Aflac, New York State Association of Health Care Providers and Global Center for Medical Innovation Deliver 80,000 Face Shields to Protect New York’s Frontline Workers

New York, Aug. 28, 2020 – Aflac Incorporated, a leader in supplemental insurance at U.S. worksites, has partnered with the New York State Association of Health Care Providers (NYSHCP) and the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) to provide face shields to downstate home- and community-based care agencies that continue to deal with hot spots of COVID-19 cases. Courtesy of a $2 million donation by Aflac, home care agencies in New York City and Long Island are receiving face shields as part of a national pandemic response. 

“The community response and support from corporate partners like Aflac has been truly inspiring,” said Kathy Febraio, CAE, president and CEO of NYSHCP. “As health care providers continue to fight the global pandemic, this donation will assist home care providers in protecting their patients and staff as they deliver vital home care services to the state’s most vulnerable individuals.”

This donation comes as part of Aflac’s $5 million pandemic response effort, with $2 million for GCMI, a comprehensive innovation center using innovative design and development to rapidly scale production to help support medical device shortages, particularly as it relates to ventilators and protective masks. GCMI, which produced the 80,000 face shields, works in collaboration with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta’s Pediatric Technology Center. 

"Whether COVID-19 has directly impacted you or a family member, or even if you are witnessing the impact of this global pandemic through the media, one thing is very clear: as Americans must work together to address this issue," Aflac U.S. President Teresa White said. "At Aflac, our mission is to be there for our policyholders in their time of need, and that commitment extends to the communities we serve. We are pleased to provide the resources to help the GCMI produce these needed safeguards and for NYSHCP to help deliver this necessary equipment that will protect our frontline workers."

"GCMI is the bridge connecting clinicians to help translate ideas through development and scaling solutions rapidly, where it can have broad impact on health care worker safety and patient care," GCMI CEO Tiffany Wilson said. "This funding helps get the relief needed to the frontline by accelerating innovation and collaboration."

About Aflac Incorporated

Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) is a Fortune 500 company, helping provide protection to more than 50 million people through its subsidiaries in Japan and the U.S., where it is a leading supplemental insurer by paying cash fast when policyholders get sick or injured. For more than six decades, insurance policies of Aflac Incorporated's subsidiaries have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. Aflac Life Insurance Japan is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance in Japan where it insures 1 in 4 households. For 14 consecutive years, Aflac Incorporated has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2020, Fortune included Aflac Incorporated on its list of World's Most Admired Companies for the 19th time, and Bloomberg added Aflac Incorporated to its Gender-Equality Index, which tracks the financial performance of public companies committed to supporting gender equality through policy development, representation and transparency. To find out how to get help with expenses health insurance doesn't cover, get to know us at aflac.com or aflac.com/espanol.

About New York State Association of Health Care Providers

The New York State Association of Health Care Providers, Inc. (HCP) is a statewide trade association representing the full spectrum of home and community-based care providers through information, advocacy, and education. HCP represents licensed home care services agencies, certified home health agencies, hospices, fiscal intermediaries and related health organizations. Through a strong network of regional chapters and an active State office in Albany, HCP is a primary authority of the home health care industry. For more information, please visit www.nyshcp.org.

About Global Center for Medical Innovation

The Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) is the Southeast's first and only comprehensive medical device innovation center, dedicated to accelerating development, building businesses and improving health. GCMI opened its doors in April 2012 and to date has worked with over 50 different startups, clinician innovators, university tech transfer offices and academic researchers to design, engineer, prototype and facilitate commercialization of a broad range of innovative medical devices. For more information, please visit www.gcmiatl.com. 

Caption: Aflac Benefits Coordinator Clare Mione delivers one of 1,000 face shields provided to Julian Hagmann, vice president of Caring Professionals, as part of Aflac’s $2 million donation to the Global Center for Medical Innovation, which manufactured the shields. The New York State Association of Health Care Providers helped identify organizations of frontline workers for the delivery of 80,000 of these shields in New York State.