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Community Health joins IU Health in seeking donations of medical supplies

Gloves, gowns, aprons, masks among items needed
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Posted at 5:23 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 17:32:20-04

INDIANAPOLIS Community Health is joining IU Health in asking for public donations of certain medical supplies as hospitals in the Indianapolis area prepare for a possible influx of coronavirus patients.

According to Community Health's Kris Kirschner, donations of the following items will help to ensure the safety of caregivers and their patients.

  • Gloves
  • Gowns
  • Aprons
  • Masks
  • Respirators
  • Face shields
  • Wipes and other antibacterial products

More specifics on how and where to donate is available on this website: https://www.ecommunity.com/givePPE

Businesses or individuals wishing to donate are encouraged to call 317.355.5599 or to email givePPE@eCommunity.com

All in-kind donations will be recognized by the Community Health Network Foundation in accordance with the United States Internal Revenue Service charitable giving guidelines.

“The gracious outpouring from the public to donate or manufacture PPE is truly heartfelt,” said Community Health Network Vice President of Business Development Wendy Horn. “During critical times, it’s reassuring to know we have partners in the community who are willing to help in supporting our mission of putting patients first. To ensure our patients get the best care and our caregivers are fully protected, more must be done.”

IU Health is also accepting donations of certain supplies from the public, and that includes homemade face masks.

Spokesman Jonathon Hosea shared this lists of needs with RTV6:

  • Respiratory mask, including industrial N95 and N99 masks
  • Facial and eye protection
  • Hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol content
  • General personal protective equipment (PPE) like gloves and observation gowns
  • Disinfectants

If you have supplies for donation you should contact IU Health Supply Chain Operations at:
COVID-19.Supplies@IUHealth.org.

"The IU Health Supply Chain Operations team will work directly with individuals and companies to assess each donation, including homemade face masks," said Hosea. "We are grateful for the generosity of individuals and companies as we work together to meet the needs of our communities during this unprecedented time."