SAVANNAH, Ga. — Convenience-store retailer Parker’s has donated more than 7,000 KN95 protective masks to front-line hospital and healthcare workers in the coastal Georgia and South Carolina areas as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re deeply grateful to all the doctors, nurses, clinicians and staff who are providing exceptional healthcare to area residents throughout the coronavirus pandemic,” said Greg Parker, founder and CEO of Parker’s. “We know there have been mask shortages throughout the region and want to make sure area healthcare workers have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to stay safe while caring for patients.”
Donations in Georgia include 2,000 masks to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah; 800 masks to St. Joseph’s/Candler in Savannah; 600 masks to Liberty Regional Hospital in Hinesville; 600 masks to East Georgia Regional Hospital in Statesboro; 600 masks to Effingham Hospital in Springfield; 400 masks to Candler County Hospital in Metter; 80 masks to Allcare Healthcare in Lyons; and 50 masks to Savannah OBGYN in Savannah.
Parker’s also plans to donate 300 masks to Hospice Savannah.
“On behalf of our entire East Georgia Regional Medical Center family, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Parker's for their recent donation of KN95 masks for our healthcare team,” said Jenny Maddi, patient safety officer and director of risk management for the East Georgia Regional Medical Center. “Through this donation, we will continue to be able to protect our staff and provide the best care to our patients and community. We are very thankful for this support and appreciate Parker’s for always being an engaged partner in our community.”
In South Carolina, Parker’s has donated 800 masks to Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, and 180 masks to Pruitt Health in Moncks Corner. Parker’s will also donate 700 masks to Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston.
“Beaufort Memorial Hospital is very grateful to Parker’s for their support during this unprecedented time,” said Courtney Smith, special projects director for the hospital. “Given the unpredictability of the PPE supply chain, Parker’s donation of masks is especially meaningful and will assist us in continuing to provide the highest level of protection to our workers on the front lines so they may, in turn, provide the best possible care to the patients we serve.”
Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s is a chain of regional, large-format c-stores operating in Georgia and South Carolina. It is No. 118 in CSP’s 2019 Top 202 ranking of c-store chains by number of company-owned retail outlets. CSP will release the 2020 list in June.