Kelsey Margheim and Maggie Hilty ship PPE for Avamere to communities in need during COVID-19

May 1, 2020

WILSONVILLE, Ore. – COVID-19 has put personal protective equipment (PPE) in high demand worldwide. The Avamere Family of Companies, a group of healthcare companies, continues to source and obtain large shipments of PPE.

The healthcare company recently obtained 122,800 3-ply face masks through a vendor in China after receiving a lead through the Young Presidents Organization, a non-profit organization which Avamere CEO Rick Miller is a member of.

Purchasing Manager Kelsey Margheim and Vice President of Business Development Maggie Hilty have been working together to source, purchase, and distribute PPE across the family of companies. The two have recently procured an additional shipment of 10,000 N95 masks from the same vendor and 1,500 oz. of sanitizer from various sources.

Avamere staff are thankful for generous PPE donations from many individuals and organizations. Avamere received 1,000 N95 masks from the Clackamas County Emergency Operations Center, the largest donation of N95 masks Avamere has received.

The healthcare company has also received donations from family and friends of employees, Cherry Digital Design, Henry Schein Dental, Intel, Jesuit High School, and the University of New Mexico, among many others.

Donations include a range of PPE, such as N95 masks, 3-ply masks, gloves, and even cloth masks.

“Many people have taken their evenings and weekends to sew masks and make face shields,” Margheim stated. “We are so thankful to all our generous donors.”

During April 2020, Kelsey and Maggie distributed over 165 orders of PPE throughout The Avamere Family of Companies. They report that while PPE stock is significantly better than a few weeks ago, Avamere staff still have a strong need for gowns and N95 masks. Anyone with PPE leads can submit them at

Amongst the spreading virus, Avamere staff and leaders have been working diligently to promote health and safety of patients and residents.

“We have taken quick action to implement screening, surveillance, and symptomatic testing of staff, residents, and patients and outstanding infection control practices,” stated Bob Thomas, Chief Operations Officer. “Adequate PPE supply and testing is central to this mission. We continue to encourage our state and federal partners to assist us in supplying critical PPE and funded and available testing options.”

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About the Avamere Family of Companies

Founded in 1995 and based in Wilsonville, Oregon, the Avamere Family of Companies provides assisted living, independent living, memory care, rehabilitation, home care, transitional care, and more. Today Avamere’s diverse companies operate in over 250 locations across 19 states with over 8,800 employees. Avamere is proud to be considered one of Oregon’s most admired companies as they continue to serve their valued patients and residents. For more information, please visit

Avamere Family of Companies

25115 SW Parkway Ave, Suite B

Wilsonville, OR 97070

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