West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders (WMCC) this week received 105 cases of hand sanitizer, produced and donated by Perrigo Company plc, to protect patients and frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 healthcare crisis. Perrigo is a manufacturer of over-the-counter pharmaceuticals whose North American operation is based in Allegan.

“We are extremely grateful for Perrigo’s generous donation which will help support and care for the most vulnerable community members we serve–people with cancer and blood disorders,” said Bridget VandenBussche, CPHRM, WMCC Executive Director. “I am confident Perrigo’s donation of hand sanitizer will help keep our patients and their caregivers healthy and safe during this pandemic.”

WMCC, like most healthcare facilities, has experienced shortages of needed medical supplies during the COVID-19 health crisis. Perrigo, responding to news of shortages across the country, quickly mobilized its team to formulate, produce and ship hand sanitizer within only a few weeks’ time.  Perrigo is manufacturing the hand sanitizer at its New York facility and the product is being delivered to hospitals and healthcare providers in the greater New York City area and in West Michigan, including WMCC.

Perrigo President and CEO Murray S. Kessler said, “As a leading global provider of self-care products, we have a special responsibility to do everything in our power to assist those in need. Given our close ties in the communities where we work and live, we were made aware of the shortage and critical need for hand sanitizers in local area hospitals.”