Saturday, April 11, 2020

Hill School Partners to Help Hospital, 1st Responders

Submitted Photos
Little Italy owner Rocky Citrino and Hill School Human Relations
Director Heather Gelting deliver Good Friday Hoagies to
Pottstown Hospital Friday.
People in the greater Pottstown community continue to demonstrate that we are in fact, a great community.

Here is the latest example provided by The Hill's ever-energetic Cathy Skitko:

Hill School faculty and staff recently took up a collection and raised more than $1,800 to purchase about 300 lunches for medical staff at the hospital and Goodwill Fire Company personnel. 

Through the efforts of Hill's Human Resources director Heather Gelting, the school has been working with the ever-generous Rocky Citrino at Little Italy's with plans to deliver 350 hoagies to Pottstown Hospital and 25 Goodwill, "as our way of saying thank you to the dedicated and heroic EMT, fire, and hospital staff," Skitko wrote.
Goodwill Fire Station also received hoagies from the effort.

Pottstown Hospital as well as other hospitals/emergency personnel are receiving significant deliveries of essential PPE equipment donated by Hill School parents and alumni from China and South Korea.

They organized efforts to gather these much-needed supplies and shipped them to Hill's Elliot Menkowitz, M.D. Wellness Center for distribution as needed throughout our area. 

China is a major producer of these essential products. Some of The Hill donors live in our region but have contacts who helped to make this possible.
Yijuan Qiu, Hill's administrative coordinator and international
family liaison, with a large shipment of masks received April 7.

As the COVID-19 situation was worsening in the U.S., a few Hill parents reached out to Headmaster Zack Lehman and asked what they could do to help our general area in the growing crisis, and he said that PPE support was greatly needed. 

Hill's parents and alumni took it from there.

More than 70 Hill families are participating in this effort, including parents who have enrolled their students for next year for the first time. 

Pottstown Police officer Steve Dise, left,
and Corporal Todd Istenes with masks
donated by The Hill School.
"Hill expects as many as 50,000 masks or more will make their way to healthcare-related facilities in our area via a first stop at Hill's Wellness Center. 

So far, about 20,000 masks of various models have been delivered and distributed (or are in the process of being delivered to their final destinations) since this effort began in late March, according to Dr. Kristin Spencer, Medical Director of Hill's Wellness Center. 

The equipment has found grateful homes, so far, at the Pottstown Hospital; the Pottstown Police Department; Goodwill Fire Company; the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's emergency department; Keystone Villa Continuing Care Community in Douglassville; and various emergency services/ambulance companies and other healthcare professionals.

Helping to coordinate the effort, in addition to Dr. Spencer, has been Yijuan Qiu, Hill's Administrative Coordinator and International Family Liaison.

Also, before these parents and alumni became involved, masks that were on hand for use in Hill's Science Department were donated by Hill to the local cause.

From left, Carrie Hehn, interim executive director for personal care, Sue Seanor, executive director of independent living and Jonathan Garber, vice president of operations, heritage senior living with masks donated by The Hill School's efforts.

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