Donated WiFi Devices Connect Patients in Hospitals With Loved Ones

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Donated WiFi Devices Connect Patients in Hospitals With Loved Ones

A nonprofit organization is asking tech manufacturers to donate WiFi-enabled devices for hospital patients to video chat with their loved ones while they receive medical treatment. The goal of the organization is to collect 20,000 donated devices. On their website, they explain that medical facilities are no longer admitting friends or family members due to heightened demand for services and the high risk of spreading diseases.

WiFi Devices in All Hospitals

The nonprofit came about after Sara Rodell — CEO of technology logistics company Loop and Time — heard that individuals in the NYNU (New Work Nurses Union) were trying to organize donations of smart devices. This way, family members and friends could stay in touch with their loved ones during the chaos of the difficult situation that the world is in.

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Donated WiFi Devices Connect Patients in Hospitals With Loved Ones

A Great Outcome

Rodell was so touched by this thought that she then reached out to a team of female executives with many years of combined experience in technology and logistics to help her make sure that the union of the nurses got what they were looking for. For this purpose, she organized the infrastructure of her own company in Texas to help receive donations and distribute orders of WiFi devices to hospitals and even manage the shipping and handling.

She claims that she has over 3,000 devices committed and that more conversations are underway to achieve this goal. She received some great responses from partners willing to donate devices including PCS Wireless, Presto, and even Microsoft, with more announcements coming soon.

Despite how the campaign of the company was launched recently, the movement has already raised over $100,000. It’s making a real difference in the lives of patients in hospitals, their families, and friends. It gives some of them one opportunity that would have been too much of a tragedy if lost — the opportunity for patients and loved ones to share their last goodbye.