MRI Spokesperson Dr. Lauren Zalay named PPE “Chicago Health Care Hero”

Graphic with the words “Crain’s Chicago business 2021 Notable Health Care Heroes” above MRI’s official logo, and the words “MRI Spokesperson Lauren Zalay DDS. next to the image of a smiling brunette dentist.

The yearlong pandemic has tried and tested health care workers on the front line—from nursing assistants at rehab facilities to emergency room doctors tending to critically ill patients. These Health Care Heroes—34 individuals and 25 teams—went beyond the call. Early on, they stepped up to care for COVID-19 patients when the risks weren’t fully understood. They scrambled to procure and distribute personal protective equipment, which was in short supply. Many treated patients, including homeless people, in the hardest-hit neighborhoods.

Managers immersed themselves in recommended protocols and treatments and educated their staffs. They bucked up their teams during the darkest days and worried about keeping their families safe. Brighter days arrived in December with the first batch of vaccines, and health care workers say opening those first vials marked a turning point. Some of the heroes have taken on extra duty to get Chicagoans inoculated and pave the way for the pandemic’s end.

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Dr. Lauren Zalay and her dental assistant wearing a face mask, a face shield, and a protective gown, as they tend to an unseen patient in the dental office setting.

When COVID-19 hit, Dr. Lauren Zalay encountered a devastating issue with the lack of availability of PPE. So she organized and coordinated securing PPE for her office, plus other dental and health care offices around the city and across the country. Zalay worked with a Chicago-area philanthropist to manufacture and secure PPP of all types for healthcare workers and continues that mission to this day. She donated nearly all of her office’s PPE to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and charitable organizations working on front lines across the city.

Zalay, a general dentist with University Associates in Dentistry, appeared on local media to inform healthcare professionals that PPE was available. Her relentless pursuit of protecting healthcare workers allowed Frontline workers and other health professionals to Rusty’s he, knowing that they were protected and safe in doing their jobs.

MRI offers N95 masks, KN95 masks, and a full line of available FDA-approved face masks for industrial or personal use – along with other protective personal equipment:

  • Non-surgical isolation gowns
  • Daily use masks
  • General use face masks
  • Sterilized, individually wrapped masks
  • KN95 masks
  • N95 masks
  • Level 1 face masks
  • Level 2 face masks
  • Latex-free masks

MRI makes it easy for you or your business to donate FDA-approved, thoroughly tested disposable masks and PPE to worthwhile charities and organizations. Born from philanthropy, MRI came into being through our desire to help and educate people through this challenging time. Check out our “Send a gift of PPE” page on our website!

For every 4 boxes of product donated, MRI, LLC will donate 1 additional box.

Contact MRI today at: (847) 778-5167 or email  WHOLESALE PRICING AND SAME DAY SHIPPING AVAILABLE.

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