Nashville-based nonprofit donates supplies to Middle Tennessee hospitals

Medical Supply Donation
Healing Hands International is helping local hospitals with medical supplies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy Healing Hands International)

Healing Hands International is helping local hospitals with medical supplies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy Healing Hands International)

Healing Hands International has donated a surplus of medical supplies to hospitals in the Greater Nashville area in an effort to equip local hospitals to prepare them for the COVID-19 pandemic.


According to a release from Healing Hands, the donated medical supplies include over 7,200 N95 face masks, 37,800 surgical loop masks, 500 isolation gowns and 304,000 nitrile gloves to several hospitals in the area, including TriStar Health, Ascension Saint Thomas, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Williamson Medical Center, with donations also being made to several smaller healthcare providers and assisted living facilities.

"While our daily work and mission is focused on developing countries outside the borders of the U.S., this is a critical time and a unique opportunity to use the resources that our generous donors have provided to be a blessing in our own country and community,” HHI President Art Woods said in a release. “Our healthcare workers and hospitals are under a great deal of pressure and in need of supplies. It is our prayer that this will equip them on the frontlines as they battle this virus, and that it will bring glory to God."


Local medical officials said the supply of personal protective equipment is a concern as they work to deal with the influx of patients infected with coronavirus.

"This incredible gift of critical resources from Healing Hands is an answer to prayer and a direct blessing to our frontline staff, who are working tirelessly to ensure the health of our community in the wake of COVID-19," said Tim Adams, president and CEO of Ascension Saint Thomas, in a statement. "We at Ascension Saint Thomas see this donation as another beautiful example of the incredible generosity and support of Middle Tennesseans during times of need."


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