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Carnivore Meat Company donated its UV sterilization equipment to two local health care systems: HSHS hospitals in Eastern Wisconsin (St. Vincent Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; and St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan) and Prevea Health. 

The company first donated the use of its UV equipment to sterilize masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for local first responders and health care professionals back in March. Lanny Viegut, CEO and owner of Carnivore Meat Company, worked with local health professionals to organize the relocation of the equipment to a clean room facility, which became the first known fully operational, continuous in-line UV PPE sterilization facility in the U.S.

Since that time, the facility has processed thousands of masks for health care facilities, police and fire departments, dental offices and local businesses throughout Northeastern Wisconsin. Nearly 70 organizations have benefited from services provided by the UV sterilization facility, despite the ongoing shortages of N95 masks nationwide.

“It is our sincere hope the HSHS Eastern Wisconsin hospitals and Prevea Health will be able to assist even more health care workers and first responders in addition to businesses, locally or regionally, should they find themselves in need,” said Viegut. “We’re blessed to be in a position to help and play a proactive role in overcoming COVID-19 related difficulties.”