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In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Harriss & Covington Hosiery Mills in High Point, North Carolina, partnered with occupational health service EHOP Health to create the brand of Easy Masks. The new company has now sold more than 250,000 masks. NC State ISE students Katie Lawson and Eric Swanson joined Easy Masks as intern consultants to work on safe packaging as well as maximizing quality and quantity. The duo talk about their experience with IISE's Frank Reddy in this first episode of 2021 for "Problem Solved."
In this bonus episode of "Problem Solved," we play interviews with healthcare engineers from May 2020 who have insight about how health systems are managing and operating through the COVID-19 crisis. We first chat with Amanda Mewborn, vice president of facility planning and development at Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia, about her experience on the frontlines of patient care during the pandemic. We also speak with Ali Hobbs, a healthcare consultant with Catalyst, a Haskell Company and Aaron Kanne, executive director of implementation services at Care Logistics in Atlanta, about the Think Tank sessions sponsored by the Society for Health Systems throughout the spring. Listeners, you can also share your own experiences from within your industry about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Crisis Resource Community on IISE Connect at: https://link.iise.org/crisis-response-connect