SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Baystate Health is putting the call out for donations of personal protective equipment, also known as PPE.
Baystate Health spokesperson Shelly Hazlett said that the health system is looking for donations, from all available sources, of items including:
- Surgical masks
- Face shields
- N95 masks
Hazlett noted that, at this time, Baystate Health is not able to accept hand-sewn masks and that they will determine whether the supplies donated can be utilized by their healthcare providers.
To make a PPE donation, call (413) 794-6552 or email covid19PPE@baystatehealth.org.
If you would like to assist Baystate's ability to purchase needed equipment, call (413) 794-2025 or email PPEpurchasing@baystatehealth.org.
In addition, the Baystate Health Fund helps provide resources that can be put to use immediately where there's the greatest need and where donations can do the most good. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Mercy Medical Center is also concerned about a lack of protective gear for its staff moving forward.
Mercy's chief medical officer Dr. Robert Roose told Western Mass News that they too are accepting donations.
The concern right now, we're told, is possibility running out of critical safety tools in a matter of days.
"Right now, we are continuing to focus on the appropriate utilization because it is a significant concern of ours that with increases of use, increases of patients, that we will be running short of key supplies like respirator masks or eye protection, so we're monitoring it every day. We have enough on-hand to last today and the next several days but we're looking ahead to the future to ensure we have what we need when we need it," Roose explained.
Mercy is accepting donations of N95 masks, as well as any other protective gear for staff including gloves that are unopened and in original packaging.
At this time, they are not accepting handmade items.
To coordinate a donation of masks, call (413) 748-9430.
Monetary donations are also being collected for the Mercy COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. For more information, CLICK HERE.