Danvers Biotech Reaches Out Within Own Community
Beverly Hospital, like every other hospital in the country, was impacted early on by the nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to protect frontline caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The community responded in full force, with a number of companies on the North Shore stepping up to help, including Cell Signaling Technology (CST), a biotech company headquartered in Danvers.
The company had ordered additional PPE for their U.S. staff as the coronavirus was just starting to spread in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council reached out to all biotech companies to elicit PPE donations. Upon learning of the urgent need for N95 masks in Beverly’s COVID-19 unit, CST consulted with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and donated their excess PPE, 8,000 pieces in total, to Beverly Hospital while still ensuring they had enough for employees. That donation consisted of N95 masks, gloves, face shields, goggles, safety glasses, Tyvek coveralls, protective sleeves and fabric scrubs.
“As a company rooted in science, we were troubled by reports that hospital staff was lacking the safety equipment to ensure basic protections,” said John Letcher, senior vice president of Global Human Resources. “We see ourselves as part of the Beverly community, and it was only natural for us to want to help. We were thrilled to make this donation in a timely manner to help our local hospital.”
“This gift from Cell Signaling Technology came at exactly the right time,” said Rebecca Imperiali, vice president of philanthropy for Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals. “Their critical donation of PPE to our community hospital is so meaningful and represents a wonderful endorsement of our doctors and nurses who are on the front lines every day. We are so grateful for the company’s generosity and interest in supporting local efforts.”