Local Ford dealership employees at Ziems Ford Corners will deliver 7,500 (donated) Ford-produced plastic FDA-approved face shields to Navajo Nation health care workers this week.
With the need for PPE in the region high, the dealership worked to get the manufacturing and shipping of these shields expedited to the region and will be delivering 5,000 to Shiprock hospital.
2,500 will do to San Juan Regional Hospital in San Juan County.
According to Ford Motors, they are joining forces with firms including 3M and GE Healthcare, is lending its manufacturing and engineering expertise to quickly expand production of urgently needed medical equipment and supplies for healthcare workers, first responders and patients fighting coronavirus.
In addition, Ford plans to assemble more than 100,000 face shields per week and leverage its in-house 3D printing capability to produce components for use in personal protective equipment.
“This is such a critical time for America and the world. It is a time for action and cooperation. By coming together across multiple industries, we can make a real difference for people in need and for those on the front lines of this crisis,” said Bill Ford, Ford’s executive chairman. “At Ford, we feel a deep obligation to step up and contribute in times of need, just as we always have through the 117-year history of our company.”