Cleveland Whiskey Collaborates with Cleveland Clinic to Supply Hand Sanitizer to the Health System

hand sanitizer

Cleveland Whiskey Collaborates with Cleveland Clinic
to Supply Hand Sanitizer to the Health System

Program supports Cleveland Clinic’s response to COVID-19


Tuesday, March 24, 2020, CLEVELAND: Cleveland Clinic and the Cleveland Whiskey team are working together to formulate, blend and bottle hand sanitizer for the health system. A sufficient supply of hand sanitizer is key to protect the health and wellness of healthcare providers who are critical to not just those who contract COVID-19 but to everyone who needs medical attention during this time.

“We jumped at the chance to collaborate with Cleveland Clinic to help supply the system with hand sanitizer,” said Tom Lix, Founder and CEO of Cleveland Whiskey. “Our mission is to make good whiskey and do the right thing, and this is definitely doing the right thing. This will help protect both frontline healthcare workers and the patients they care for. It’s the best way we can help our community.”

There are more than 51,000 caregivers across Cleveland Clinic’s main campus and 11 regional hospitals in Ohio. The health system is committed to keeping its caregivers and the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are grateful for Cleveland Whiskey’s support as we navigate this evolving situation,” said Allison Riffle, assistant director of Pharmacy at Cleveland Clinic. “Hand sanitizer is a vital component that helps us protect our caregivers and patients. It was important to us to identify a local supplier that could meet the FDA requirements and work quickly with us to meet our health system’s demand.”

An initial run of almost 1,000 bottles were produced and distributed among the Cleveland Clinic locations for use by caregivers. More bottles will become available as production picks up and other partners join the initiative.

The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET), an organization that helped design the technology that Cleveland Whiskey uses to produce whiskey, is looking for ways that companies can retool to combat this crisis. MAGNET provided financial support to make this change to hand sanitizer a reality.

“The level of support and adaptability from Ohio businesses at this time has been extraordinary,” said Ethan Karp, President and CEO of MAGNET. “The ability for these companies to retool and focus resources where they are needed most is a real asset to our region and the country. If you think you are a manufacturer who can contribute to making needed hospital and medical supplies, please contact us.”

“There’s no charge for what we’re doing, it’s simply in the best interest of our city and our community,” said Lix. “We are also looking for other potential partners to help supply grain for distillation, bottles and labels for the packaging.”

Editor’s note: B-roll is available for download here: Cleveland Whiskey Cleveland Clinic b-roll


About Cleveland Whiskey

Founded in 2009, Cleveland Whiskey is a local maker of Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys. Named “Whiskey Distillery Innovator of the Year,” Cleveland Whiskey has won seventy-seven medals and counting at competitions around the world including thirty-six gold, double gold, platinum, and special Best-In-Class awards. Unique finishes with woods that include black cherry and apple, limited runs of coffee infusions plus local craft beer and maple syrup barrel aged bourbons. We are always pushing the traditional limits of whiskey. Visit us at www.clevelandwhiskey.com. Follow us @clevelandwhiskey on Instagram and Facebook.


About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 67,554 employees worldwide are more than 4,520 salaried physicians and researchers, and 17,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,026-bed health system that includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 18 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2019, there were 9.8 million total outpatient visits, 309,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 255,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/CCforMedia and twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.