Touro University Nevada Donates 80,000 Masks to Help Combat COVID-19 Pandemic

The masks were a generous gift from the Cyrus and Michael Tang Foundation
Apr 15, 2020

Touro University Nevada took another major step in helping to protect the Southern Nevada community from COVID-19 by providing 80,000 medical-grade and surgical masks to local hospitals, physicians, medical centers, first responders, and more, for free.

The masks were a generous gift from the Cyrus and Michael Tang Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to supporting education, healthcare, and community service. Michael Tang, with roots in both Las Vegas and Chicago, serves on Touro University Nevada’s Advisory Board and is a generous supporter of the University.

Touro donated masks to area hospitals, local physicians, medical centers, senior care facilities, and first responder agencies. To date, nearly all of the masks have been distributed with 12,000 masks being delivered to Henderson Hospital for the six hospitals within the Valley Health System; 2,000 masks to University Medical Center (UMC), 1,000 to U.S. Acute Care Solutions, 2,000 to Sunrise Hospital, and 1,000 to Nathan Adelson Hospice just on the first day. Another 6,000 masks were donated to the Clark County Medical Society for distribution to member physicians in their respective practices.  Masks were also provided to a variety of local first responder agencies, including the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Henderson Police and Fire departments, and North Las Vegas Police Department.

“The importance of providing medical-grade masks in our community’s fight against the coronavirus to help protect healthcare providers and those who are on the front lines of the battle cannot be overstated,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro University Nevada. “With this gift, Michael Tang is not only a friend of Touro University Nevada, but to our entire community. We are grateful for his generosity and are committed to ensuring those medical facilities and providers who are in need of masks will receive them.”

NOTE:  Touro has just received an additional donation of 120,000 medical-grade and surgical masks from Michael Tang and is in the process of inventorying the items and identifying entities with greatest need for distribution.