Viya has remained committed to keeping customers connected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As the local operator, Viya is also committed to the supporting the community and assisting essential health care and law enforcement personnel, who are especially challenged with the scarcity of resources and personal protective equipment.
During the week of May 4, Viya presented 20,000 masks to three government entities.
On Tuesday, May 5, Chief Executive Officer Geraldine Pitt presented 7,500 surgical masks to Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Dyma Williams. Pitt said, “On behalf of the Viya team, I would like to express our gratitude for the amazing health care professionals who care for everyone, from newborns to treasured seniors. Every day you exhibit boundless compassion and expertise and you are currently doing so while dealing with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Viya is proud to support the hospital by donating thousands of the most sought after personal protective equipment items necessary for staving off the novel coronavirus: surgical masks,” she said.
Williams, a registered nurse, ruminated on the timing of the donation. “We thank Viya for demonstrating your care of nurses on the advent of Nursing Week, which starts tomorrow, and demonstrating your continued community support for all of our valued team members.”
On Wednesday, May 6, the first day of National Nurses Week, Pitt presented 7,500 masks to Interim CEO of the Roy L. Schneider Regional Hospital. Pitt said, “We truly appreciate first responders and medical teams who work diligently to keep our community healthy. I am thrilled to be here with you, Dr. Amaro and the staff of Roy L. Schneider Hospital on the first day of Nurses Week. We applaud all medical professionals, and we take this time to show our appreciation for the nurses who are in the trenches and are being especially tested during this unprecedented health crisis. Viya is especially proud to provide critical resources to ensure that you are protected as you care for others.”
Dr. Amaro said, “Thank you on behalf of the leadership team, the staff and all of the members that work for Schneider Regional. We are dedicated to serve and provide care. We are trained for this, and we are definitely in gratitude for all the provisions that you and all the community partners have given to us in appreciation for what we do. We definitely acknowledge it.”
CEO Pitt also presented masks to the Virgin Islands Police Department on May 6. During her presentation to VIPD Commissioner Trevor Velinor, Pitt said, “Thank you to our courageous and dedicated law enforcement officers who work tirelessly to keep order in our society. Today, we are proud to present the V.I. Police Department with 5,000 masks to be used as you traverse the public sphere ensuring that the people of the Virgin Islands are safe.”
Commissioner Velinor responded, “Ms. Pitt, Thank you so much on behalf of the Police Department, the men and women in blue, we just want to say an ecstatic ‘Thank you’. Your generosity at Viya goes a long way to support the mission of law enforcement. Our community safety is so important to us. With these masks, this will help us to continue with the tradition of serving effectively.”
“Viya is proud to salute first responders, medical professionals and law enforcement personnel who provide outstanding service on a regular basis and have performed superhuman feats during this unprecedented period in our lives,” said Pitt.