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From Puppy Pads To Medical Masks: How A ‘Shark Tank’ Entrepreneur Is Helping Fresno Hospitals

Even before the coronavirus, Tiffani Quinto had some experience with pandemics. “You know I lived through H1N1,” she said. “I was a buyer at the time at Valley Children’s. And it’s similar to that.” Now she’s the supply chain management contract coordinator for Community Medical Centers in Fresno. She says medical supply distributors operate on an allocation system based on a hospital’s previous purchase history. “So let’s say Community Medical Centers would order 500,000 masks a month, and that was maybe our steady amount, that’s what we would be allotted now,” she said. The benefit of the system is that everyone at least gets something, unlike during the H1N1 pandemic, Quinto said. That’s when “a lot of facilities [were] bulk buying as many masks as they possibly could, so then that left a lot of healthcare systems without anything,” she added. But it also means Quinto has to figure out other ways to boost product supply during a pandemic. “And that’s where these third party

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