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Mountain Top Manufacturer Teams with Geisinger to Design Reusable PPEs

Apr 16, 2020 10:46AM ● By Erica Shames

A local manufacturing company has converted its operations to produce effective and durable personal protective gowns for frontline healthcare workers at Geisinger and throughout the nation. i2M, located in Mountain Top, is a leading producer of flexible polymer films used in products such as shower pan liners, pool liners, decking, product labels and window graphics.  

“If you’ve ever put a bumper sticker on your car, taken a shower or walked on luxury vinyl tile, you’ve probably come into contact with one of our products,” said i2M Chief Operating Officer Alex Grover. “Our team believes that it is the responsibility of U.S. manufacturers to step up to the plate for our medical heroes and first responders.”

The company found itself well-positioned to design material to create medical gowns that were durable and reusable for hospital staff. Mrs. Grover was able to connect with Geisinger’s Director of Emergency Management Stephanie Gryboski to help create the best design and needs for the gowns.

“I supplied Alex from i2M with the specifications on our current isolation gowns. From those, she designed the vinyl, reusable gowns,” Gryboski said. “These are great because they can be disinfected and reused and are very durable.”

The gowns are long sleeve, waterproof and they secure at the waist for a comfortable fit. They are generously sized for full coverage and flexibility and have a medium gloss finish that makes them easy to disinfect after use. 

“We’re also working on developing face shields, which we realized we are capable of developing after receiving step-by-step instructions from Stephanie,” said Grover, who donated 1,000 gowns to Geisinger.

Grover said Geisinger’s confidence in their product gave the company confidence to its efforts. By the end of this week, i2M plans to distribute more than 5,000 gowns to first responders and medical centers nationwide. They set a goal to distribute more than 10,000 within the next three weeks.

“i2M’s donation was incredibly generous, especially because it was a changeover for their team that wasn’t easy. They worked hard to get the product right before presenting it to us,” Gryboski said. “We appreciated their diligence and determination to get us a good product.”

“It was an easy decision to donate 1,000 gowns to Geisinger. We firmly believe that we will only defeat COVID-19 if we come together as a team and as a community,” Grover said. “The i2M team sees our gowns as our contribution to winning the war against the virus on our home turf.”

To make a donation in the fight against COVID-19, please visit Geisinger.org/fightcovid or call 800-739-6882.

About Geisinger

Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1.5 million consumers it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 13 hospital campuses, a 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With 32,000 employees and 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

  

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