200 Metro Blvd. at the ON3 campus in Nutley and Clifton — Courtesy: Prism Capital Partners
By Joshua Burd
Prism Capital Partners is doing its part to help the health care community in the fight against COVID-19, having donated a trove of critical safety gear found at its flagship ON3 campus.
The developer this week delivered the stockpile of supplies, which it uncovered in a former environmental control facility storeroom, to Hackensack University Medical Center. The donation included more than 400 DuPont Tyvek Bacteria suits, more than 500 Kimtec bacterial masks and in excess of 1,000 personal hygiene kits each containing four masks, latex gloves, a disposable thermometer, hand sanitizer and sterile wipes.
ON3, which straddles Nutley and Clifton, is the former Hoffmann-La Roche North American headquarters campus, which housed biologic research facilities among other operations.
“When Roche sold us the campus, they left lots of things behind — from artwork, to building materials to biologic research supplies,” said Prism’s Eugene Diaz, principal partner. “When we realized the abundance of the protective gear in our possession, we quickly determined that the best way to make good use of these items was to give them to the medical community at a time when supplies are so desperately needed and in short supply. We hope that other similarly situated research properties and companies can do the same thing.”
Prism already has ties to Hackensack Meridian Health, the hospital’s parent company, given that
ON3 is home to the Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation and the network’s two-year-old private medical school, among other facilities. The center made news earlier this month after developing a rapid response diagnostic test for COVID-19.
“We are proud that ON3’s growing bio ecosystem is contributing to health care advancements at a time when our nation — and globe — needs this type of innovation more than any other time in recent history,” Diaz added.
Prism transported the gear to the loading dock of Hackensack University Medical Center, in adherence with all appropriate restrictions and precautions.
“I want to offer our deep appreciation to Prism for the discovery and donation of these essential materials during this critical time,” said Robert Glenning, president, financial and information services division, and chief financial officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “We are grateful for their thoughtfulness and generosity as we all work together on behalf of our patients, our team members and our community.”
Brian McCarthy, lead building technician and ON3 team member, unloads a stockpile of critical safety gear at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack. — Courtesy: Prism Capital Partners