CIA Medical is passionate about giving back to our community. One of the great privileges of growing as a company is being able to support causes that matter to us. The two main initiatives that we currently have are face mask donations to first responders and our annual scholarship program. We focus on supporting front line workers and post-secondary students because these are areas that we feel we can have a great positive impact.
We are always thinking of new ways to support those in need and have plans to expand our donation programs nationwide in the near future. It gives us an overwhelming sense of joy to be able to help others and directly or indirectly contribute to better patient outcomes. A percentage of our medical supplies each year has been set aside for donations. If you or your organization share the same values as CIA Medical and would like to explore opportunities to receive a donation, or partner with us in giving back to our community, please contact us.
Donating Face masks to VETERANS AND first responders
Our mask donation program is designed to support wounded warriors nationwide and the heroic first responders in our community by providing much-needed facemasks during the Covid-19 crisis. We are proud to support the VA system with the personal protective equipment needed to keep their staff safe. In connecting with emergency workers in our community, we are learning more about the incredible challenges that the police and fire departments face on a day to day basis.
In the spring of 2020, for many organizations, it was difficult to procure much-needed face masks. We elected to donate masks in person to the people at the front line protecting us and serving our community. In giving to first responders, we’re helping ensure the safety of the civilians they interact with. We heard from them that wearing masks instilled more trust and respect from the people they came into contact with. It is an incredible honor to support those in our community who are dedicated to ensuring our safety in the Chicagoland and Northwest suburbs.
Highlights from our Medical SUpplies and face mask donations
CIA Medical donated 4000 facemasks to the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, the main office that oversees all the Veterans medical facilities across the United States.
“Thank you for helping ensure we have personal protective equipment and other necessary supplies to keep our staff safe as precautions against the spread of coronavirus.
The generosity of donors like you greatly impacts our ability to care for Veteran patients while keeping our staff safe and healthy. The commitment you have shown to our Veterans demonstrates your concern for America’s heroes.
Thank you for your support.”
— Patrick J. Kelly, FACHE, Director, Minneapolis VA Health Care System
CIA Medical donated over 50 infrared touchless forehead thermometers, and dozens of cases of instant hand sanitizer packets to Holyoke Health Center, a community focused facility that strives to improve the health of their patients through affordable, quality healthcare and community-based programs.
“We are extremely grateful for the large donation of hand sanitizer packets and the infrared thermometers. We are actively donating the hand sanitizers to our patients that come into our building for Medical, Dental or Pharmacy Services. We have a basket out front in which they are handed a few packets for their own personal use. We have also created small brown bags in which we are hadning out at our mobile vaccination clinics. Recently, we were on the news as we have partnered with Tufts Health Plan to take the bus into underservered areas of Holyoke and Chicopee MA. At these clinics, we have a give away table, and residents of these areas are welcome to take a bag or bottle of hand sanitizer with them after their vaccination. As you can imagine the community was very grateful for the hand sanitizers as infection control is an important part of COVID prevention!
We are being a bit more directive when donating the infrared thermometers - we want to make assurances that they are going to patients that will utilize them and need them. We have been giving those out to many of our pediatric patients and patients with suspect infections that may not have access to a thermometer at home. These are being received with utmost appreciation - as we truly appreciate your donation on their behalf.
Thank you for giving us this opportunity, and we hope you keep us in mind in the future.”
— Marlo Connor, RN-BS, PMP, Chief Operating Officer, Holyoke Health Center
I really love how this company has donated boxes and boxes of face masks to our first responders. Thank you CIA!
Michael Stone of the Wheeling Police Department in the Village of Wheeling, IL
“I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the extremely thoughtful gesture of delivering PPE to the men and women of the Wheeling Police Department earlier this month. The necessity for our staff to be protected to serve our community is of the utmost importance. To be reminded that the people we serve appreciate our efforts invigorates us all to continue to be the best we can be especially during these trying times. Thank you for taking the time to let us know we are accomplishing our mission with your expression of gratitude.”
— James J. Dunne, Chief of Police, Wheeling Police Department
CIA Medical Scholarship: Honoring the Superheroes of healthcare
When we created an annual essay-based scholarship program in the spring of 2017, we wanted to not only help students fund their post-secondary educations, but to also unmask the unsung superheroes of healthcare – the doctors, nurses, physical therapists and others who strive every day to improve their patients’ physical and emotional wellbeing.
“With so many people focused on the cost of healthcare, we wanted to remind everyone that – at its heart – this industry is about people helping people,” said CIA Medical Managing Partner Charles Lewis. “So we asked each applicant to write a story of how a healthcare worker made a difference in their life or a loved one’s life. We weren’t sure what to expect, but when the essays began flooding in, they blew our minds. We were in tears while reading these essays.”
Each year, hundreds of students from diverse backgrounds across the country share intimate stories about compassionate and dedicated professionals who delivered not only great clinical care, but also helped them or their loved ones cope with physical pain, fear and emotional traumas.
In previous years, we have received stories of how a doctor performing surgeries for free in war torn Yemen became a pillar of hope in her community, how a civilian doctor saved the life of a daughter in a military family which caused him his job, to the smiling surgeon who “danced his way into the room” to reconstruct a young woman’s face.
We are committed to supporting the next generation of community leaders in their fields of study. Our annual scholarship is an opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the positive outcomes that healthcare professionals have on their patients and their families.
To learn more about the CIA Medical Scholarship program or to apply for an award, visit the main Scholarship Page.
Thank you so much for this scholarship! It is truly an honor to be chosen for this award. This has been a difficult year with a lot of things up in the air and being chosen for this scholarship is definitely a bright spot.