(CHARLOTTE, NC) – BEDGEAR Foundation, BEDGEAR’s registered 501(c)3 arm, has donated tens of thousands of KN95 respirator masks and thousands of the brand’s Performance pillows throughout Long Island, New York in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Now, through a local connection, the BEDGEAR Foundation has made additional donations directly to Charlotte’s Mid Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates (MEMA) to assist in providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers in local emergency departments.

In March, Joanna York, MD, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist with MEMA, informed her stepson, BEDGEAR Vice President of Operations, Evan York, about how hospital staff needed proper rest and recovery during this time to keep up with the demand. Mr. York was able to step in with the connection and assist with the significant donation to assist in this effort coming directly from Rock Hill.

“MEMA’s upmost priority is assisting our physicians and clinicians through this pandemic and with these special pillows, our team will be able to rest easier.” says Tim Lietz, MD, FACEP, MEMA’s CEO. “Working as a clinician in the emergency department is an intense endeavor and physician burnout is a serious concern of ours as we continue to work through COVID-19. We are grateful to BEDGEAR and their partnership, assisting us in these efforts.”


The Performance® bedding company with a focus on health and well-being is headquartered on Long Island and manufactures their pillows in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Their Performance pillows were given to medical staff members who are working countless hours and their breathable pillows ensure front-line heroes can maximize their rest and recovery time while they sleep.



Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates (MEMA) was founded in 1976.  MEMA is a physician-owned team of more than 75 emergency and acute medical care clinicians that serves the greater Charlotte and Piedmont areas of North Carolina. Learn more about MEMA by visiting our website at www.mema.net.


For information about the BEDGEAR Foundation, please visit http://www.bedgearfoundation.org/