Donors fund permanent COVID-19 unit

Caroline Mencio, RN, and Justin Zimmerman, RN
Caroline Mencio, RN, and Justin Zimmerman, RN, of the Intensive Care Unit don powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) suits to care for COVID-19 patients.

Greenwich Hospital is establishing a dedicated, state-of-the-art unit for patients with COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor couple.

The new unit will geographically keep patients with COVID-19 in one area to minimize infection transmission to staff and other patients. It will include designated rooms for staff to don and remove personal protective equipment, such as isolation gowns, gloves, N95 respirators, face shields and powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) suits. The gift will fund construction of the unit and the purchase of the hooded PAPR suits, which have built-in face shields and portable battery-powered blowers to draw air through a filter.

"The protection and wellness of the frontline staff and their families is key to successful patient care and to the safety of the broader population of patients and caregivers at Greenwich Hospital," said the donors.