Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery has been a staunch ally of Trinitas Regional Medical Center for many years. In light of the pandemic, given the fact that New Jersey has one of the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, the generosity of organizations like Phillips 66 is now more essential than ever.

Recently, the refinery granted $50,000 to Trinitas as part of a larger $3 million donation across its communities that happen to be located in the “hot spot” of the pandemic.

“Phillips 66 has been extremely supportive over the years and continues to help us take care of the community,” said Nadine Brechner, Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

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“Especially now, their support will directly save lives by enabling us to purchase supplies crucial in our fight against COVID-19.”

According to Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery General Manager Chris Gallo, more than half of the $3 million allotment has been granted to healthcare providers including Trinitas.

“We feel strongly that these organizations — which have staff on the front lines serving our neighbors who need it most during the COVID-19 pandemic — is where our corporate relief funds must go,” said Gallo.

At Trinitas, the greatest need at the moment is personal protection equipment, such as masks, face shields, gowns, booties and hats. It will also defray the cost of a new ventilator, which runs about $35,000, as the response to COVID-19 has created a shortage of the machines.

The number of COVID-19 cases being handled at Trinitas makes up 3.5 percent of New Jersey’s total cases as of Friday, April 17.

“It feels good to have an organization like Phillips 66 in our corner,” said Gary S. Horan, President & CEO of Trinitas. “While this is clearly one of the greatest challenges Trinitas has faced in our long history, we are confident that we will come out the other side of it knowing we’ve made a difference. We’ll also remember that we had great support along the way.”

In 2018, Phillips 66 granted Trinitas $81,300 for the purchase of an urgently needed new ambulance for the Emergency Services Program, as well as five new Motorola APX 6000 portable radios for its Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU). 

In 2017, they were the major donor of a new, high-tech specialty ambulance that provided a higher level of transport for critically ill patients. The Specialty Care Transport Unit dispatched to more than 1,200 calls, which meant more than 600 patients were transported as emergency MICU paramedic calls, and more than 300 inter-facility transports of critically ill patients were completed.