BrandSource distributor Almo Corp. has teamed up with fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy to provide unused and refurbished out-of-warranty ventilators to hospitals and state agencies throughout the country.
The partners said they are responding to the increased need for the machines as more patients experience critical, coronavirus-related respiratory issues.
As part of the process, Bloom is refurbishing the ventilators while Almo is using its national logistics network to ship old units to and repaired ventilators from Bloom’s manufacturing facilities in California and Delaware to the agencies and hospitals that need them most.
The refurbished machines are first tested by biomedical engineers at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, Calif., before they are distributed, the partners said.
“Our focus has always been on family,” said Almo President/CEO Warren Chaiken. “The health and safety of our local community and people of this nation is our priority now and we want to do what we can to help in this time of crisis.”
Almo and Bloom previously partnered on a self-sustaining solar panel project at the distributor’s Philadelphia warehousing facility that is generating enough electricity annually to offset 900,000 pounds of coal.