Local group donates face masks to Acadian Ambulance and area hospitals

Posted at 6:42 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 19:42:33-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — Acadian Ambulance announced on Tuesday that it had received a donation of 2,100* surgical masks from the Lafayette Chinese-American Association and Lafayette Xinxin Chinese School.

According to a release from Acadian, the women in the association also donated masks to Lafayette General Medical Center, University Hospital & Clinics, Our Lady of Lourdes, Acadian Medical Center and CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini.

“As Chinese-Americans, we feel obligated to make a concerted effort now to do all we can do to ensure that our children, as well as all children of the U.S., will survive this pandemic and have a safer environment in which to thrive in the future,” said Min Zou Simon, who brought the donations to Acadian’s Hub City operations headquarters Tuesday afternoon, in the release.

Acadian said its Operations Manager Orlando Rolon and Quality Improvement Coordinator Mike Burley were on hand to accept the masks.

“We are grateful for this donation of masks from the Lafayette Chinese-American Association so that we can continue to ensure the protection of our medics and patients,” Rolon stated in the release.

Acadian Ambulance is one of the largest ambulance services in the nation, offering emergency and non-emergency transportation to areas in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Tennessee, the release states. They are employee-owned and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.

*Acadian Ambulance has updated the official number of masks donated by the Lafayette Chinese-American Association and Lafayette Xinxin Chinese School to be 2,100. A previous release stated the number of donated masks was 1,000.