UMass Amherst Donates PPE Equipment to Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing Skilled Nursing
Donation highlights 12 years of collaboration with Loomis
Springfield—University of Massachusetts Amherst has donated 300 face shields to the Skilled Nursing Center at Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing. The face shields were developed by UMass researchers, engineers, nurses and other health care professionals, and comes as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in very short supply for many nursing facilities in the region, and throughout the country.
The design created by UMass enables the face shields to be mass-produced quickly by existing manufacturers. The first order placed by the Face Shield COVID-19 Response Team at UMass Amherst produced 80,000 face shields, manufactured by K+K Thermoforming, a company based in Southbridge, Massachusetts.
According to Marge Mantoni, CEO of The Loomis Communities, “During challenging times such as these, we celebrate the spirit of collaboration and cooperation evidenced by the donation of needed face shields to Loomis by the University of Massachusetts. The shields are being immediately employed in the Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing Nursing Center by our medical and related staff in the service of our nursing center residents. Many times over the past 12 years The Loomis Communities has collaborated with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and we welcome this generous gift of face shields as we work together in this time of crisis.” UMass contributed more than $30,000 toward the initial production of face shields and hundreds of volunteer hours spent designing, testing, revising and manufacturing the shields.
South Hadley, Massachusetts
Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing