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Corporate foundation gives hospital $100K

April 18, 2019
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Gerald Barbini left and Murray Kessler - Perrigo foundation check presentation to Allegan General Hospital
Gerald Barbini, left, president and CEO of Allegan General Hospital, and Murray Kessler, president and CEO of Perrigo. Courtesy Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation

A drug maker’s foundation has donated $100,000 to a hospital in the region.

Allegan General Hospital will use the gift from the Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation for new sterilizing machines that significantly increase the number of surgical instruments that can be sterilized at a given time.

The hospital is spending $475,000 to renovate the sterile processing area of its surgery department.

Each new sterilizer has a much larger capacity, so fewer cycles are needed, saving time and improving staff productivity, according to Kathy Chapman, chief clinical officer, Allegan General Hospital.

The new units are also environmentally friendly, reducing water consumption by more than 200 gallons per cycle.

“The sterilizer machines are the most recent in a long list of very generous Perrigo donations that significantly enhance our ability to provide high-quality services to area residents,” said Gerald Barbini, president and CEO, Allegan General Hospital.

Murray Kessler, president and CEO of Perrigo, said while the drug maker is “evolving to become a focused self-care company that promotes wellness, we understand that when treatment of disease is needed, it is critical that hospitals are the best they can be.”

“Residents who come to Allegan General Hospital needing treatment may not have access to surgical units in larger cities,” Kessler said.

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