ATLANTA – Serta Simmons Bedding will donate 10,000 mattresses to New York City hospitals and temporary medical facilities fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. And it is calling on its industry peers to do the same.
“As the largest American producer of mattresses, Serta Simmons Bedding is committed to ensuring those who are hospitalized have a bed available where they can receive care and heal,” said SSB CEO David Swift. “We’re calling on our peers in the bedding industry to join us in addressing this need.”
SSB officials noted that while the health care system’s shortages of masks and ventilators have been well publicized, bedding is also expected to soon be “dangerously scarce” as the virus spreads and hospitalizations surge. That is particularly the case in New York, the officials added, where N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state would soon require as many as 140,000 additional hospital beds. New York currently has 53,000 hospital beds in use.
Beyond the 10,000 mattress donation, SSB also offered additional assistance, noting that its factories and its expansive distribution network are capable of producing up to 20,000 beds per day, at the lowest possible cost if needed.
SSB’s donation, which is valued at $2 million, is being facilitated through its relationship with Relief Bed International, a nonprofit organization that provides beds to impoverished people and disaster victims around the world.
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