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The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
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Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Carris Health receives donation of N95 respirator masks from Jennie-O Turkey Store

Published in News

Author: Staff

Carris Health received a donation of 8,800 N95 respirator masks from Jennie-O Turkey Store to address the shortage of masks for frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

“Carris Health, along with other healthcare facilities across the nation, have been conserving personal protective equipment, to make our supplies last longer, as we prepare for a potential surge of seriously ill patients,” said Eric Eveslage, Manager, Delivery Operations for Carris Health and CentraCare. “The generous donation from Jennie-O Turkey Store goes a long way in helping us keep our work force and our patients safe.”

An N95 respirator is a type of personal protective equipment. The N95 respirator blocks at least 95 percent of very small – 0.3 micron – test particles. A micron is one-millionth of a meter, and viruses are in the range of 0.3 microns.

“We are honored to be able to provide a substantial number of respirator masks to our friends at Carris Health,” said Steve Lykken, President at Jennie-O Turkey Store. “The roles of healthcare workers and food industry team members are critical in keeping our communities healthy and thriving, and we’re proud to do our part to ensure these essential workers have access to the protective equipment they need right now.”    

“The masks will be distributed for use to our health care professionals and first responders in the region, said Eveslage. “We are grateful for the wonderful support Jennie-O Turkey Store has shown our community of caregivers to help keep them healthy on the front lines.”