Klick Health today confirmed it is donating over 300K masks to hospitals and healthcare systems across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in response to the growing need for respiratory masks for the city’s frontline healthcare professionals combating COVID-19.
The Klick donation is being allocated to a number of healthcare providers, including Mount Sinai Hospital, Baycrest, Humber River Hospital, Michael Garron Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Trillium Health Partners, and Women’s College Hospital to help protect as many local medical teams as possible during the rapidly evolving pandemic.
Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO, Trillium Health Partners Foundation said, “To continue to provide urgent patient care in the face of COVID-19, there is nothing more important for frontline healthcare workers at Trillium Health Partners than to have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to keep them safe. We couldn’t be more grateful to Klick Health for their generous donation of masks to the hospital during this critical time of need.”
Klick’s co-founders started their mask mission a few weeks ago. Through their network, they were approached by Toronto CEO of Wa-Lin Trading Robert Schwartz and his partner Mr. Liu Jun, CEO of Fuxin Xiangrui Automotive, who quickly leveraged their on-the-ground contacts in China to source and secure the large allocation of masks.
Klick Co-Founder and Chairman Leerom Segal said, “Protecting our healthcare professionals is essential; they’re out there on the front lines and they need our support. We’ve been contributing to a broad range of pandemic missions. Then, when we heard about hospital mask shortages, we immediately knew that we needed to do something to help protect the people who protect all of us. We feel incredibly fortunate to be in a position to donate these masks and are grateful to Rob and his business partner, Liu Jun, for all the heavy lifting they did taking the initiative, contributing their time, and using their connections to make Klick’s donation possible. We also want to thank Deacon Environmental Remediation for helping us by delivering hundreds of thousands of masks to local hospitals, as well as their hard work delivering our intubation boxes.”
Stephen Goldsmith, Vice-President, Business Innovation & Development of Sinai Health said, “On behalf of everyone at Sinai Health, we want to thank Klick Health for their incredibly generous donation of masks. We are grateful to business and community groups, like Klick, who make the safety of hospital staff and patients a priority during this exceptional and difficult time.”
Caring for the community
“Helping our hospitals is the right thing to do,” said Schwartz. “I’m glad we were able to connect the dots and use my existing supply chain to get these much-needed masks to Toronto as quickly as possible. Our healthcare and all frontline workers need to be protected as they continue to keep us all safe. We need to take care of our people, time is of the essence, this will save lives.”
The donation will significantly increase the number of new respiratory face masks being obtained for frontline healthcare professionals in Toronto. Klick is calling on other companies to step up and help ensure the city’s healthcare community and first responders are covered during this quickly escalating public health crisis.
Aaron Goldstein, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Klick said, “We are inspired by the creativity and solidarity that this crisis is driving in communities across the country. We are seeing private citizens and enterprises come together in unprecedented ways to support health systems and government at this critical time and cannot thank our frontline healthcare heroes enough for the tireless and selfless work they do. We hope that this is our first of many waves of support and encourage other companies to help, too.”
Funding more PPE contributions
In related news, Klick announced earlier this week that it is also donating 300 of the intubation boxes it created with Humber River Hospital to give hospitals added protection against COVID-19. Hospitals can request the boxes at covid19.klick.com/box.
Based on the overwhelming number of requests from hospitals, Klick has established the Frontlines.Health Foundation to fund the materials and production of additional intubation boxes, masks, and other forms of PPE. Klick will continue to cover all project design, project management, and partner coordination costs. The foundation is a donor-advised fund housed within Toronto Foundation, a registered charity. Official donation receipts will be issued for donations of $25 or more.
About Klick Health
Klick Health is the world’s largest independent commercialization partner for life sciences. For over two decades, Klick has been laser focused on developing, launching, and supporting life sciences brands to maximize their full market potential. Klick has been named Agency of the Year six times over the last eight years by the industry’s leading publications. The Klick group of companies—Klick Health and Sensei Labs— is an ecosystem of brilliant minds working to maximize the full potential of their people and clients. Established in 1997, Klick has teams in New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, and across North America. Klick has consistently been named a Best Managed Company and Great Place to Work. In the last year alone, the company has been recognized with 11 Best Workplace awards, including Best Workplaces for Women, Employee-Recommended Workplaces, Most Admired Corporate Cultures, and Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators. For more information, go to covid19.klick.com.