.
According to Greg Sorrentino, president at the Center for Disability Services, “This incubator was built through community support, and this is our way of giving back to the community at this unprecedented time.”
“This is a time to come together and give back as much as we can,” said NYID President & CEO Maureen O’Brien. “The opportunity to join with the Center for Disability Services to provide protection to Albany Med’s frontline workers speaks to our shared goal of positively impacting this community, now more than ever.”
Click to see more about how the face shields are making a difference:
- Albany Medical Center thanks Center for Disability Services and NYSID
- Albany Times Union news article
- WNYT news video
- WTEN news video