Pottstown Hospital as well as other hospitals/emergency personnel are being blessed by significant deliveries of essential PPE equipment donated by Hill School parents and alumni from China as well as Korea who have organized efforts to gather such supplies and ship them to Hill's Elliot Menkowitz, M.D. Wellness Center for distribution as needed throughout our area. Some of The Hill donors live in our region but have contacts who helped to make this possible.
As the COVID-19 situation was coming to the forefront in the U.S., a few Hill parents reached out to Headmaster Zack Lehman and asked what they could do to help our general area in the growing crisis, and he said that PPE support was greatly needed. Our generous parents and alumni took it from there. We especially are grateful for Max Zhang, Hill class of 2009, who coordinated the collection and shipment of the PPE equipment.
A total of 72 Hill families are participating in this effort, including parents who have enrolled their students for next year (2020-21) for the first time. We expect as many as 40,000 masks or more will make their way to healthcare-related facilities in our area via a first stop at Hill's Wellness Center. So far, about 20,000 masks of various models have been delivered and distributed (or are in the process of being delivered to their final destinations) since this effort began in late March, according to Dr. Kristin Spencer, Medical Director of Hill's Wellness Center.
The equipment has found grateful homes, so far, at the Pottstown Hospital; the Pottstown Police Department; Goodwill Fire Co. in Pottstown; the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's emergency department; and various emergency services/ambulance companies (Royersford and West Chester, to date). See photos below.
Helping to coordinate the effort at Hill, in addition to Dr. Spencer, has been Yijuan (Helen) Qiu, Hill's Administrative Coordinator and International Family Liaison.
Also, before these parents and alumni became involved, masks that were on hand for use in Hill's Science Department were donated by Hill to the local cause.