Article: The Cardiac & Vascular Institute Helps Provide Healthcare Workers with Masks

April 21, 2020

The Cardiac & Vascular Institute has always had one priority, serving our patients and community with the quality of care that they have come to expect and deserve. During these uncertain times, The Cardiac & Vascular Institute has remained open to service our community through in office visits and through telemedicine appointments as we know health concerns do not pause during a global pandemic.

In addition to continuing to care for our patients, behind the scenes The Cardiac & Vascular Institute has also been engaged in a community effort helping to produce face masks for medical personnel and first responders to use in those situations where the N95 mask is not required.

This masks consist of two layers of HALYARD H600 , a medical grade fabric typically used for wrapping and covering instruments used in operating rooms and catherization labs. These innovative H600 masks are not intended to replace the medically approved N95 mask but to offer a supplemental mask option for use in those lower risk circumstances.

With the donation of material from The Cardiac & Vascular Institute, volunteers have been able to produce an estimated 1000 masks for medical personnel and first responders in the Gainesville and Lake City communities. “In trying times like this, seeing the community come together to help their fellow neighbors is a true inspiration,” says The Cardiac & Vascular Institute’s Interventional Cardiologist Arthur Lee, M.D. “We are all in this together. I am humbled by the team of people and local companies who have volunteered their time, their skills and their support in getting these masks produced and distributed.”

In addition to the countless community members who have volunteered hours of their time to sew the masks, local companies have volunteered to take part in of this incredible effort. North Florida Regional Medical Center has helped to accumulate and donate more of the H600 fabric. Gainesville based Phalanx Defense Systems volunteered to cut the fabric to the specified dimensions so volunteers could immediately start sewing the masks after receiving the material. Lili’s Alterations and Embroidery volunteered their time and skills, having produced around 350 masks out of the approximately 1000 masks already made.

The Cardiac & Vascular Institute is proud to be a part of the Gainesville and Lake City communities and just like everyone else we are patiently waiting for life to return back to normal. Until then, we will continue to do what we can to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. We are all in this together and The Cardiac & Vascular Institute is here for you should you or a loved one need cardiovascular care.