Community Engagement

PPG donates life-saving equipment to Italy’s Alessandria Hospital

PPG donates life-saving equipment to Italy’s Alessandria Hospital

Community Sustainability, Global Giving

Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis in Italy, PPG joined forces once again with Fondazione Uspidalet Onlus to serve those most at risk.

According to Rodolfo Saporiti, global account director & automotive market director, PPG has a close bond with Foundation Uspidalet Onlus. “Five years ago, we joined forces to bring to fruition the first COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® project in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region where our people came together to add color to the pediatric hospital of Alessandria. Today we meet again for a different mission – to protect the lives and livelihoods of the many patients affected by this potentially fatal disease.”

As the first country in Europe to be affected by the virus, Italy quickly found their hospitals in an emergency situation, particularly around the Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia and Romagna regions, where most of PPG’s Italian sites are located.

As the crisis stormed through the province of Alessandria, Civil Hospital Antonio and Biagio urgently required the specialty video bronchoscopy equipment, for their pneumology department. The life-saving equipment was purchased through a PPG emerging needs relief grant donated to Fondazione Uspidalet Onlus, an organization well-known for its strong links with the community and health establishments in Alessandria,

“The support that PPG has given to our foundation during the pandemic is once again testimony to your company’s sensitivity towards social and health issues,” said Bruno Lulani, president, Fondazione Uspidalet Onlus. “Your proximity to the communities in need and desire to meet their healthcare requirements makes community spirit a distinctive feature of your company. May I express a huge thank you to everyone at PPG for the part they have played in arranging this important donation which has allowed us to purchase a fundamental tool for hospital activity.”

According to Mario Salio, director of respiratory diseases structure, Civil Hospital Antonio and Biagio, Alessandria, the hospital reorganized its activities during the emergency by re-structuring wards and dedicating them completely to the care of COVID-19 patients.  

He further explained that the bronchoscopy is an important tool for the disease as, in patients with COVID-19 pneumonia, it is often necessary to carry out bronchoscopies to remove secretions from the respiratory tract.

Andrea Giunta, global technical director, automotive refinish coatings, PPG, commented, “In a difficult moment of health crisis, we chose to partner with an organization whose fundamental values are to work every day to save lives and protect health and safety.”

Learn more about Fondazione Uspidalet Onlus’s campaign #Idomypart. CLICK HERE for a video where Isabella Ercole, Quattordio plant manager and managing director, PPG Industries Italia, explains how #PPGdoesitspart. 

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