General Motors Joins the Fight Against COVID-19

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on March 20, 2020 at 9:43 pm

General Motors is teaming up with Ventec Life Systems to increase production of respiratory care products in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In cooperation with StoptheSpread.org, the nation’s coordinated private sector response to COVID-19, GM will provide logistical, purchasing, and manufacturing expertise to help Ventec build more of their ventilators, according to a joint press release from the organizations.

“We are working closely with Ventec to rapidly scale up production of their critically important respiratory products to support our country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mary Barra, GM Chairman and CEO. “We will continue to explore ways to help in this time of crisis.”

Since 2012, Ventec Life Systems has been dedicated to redefining respiratory care to improve patient outcomes and reduce caregiver challenges in the hospital and home. According to its website, the company’s “history of patient-centric design includes more than 10 care changing respiratory devices and more than 40 patents.”

“With GM’s help, Ventec will increase ventilator production,” said Chris Kiple, Ventec Life Systems CEO.  “By tapping their expertise, GM is enabling us to get more ventilators to more hospitals much faster.  This partnership will help save lives.”

We join StoptheSpread.org in lauding both General Motors and Ventec for the partnership.

In a joint statement with General Motors and Ventec Life Systems, StoptheSpread.org said: “We are grateful for the partnership between GM and Ventec Life Systems, which will enable Ventec to drastically scale production of critically needed respiratory care products. This is a vital step in delivering relief to our healthcare system, which is threatened by the spread of COVID-19. As this virus continues to endanger the lives of countless Americans, StopTheSpread.org is working to unite the business community around a common threat to our economy and our way of life. We know the strength of this effort relies on urgent coordination between the public and private sectors in order to get through this crisis.”