Panda Express Donates Masks to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital
Jun 23, 2020 02:11PM
By Erica Shames
Michael Kundla, Centralized Logistics for Geisinger, stands with a mask donation from Panda Express to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.
part of its ongoing commitment to supporting medical professionals on the front
lines in northeast and central Pennsylvania, Panda Express® has
donated 19,920 KN95 and surgical masks to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s
Hospital to protect those treating children in our community.
“On behalf of all the caregivers who work on
the front lines, we are grateful for these much-needed masks from our long-time
partner Panda Express,” said Dr. Paul Bellino, chair of Children’s Miracle
Network at Geisinger and pediatric hospitalist at Geisinger Janet Weis
Children’s Hospital. “Panda’s generosity has never been more needed or more
appreciated during these challenging times. It’s comforting to know that our
doctors and nurses have the needed resources necessary to care for those who
depend on our children’s hospital now and into the future.”
The masks will help safeguard the health of the
hospital staff as well as their young patients. These providers at the region’s
only children’s hospital continue to care for routine and complex pediatric
conditions, even during the pandemic.
“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, cofounder 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.”
For the rest of the year, participating Panda
Express locations are offering a 10 percent discount on in-store purchases to
healthcare workers and first responders who show their employment badge.
Through its philanthropic arm Panda Cares, Panda Express has created a COVID-19
Community Care Fund, in which all guest donations are put towards sourcing and
providing PPE to local hospitals in this time of need as well as supporting
research to find a treatment for COVID-19. During this public health crisis,
Panda upholds its mission of protecting, inspiring and bettering the
communities they serve.
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.
About Panda Express®
On a mission to inspire better lives, Panda Express, home of American Chinese comfort food, is the largest Asian dining concept in the U.S. Family-owned and operated since 1983 by co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, Panda Express is best known for creating a wide variety of industry-first recipes, including its best seller the Original Orange Chicken® and award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp, which have defined the category of authentic American Chinese cuisine. Each dish at Panda Express, including the Wok Smart® selections, is thoughtfully crafted with quality ingredients and inspired by bold Chinese flavors and culinary principles. The restaurant brand has more than 2,200 locations throughout the U.S. and has introduced American Chinese cuisine to more than ten international countries. Powered by this global family of associates, Panda Cares, the organization's philanthropic arm, has raised more than $196 million and countless volunteer hours in bettering the health and education for over 12 million youths as well as supporting communities in need since 1999. In 2020, Panda established the Panda Cares Scholars Program to provide the necessary funding, academic support and leadership development to help high school and college students learn, lead and thrive towards a bright future. For more information, visit pandaexpress.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.