Novant Health announced that it will accept donations of medical supplies after a growing number of businesses and community members reached out to offer help.
The critical medical supplies include masks, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, face shields, goggles and eye shields, and isolation or surgical gowns eye shields.
The supplies must be in original, unopened packaging. Stores and individuals with unopened materials can also reach out.
Any vendor or supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE) interested in making a donation should email donatesupplies@NovantHealth.org, where they will be contacted about next steps.
Novant is also accepting donations of homemade face shields and masks.
“We are humbled by the outpouring of support from our community in our fight against the coronavirus outbreak. While we currently do not have a need for homemade masks, we are open to accepting them in the case the need does arise. Our team has put together instructions in response to community members looking for guidance on how to make effective masks. Those instructions can be found at NovantHealth.org/giving,” a spokesperson for Novant Healths aid.
As of last week, Novant officials in Brunswick County say they have enough supplies, including personal protection equipment, to keep team members, patients, and communities safe.
“Right now we do have enough PPE, we are not on a shortage, but like other healthcare systems across the nation we are worried about that for down the road,” said Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center President and Chief Operating Officer Shelbourn Stevens.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is also still accepting donations, as is New Hanover County at large.
NHRMC spokesperson Julian March said, “NHRMC is grateful to all the businesses, organizations and individuals who have generously donated PPE to support frontline healthcare teams. NHRMC continues to ensure we have adequate supplies to protect our staff and providers and is grateful for the community support of this effort.”
Donations are still being accepted through April 4.
The donation center will remain open Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the NHRMC Business Center, 3151 S. 17th St. in Wilmington.
For the county, those looking to donate should contact New Hanover Disaster Coalition Executive Director Audrey Hart by emailing Audrey@NewHanoverDisasterCoalition.org.
If you have medical supplies you’d like to donate to other hospitals across the state, you’re asked to reach out to the Business Emergency Operation Center via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dosher Memorial Hospital is now accepting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Hospital officials say their supplies are adequate at this time, however, it is anticipated that their need for PPE’s will elevate as the number of novel coronavirus cases increase in the area.
Accepted PPE items include:
- Unused surgical masks, with and without face shields
- Unused N95 masks
- Unopened boxes of surgical gloves
Hospital officials added that hand-sewn cloth masks would not be used unless all other supplies become exhausted but if you have made cloth masks already and would like to schedule a pick up or drop off, please send an email to email@example.com.
If you have not made a mask but are willing to do so if a critical need arises, please email your name and telephone number and we will put you on our resource list.
Please Call 910-457-3920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and leave a message to schedule an appointment for drop off or pick up of any PPE supplies. (N95 mask, surgical gloves, or surgical mask)