Doing Our Part During a Pandemic

Hoping for a change didn’t seem like enough. That’s when Solatube face shields stepped in.

With personal protective equipment (PPE) in short supply, our manufacturing department at Solatube® International Inc. decided to pivot to producing and donating vital face shields for health and public defense workers who are putting their lives on the line to help others during COVID-19.

“We want to make sure the face shields get to the individuals who are on the front line, people who are in the middle of this pandemic, so we are now shipping face shields to hospitals in New York.”

James Hedgecock, Solatube Director of Product Enterprise

Our company directly delivered face shields to the following hospitals who were overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients; Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, New York, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Hyde Park, New York, LIJ Valley Stream in Valley Stream, New York, and LIJ Forest Hills in Forest Hills, New York.

Additionally, we were able to offer our support to New York police officers in critical need of these products. Solatube face shields were delivered to the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the New York State Police.

“Once I heard word about the extreme shortages, there wasn’t a second thought about making the shields,” said Robert E. Westfall Jr., president of Solatube International. “Our team at Solatube is working hard to support our heroic healthcare professionals. We are going to produce and donate as much as we can.”

Call to Action

A call to action was issued on April 6, after learning about the critical shortage of face shields, and a plan was worked up to address the problem. In four business days, Solatube went from selecting a face shield template to delivering face shields to the Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, California, Scripps Health in La Jolla, California, Sharp Coronado Hospital in Coronado, California and Palomar Hospital in Escondido, California. 

Christine Santos from Sharp Coronado Hospital wrote, “We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for the face shields your company made and donated to our hospital. We appreciate Solatube for keeping our staff and patients safe during this health crisis!”

More than 6,000 Solatube face shields were distributed locally and across the United States to healthcare professionals in need. We are honored to have been able to help those who save patients’ lives on a daily basis. Together, we can brighten lives one day at a time.