NEWINGTON - Hartford HealthCare opened a warehouse in town last week dedicated to storing personal protective equipment.
The 54,000 square foot warehouse is located at 50 Hollow Tree Ln.
“This is a pivotal moment for Hartford HealthCare. To imagine 10 months later to be sitting here in this warehouse where we will be building a one year supply of PPE at the use rates that we’re presently experiencing is a tremendous moment and a tremendous accomplishment,” said Jeffrey A. Flaks, president and CEO, Hartford HealthCare.
The warehouse will store masks, gowns, gloves, IV solutions and other traditional supplies to be able to support efforts during the current pandemic.
“This is the body armor that our caregivers, our healthcare heroes, wear on the frontline every day to fight this disease and fight back this virus,” Flaks said.
Healthcare systems across the country continue to be challenged with a reliable supply line and increased global demand has led to significant backup of allocations and this is anticipated to continue for the next 12-15 months.
“We have started to build direct factory relationships across Asia to ensure that we have the appropriate supplies,” said Milrose Mercado, senior vice president, management services at Hartford HealthCare “This also allows us to diversify our supply base and establish production lines that are truly solely dedicated to Hartford Healthcare.”
Over 14 pallets of equipment were delivered to the warehouse.
“I think we are really well positioned regarding PPE to support the pandemic,” Mercado said. “The warehouse is another important component of our strategy and really highlights the tremendous investment Hartford Healthcare has made to ensure the safety of our patients, our employees and the communities that we serve.”
Flaks added the hospital group spent “just north of $30 million for our PPE.”
“On a typical year we might spend on a range of $5 million,” he said.
Congressman John Larson had high praise for Hartford HealthCare’s commitment to fighting against the virus.
“With limited resources, but with great leadership and ingenuity, what Hartford Healthcare has done is just remarkable – they are a model for the nation,” Larson said. “I’m proud to brag on them with my colleagues and I thank Jeff and all the members of this staff and all the healthcare workers around this nation who have been the true heroes during this pandemic and will continue to lead this nation forward.”