Source: The KY Standard
A retired Bardstown man has used his connections in the business world to help a local healthcare facility secure much-needed personal protection equipment to use during the novel coronavirus epidemic.
Dusty McCoy, who has been generous to the community he moved to so he could be closer to family members, went into action when his daughter-in-law told him Hardin Memorial Healthcare Bardstown Family Medical Center’s inventory was dwindling.
“He heard me talking about how low we were on supplies and how worried we were that we were not going to have enough supplies,” Dr. Holly McCoy said. “He just started thinking that a lot of these businesses that he used to associate with might have some extra supplies that they could spare. When he discussed that with them, they stepped up to the plate immediately.”
She was referring to Louisiana Pacific, a company on whose board Dusty McCoy, former CEO of Brunswick Corporation, now sits.
“Louisiana Pacific reached out to a couple of their small plants, one in Huntsville, Ala., and on in Jasper, Texas,” Holly McCoy said. “The employees actually went through all of their supplies, they packaged them up and sent us all of their extra supplies so we could have the proper equipment. We didn’t even have to pay the shipping. It was 100 percent donated.”
Just last week, a truck dropped off 320 N95 masks, 3,000 pairs of gloves, and several boxes of gowns.
Like other first responders and health care providers, the HMH facility has struggled to find supplies, and Dr. McCoy said the staff learned to be creative with what few they did have.
“What we’ve started to have to do at Hardin is take our N95 masks and put them through a hydrogen peroxide machine to help clean the masks so that we can reuse them. If we have four providers seeing patients actively and we go through a mask a day and we have to wear the same mask all day, we will go through masks very quickly.”
Dr. McCoy admits the past several weeks have been stressful.
For weeks, her husband Chad, a Bardstown attorney and Republican state legislator, while the General Assembly was in session, was working in what she described as an environment he “had to frequently be exposed to people that he would not know if they had the virus or not. And to be in close quarters. Between him coming home with that exposure, me being here seeing patients with the exposure, we just don’t know that we’re bringing that home to our families potentially.”
Dusty McCoy lives next to the doctor and his son. He was not there when the truck arrived with the supplies, instead staying in during this unusual time. This was not his first gesture to help his adopted home.
Earlier this year, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce honored him as the 2019 Man of the Year. He was recognized for the efforts of his family’s Sunflower Fund that was instituted to address hunger issues in Nelson County. The fund not only provided food but supplies, such as a truck, and established the Meals from the Heart delivery program.
The McCoy family also created the Bluegrass Aerospace Experience and purchased a plane kit so students from the four local high schools could build an airplane at the Samuels Field airport.