Advanced Cardiac and Vascular Centers for Amputation Prevention announced it is donating almost 5,000 respirator masks to local hospitals, as well as providing more than 500 masks to patients as personal protection equipment to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
ACV co-founder and CEO Dr. Jihad Mustapha is involved with amputation prevention programs worldwide. Through his network of colleagues and friends, he was able to work with suppliers to source an order of hard-to-find masks critical to health care providers and those at high risk of infection.
After securing enough for its own staff of 75, ACV donated remaining masks to Mercy Health St. Mary’s, Metro Health-University of Michigan Health, Forest View Hospital, Spectrum Health Hospitals and Spectrum Health Rehabilitation.
Providers at ACV Centers said the surgical masks are critical for their patients, who are extremely susceptible to disease. ACV treats patients with peripheral artery disease and the more advanced critical limb ischemia, two diseases that when left untreated can lead to amputation.
“PAD and CLI aren’t taking a break during the pandemic, and neither are we,” Mustapha said. “As a patient-centered practice offering the highest-quality, personalized care available, this is one key way we can support those we serve.
The centers remained open during this time, as the procedures they offer are critical to saving the limbs — and lives — of their patients.
Mustapha, along with the other providers at ACV, including co-founder Dr. Fadi Saab, are widely recognized as leaders in preventing amputations due to cardiovascular disease, according to previous Business Journal reports.
“We know 60% of patients who have an amputation from CLI or PAD die within two years, which is higher than the five-year mortality rate for patients with breast, colon and prostate cancer,” Mustapha said. “We’re not OK with that. We have dedicated our lives to helping people save their legs so they can go on to lead full, healthy lives.”
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ACV Centers is continuing to work with reputable vendors to secure additional PPE and will provide additional donations if it can secure more masks.