AmSpa Encourages Members to Donate Personal Protective Equipment to Hospitals in Need

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The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa) on Monday announced an initiative to donate millions of dollars’ worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and caregivers across the United States to help combat the growing shortages due to the COVID-19 crisis.

"With the total number of medical spas, plastic surgeons and cosmetic dermatologists in this country, we should be able to donate well over a million dollars’ worth of supplies. And that’s the goal.”

The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa) on Monday announced an initiative to donate millions of dollars’ worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and caregivers across the United States to help combat the growing shortages due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Medical spas provide voluntary aesthetic medical treatments, such as Botox, lip fillers and laser rejuvenation services, to patients worldwide. With 3,000 members and growing, AmSpa is the largest association of medical spas and aesthetic clinics in the United States.

“Medical spas and aesthetic clinics are in a unique position because, as medical facilities, we utilize some of the personal protective equipment that is at such a shortage nationwide,” says Alex R.Thiersch, JD, founder and CEO of AmSpa. “Since most medical spas are closed because they only provide voluntary, non-essential medical services, we need to do our part and make sure any PPE in our possession gets to the folks who really need it.”

Last Thursday, AmSpa called on all medical spas and aesthetic clinics to close nationwide to assist in reducing the spread of coronavirus. Now, AmSpa is calling on those same medical spas to donate any gloves, swabs, gowns and masks they have to their local hospitals or other hospitals in need in the hopes that the industry can help protect those medical professionals who are dealing with the pandemic. If your medical spa or aesthetic clinic has supplies but doesn’t have a local hospital in need, please log on to http://www.donateppe.org and donate through this site to make sure your supplies get to those who need them the most.

Thiersch also is calling on all plastic and cosmetic surgeons performing non-essential aesthetic surgeries to participate in the PPE drive, as well.

“This is all hands on deck,” says Thiersch. “Our health care workers on the front lines need the supplies and if you have some, please donate them immediately to your local hospital. With the total number of medical spas, plastic surgeons and cosmetic dermatologists in this country, we should be able to donate well over a million dollars’ worth of supplies. And that’s the goal.”

To that end, Thiersch requests that medical spas that donate PPE for this cause keep track of the value of these supplies and take photos of the donations taking place, so that the industry can create a document of this moment in history. Participating medical aesthetic practices are asked to complete the form that can be found at this link about your donation, and upload a picture of the medical supplies being shipped to your local hospital: https://americanmedspa.typeform.com/to/DtWcIe

Along with that, those who donate are encouraged to share their efforts with AmSpa on Instagram. Take the photo of your donations mentioned above and post it on your Instagram account using the hashtag #AmSpaPPEDrive. Please tag @AmSpa_AmericanMedSpa and caption what you donated for a chance to be featured on AmSpa’s social media channels.

About the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa)
The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa) provides business and legal resources to medical spas and aesthetic practices across the country. AmSpa’s events—including Medical Spa & Aesthetic Boot Camps and The Medical Spa Show—provide business and legal best-practices to anyone entering the medical spa space or looking to improve their existing practice. AmSpa members receive access to legal summaries of laws governing medical spas in their state, discounts, a robust and growing webinar library, and many other benefits. For more information visit http://www.americanmedspa.org, call 312-981-0993, or email info@americanmedspa.org.

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