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A mask that makes you smile featured in The Ground Floor

One of the major complaints about all the mask-wearing during the COVID pandemic has been about missing faces: it's hard to tell if people are smiling or frowning or anything behind the mask.

Jeanne Hahne thought of this more than 40 years ago when she was first working as a nurse in a burn unit; a mask was required, but communication with patients was hampered as a result.

Hahne came up with the answer: a mask with a window so people could see the mouth, smile and all. The idea led to a patent, and to a business: FaceView Mask.

We profile the company in this month's edition of The Ground Floor, our business/entrepreneur segment produced by Cynthia Scherr.

Jeanne Hahne guides us through the story of her idea becoming a reality and a business.

She put out a call for nurses who have ideas to improve patient care and conditions: just email her at jeanne@faceviewmask.com.

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