Porsche once again stepped-up its efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic through donating €1.3 million to medical facilities in Stuttgart, Germany, where the sports car maker is based.
The Katharinenhospital, Bad Cannstatt, and the Olgahospital, Germany’s largest children’s hospital shall receive the bulk of donation to acquire 21 ventilators, 20 anesthetic machines, endoscopes for intubation and a LightCycler 480 laboratory apparatus designed to detect the coronavirus in DNA samples.
Likewise, the Klinikum Stuttgart and the Marien hospital are also included in the beneficiaries in which the funds will be used in purchasing15,000 FFP2 protective masks, 100,000 premium mouth and nose protective masks, a mobile X-ray unit, oxygen flow meters and 30 syringe infusion pumps which continuously inject medication into patients.
The amount will also be used to link bedside machines in-stalled at the additional intensive care beds to the hospitals’ patient data management system network. The hospitals noted that the equipment can also be utilized for other patients even after the coronavirus crisis is over.
Porsche’s donation to Klinikum Stuttgart has helped to expand its test capacities for detecting COVID-19 infections and multiply its ventilation capacity, from 90 beds at the beginning of the year to over 200 at present.
Andreas Haffner, a member of the Executive Board of Human Resources and Social Affairs at Porsche AG said, “the outstanding performance of the healthcare services in Germany has been impressively demonstrated over recent weeks. But more support is needed. At Porsche, helping others is something that is deeply rooted in our culture. In this case, we are supporting the de-manding work of doctors and nursing staff and ensuring the best possible care of patients.”
Some of Porsche’s earlier initiatives at addressing the spread of COVID-19 include organizing the airlift of medical equipment from China to Germany; auctioning off the last Porsche 991-generation 911 Speedster, proceeds for which are intended for various coronavirus-related projects; supporting food banks in Germany; and donating €5 million to local organizations.