Local foundations help with purchase of 10 ventilators at GHCH

Grays Harbor Community Hospital is purchasing 10 ventilators, with financial help from the Grays Harbor Community Foundation and the Seabrook Community Foundation.

Hospital spokesman Chris Majors said the hospital currently has 10 “full ventilators” and nine “temporary ventilators we can use in extreme emergencies or to transport patients from one place to another.” Both foundations have pledged a total of more than $90,000 to help the hospital further prepare for potential need created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Seabrook Community Foundation has pledged to help purchase three VOCSN Pro Ventilators from Ventec Life Systems totaling $54,000,” said Majors. “The Grays Harbor Community Foundation has pledged to purchase one Puritan Bennett 980 Ventilator from Medtronic, plus the mount and bracket, at the cost of $37,400.”

Christi Boora, Seabrook Community Foundation Executive Director, confirmed the foundation’s funding late last week. Jessica Hoover, Grays Harbor Community Foundation Senior Program officer, confirmed that foundation’s pledge Tuesday.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of both the Seabrook Community Foundation and the Grays Harbor Community Foundation for their generous offers,” said Majors. “It is amazing to see the support we are receiving from our community. In these complicated and often stressful times it is heartening to see so many people offering to help and others simply saying thank you for the work that our dedicated staff and providers are doing to keep us safe and healthy. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve such a great community.”

Both the Grays Harbor and Seabrook community foundations have been hard at work assessing local needs and providing funds for various programs since the COVID-19 outbreak. These efforts range from providing free food for communities to providing child care for first responders and health care professionals. Both foundations have stepped up their efforts to assist communities as they navigate changes brought on by the pandemic.