SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Staff at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield are getting their hands on new personal protective equipment thanks to some generous donors and their 3D printers.
The donations are part of a collaboration of people in the community with the resources and knowledge to print face shields out of plastic.
Donald Goerz, a University of Oregon graduate student, delivered a batch of the shields to the hospital Wednesday morning. In the last five days, he has 3D-printed about 150 plastic face shields for the hospital, using his own money as well as donations.
“I believe if people have the ability to do something in an emergency to help their fellow man, then they need to do that,” Goerz said.
Robert Asumendi, Goerz’s partner on the project, turned to Facebook to jumpstart the project with donations, providing thousands of dollars for the materials necessary to make the shields.
Like Goerz, Asumendi has a 3D printer and said he wanted to help out health care workers.
“I had the capacity to do it and a little bit of time and so I don’t know what could be more important than trying to protect our frontline medical professionals,” Asumendi said.
Desi Shubin, Chief Nursing Officer for McKenzie-Willamette, said the face shields protect medical workers from splatter and also prevent staff from accidentally touching their faces. The shields can also be cleaned and reused and are more comfortable than traditional shields.
“One of the reasons we like these so much is they’re easily wiped down,” Shubin said. “The pieces can be taken apart and they can be cleaned and the other ones that get shipped to us are just one-time use and we have to toss them.”
Asumendi and Goerz said they plan to donate more shields to hospitals as they raise more money. They have organized a GoFundMe to pay for the supplies necessary to print the shields which you can find here.