Medical supplies needed

SALEM — With a surge in COVID-19 cases anticipated in the coming days and weeks, frontline medical teams and hospitals are working to prepare. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused international shortages of critical personal protective equipment called PPE, which health care workers need to do their jobs and stay safe.

“This protective equipment provides a first line of defense for health care workers against the virus, allowing the workers to continue serving patients. During this crisis, we are asking for our communities’ support to help increase our PPE supplies so that we can meet this critical need,” said Anita Hackstedde, M.D., Salem Regional Medical Center President/CEO.

Salem Regional Medical Center is accepting donations from the community, including the following unused items:

– Disposable gowns and gloves

– N95 or N100 respirator face masks

– Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR)

– Disposable surgical face masks

– Face-shields/goggles

– Disposable head coverings

– Surgical coveralls/scrubs

– Surgical booties/shoe-covers

– Alcohol wipes and 70% alcohol liquid

– Hand sanitizer

– UVC disinfection lights/boxes

SRMC will have a community drop-off box right inside the front doors of the Main Lobby for PPE items on Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., beginning March 24. Other drop-off arrangements can be coordinated by emailing Foundation@salemregional.com. For more information about making a PPE donation, contact Amy Reed, SRMC’s Director of Development, at 330-337-2883.