- Clear masks will be used to help hearing impaired and child patients who have had trouble communicating with doctors and nurses wearing full masks during the coronavirus
- Masks will be distributed among 13 hospitals and 200 clinics across North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 22, 2020) – Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp. (NYSE: RTX), today announced a donation of 5,000 clear face masks to Novant Health. The masks will be distributed among 13 hospitals and 200 clinics across North Carolina.
While full face masks are critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19, they can also create challenges for individuals who are hearing impaired and rely on lip reading to communicate. For hearing impaired patients at Novant Health, it had become difficult to communicate with doctors and nurses wearing full face masks during the coronavirus. Novant Health pediatricians were also finding that the full masks made it hard for children to understand them and increased their anxiety.
When the clear face mask suppliers Novant Health contacted said they would be out of stock for several months, the hospital system reached out to Collins Aerospace for help.
“Our supply chain team was able to identify a vendor that had the clear masks in stock and we were pleased to donate them to Novant at no cost,” said Carrie Reeder, senior director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Collins Aerospace. “We are also providing the clear masks to our own employee groups with hearing impaired workers to improve their ability to communicate as well. The coronavirus continues to create unforeseen challenges for the communities we serve and we are committed to providing all the assistance we can to help our community partners navigate the unprecedented challenges they’re facing.”
“With these masks, Collins Aerospace has given Novant Health the opportunity to immediately address a health equity issue amongst our deaf and hard of hearing patients,” said Pam Oliver, president of Novant Health’s physician network. “Subtle cues signaled through facial expressions – like a smile – are crucial to communicating with deaf and hard of hearing patients. Those are lost behind a mask. With clear masks, we’re able to restore a sense of comfort and reassurance to this patient population, delivering the remarkable care they deserve.”
About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace Systems is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. With 2019 net sales of approximately $26 billion, the business has 78,000 employees across more than 300 locations globally. It is one of the four businesses that form Raytheon Technologies. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.
About Raytheon Technologies
Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With 195,000 employees and four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
About Novant Health
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,600 physicians and over 29,000 employees that provide care at nearly 700 locations, including 15 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2020, Novant Health was the only healthcare system in North Carolina to be included on Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity list. Diversity MBA Magazine has also ranked Novant Health third on its 2019 list of “Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work.” Novant Health provided more than $993.2 million in community benefit, including financial assistance and services, in 2019. For more information, please visit our website at NovantHealth.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.