As the demand for medical materials has reached concerning levels across the U.S. and globally, Neiman Marcus Group has partnered with JOANN Stores to begin producing nonsurgical, personal protective equipment including masks, gowns, and scrubs beginning this week for front-line healthcare providers.
Beginning March 25, 2020, Neiman Marcus Group’s alterations facilities will receive product from JOANN to begin creating materials for use by healthcare providers. While these materials are not medical grade, Jo-Ann Fabric secured patterns and templates and is shipping fabric and materials recommended for medical settings, including the guidelines provided by the Providence Hospital System in Washington. While observing appropriate social distancing guidelines, NMG’s alterations specialists will create these products.
Because of the critical shortage, health authorities and hospitals have changed their guidelines for what level of protection is recommended. The CDC has stated that homemade fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.
The first shipment of materials is expected to be sent to healthcare providers later this week. Neiman Marcus Group and JOANN will be covering the cost of shipping and delivery. Neiman Marcus Group and JOANN will produce these materials as long as there is a need, and are poised to create many thousands of essential items.
The partnership between Neiman Marcus Group and JOANN was created to help fill part of the immediate need of materials for medical personnel. Both companies have stepped up to this global and national crisis in support of those who are holding the front line of this pandemic. Any company that has the ability to manufacture medical materials should manufacture right now.