After area hospitals began to see the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Vienna company LaserShip decided to donate its services to help deliver personal protective equipment and other necessities to several Inova locations.
For medical workers, PPE can save lives by limiting the contact healthcare professionals have with people who might be carrying COVID-19. Josh Dinneen, LaserShip’s VP of Commercial Development, said the company decided early on in the pandemic to help deliver this equipment at no cost to the medical centers.
“We are just managing it, getting it where it needs to go for them,” Dinneen said. “Whatever we can do to leverage what we have in our resources, we need to do it in this time of crisis.”
As a “last-mile delivery service,” the majority of LaserShip’s business comes from medical supply and e-commerce, Dinneen said, adding that it made sense for them to help community members in need.
During this three-month partnership, which will likely be renewed in July, Dinneen said the company has delivered life-saving supply to three Inova Hospitals and 10 additional affiliated medical centers — including Inova Alexandria, Inova Fair Oaks and Inova Fairfax hospitals.
“What’s good for the community now will be good for us in the long-run,” he said.
Dinneen said the company chose to affiliate with Inova because they have coordinated on things like blood drives before.
Though LaserShip began with shipments to hospitals and medical centers nearly every daily when the partnership first began in April, Dinneen said that demand has lessened somewhat, and now they are only sending drivers out once or twice a week.
Going forward, LaserShip will also be helping Food For Others, a Merrifield based organization that helps community members facing food insecurity.
“We’ve offered to come in and do some logistics advice,” he said, adding that the company is also helping the organization with food delivery.
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