Carroll, Iowa retiree using welding skills to make face shields

CARROLL, Iowa- A Carroll man has made more than two-dozen, face shields for his local hospital.

Jack Thompson was inspired to do so, when his son, Cory Thompson, who works at St Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll called and said they could use the shields. The elder Thompson, is a retired Industrial Tech professor at Des Moines Area Community College in Carroll, and happened to have welding equipment.

Thompson got some supplies and got to work. It takes him about an hour to make each one, and he's finished 26 to date.

Cory Thompson is a 2013 graduate of DMACC Carroll Campus Nursing Program.

Jack Thompson is DMACC Emeritus Industrial-Electro Mechanical Technology.

“By providing us with face shields, you are not only protecting our staff, you are protecting the patients and community we’re privileged to serve”, said Bailee Schleisman, RN, who works as an Infection Preventionist at St. Anthony Regional Hospital.

Trish Roberts, Director of the St. Anthony Regional Hospital Foundation, says it's been difficult to get personal protective equipment from traditional suppliers. She said the state and federal government have limited supplies, and most of those limited supplies are going to COVID-19 hot spots.

“During this challenging time when PPE is in short supply, we sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support from our community,” Roberts said. “People are providing protective equipment and supplies that typically are used in different settings. These items are now being used effectively by our frontline healthcare staff.”