The Panda Cares Foundation, the charitable arm of Panda Express, has donated nearly 20,000 protective masks to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Florida and protective gear supplies still in record demand, the generous mask donation will continue to keep frontline healthcare workers and patients safe.
The Panda Express donation includes 18,000 single-use surgical masks and 1,980 KN95 respirator face masks. The donation will make a difference at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, where approximately 20,000 protective face masks are used per week. The hospital has ramped up its elective surgeries and appointments with new safety precautions in place, but higher supply costs have been a challenge.
“The safety of our patients and healthcare workers is our top priority as we continue to serve children and families in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are grateful to Panda Cares Foundation for their generous donation of protective gear,” said Perry Ann Reed, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Nicklaus Children’s Health System and President of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. “With help from generous donors in our community, we continue to ensure safety and peace of mind for our staff, patients and families.”
“Supporting the healthcare community has always been a priority for Panda Express, and we are blessed to have a partner with shared values of giving and inspiring better lives,” said Dr. Peggy Cherng, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Panda Restaurant Group. “It is our privilege to be able to protect and provide comfort to the selfless hospital staff and patients at CMN Hospitals. We thank our guests and associates for their generosity and support that make these donations possible. We stand together to be stronger together.”
Panda Express is a corporate partner of Nicklaus Children’s through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is the exclusive Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMNH) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across North America. Its core philosophy is to keep 100 percent of donations in the local area in which they are raised.
Learn more about how Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic at www.nicklauschildrens.org/COVID19. For more information on how you can support the greatest needs at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital during this time, visit www.nicklauschildren.org/COVID19Fund.