Community Reinvestment

East Cambridge Savings Chips In $60K For PPE At Nursing Homes

Joins With Three Other Local Firms To Donate Reusable Protective Gowns

Keith Griffin

July 22, 2020

East Cambridge Savings donates PPE gowns | Contributed photo

East Cambridge Savings Bank and three other local companies -- Brookfield Properties, Pro EMS and Trinity Property Management -- joined forces to purchase $60,000 in reusable protective gowns for three Cambridge nursing homes.

Fifteen hundred gowns were distributed to Neville Center at Fresh Pond, Sancta Maria Nursing Facility and the Cambridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Unlike disposable gowns that need to be changed or thrown out after each use, these protective gowns can be washed and reused up to 600 times.

“These gowns are the highest quality and provide a truly sustainable and efficient solution to this critical shortage of PPE,” said Bill Mergendahl, CEO of Cambridge-based Pro EMS. “Moreover, these gowns were manufactured here in Massachusetts by Merrow Manufacturing in Fall River.”

Having seen firsthand the crisis unfold at these facilities, Mergendahl shared his concerns with the city’s acting fire chief Gerry Mahoney who suggested involving Cambridge Chamber of Commerce president and CEO David Maher to garner support from the business community.

“Cambridge has always had an active and involved business community that is eager to step up and support the community, especially in times of crisis,” said Maher. “The generosity of these four companies -- East Cambridge Savings Bank, Brookfield Properties, Pro EMS and Trinity Property Management -- will make a direct impact on these nursing homes by protecting health care workers and the senior citizens they serve.”

“When East Cambridge Savings Bank was approached about this effort to provide reusable gowns to nursing homes, we knew it was a way we could make a meaningful difference and help seniors citizens and medical staff -- two groups who have been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic,” said Gilda Nogueira, the bank’s president and CEO. “We are incredibly fortunate to be part of a community like Cambridge that comes together to support some of our most vulnerable neighbors during a difficult time.”

“When you see a group of people coming together to help the residents and staff who we have the privilege to care for and work with, it’s truly a humbling experience,” said Tom Gomes, executive director of the Sancta Maria Nursing Facility. “This is a perfect example of the positive things that can happen when a group of compassionate and caring people work together to help those in need.”

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