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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. 

 

As 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.


 

 


 

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.

 

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 FacebookTwitter 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.

 

 

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