IVCH, St. Margaret's accepting donations of masks and Personal Protective Equipment


IVCH - Peru

PERU - Illinois Valley Community Hospital is working diligently to prepare for the possibility of treating a high number of COVID-19 patients. This includes making sure we have enough supplies on hand to meet the demand.

While there is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the country and ALL hospitals are conserving supplies, IVCH would like to assure you that masks and other necessary PPE items (gloves, gowns, eye cover, etc.) are available and are being worn by hospital and clinic staff as needed. Our current PPE usage and protocols are based on CDC standard and transmission-based precautions for caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19.

While our mask and PPE supply is stable at this time, we are accepting any and all PPE items from businesses and members of the community who would like to make a donation.

Below is a list of items that will be accepted:

Nitrile or vinyl gloves (all sizes)                     Facemasks (N95-rated, procedure or surgical)

Clear, hard plastic safety eyewear                 Plastic gowns

Hair bouffant/cover                                      Shoe/foot cover

Eye shields                                                  Brown paper lunch bags (all sizes)

Alcohol wipes                                              Bleach (unopened)

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, we cannot accept or utilize homemade cloth masks.

Donations can be dropped off at the IVCH receiving dock at the hospital, which is accessible from Plum Street on the southeast side of the hospital main campus. Please follow signs to Receiving and leave the donation outside the large overhead door.

Please continue to check our IVCH website for accurate information and for quick links to the Centers for Disease (CDC) website. You can call the IVCH COVID-19 hotline at (815) 780-3425 and talk to a nurse from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.

The most important thing the community can do at this time is make sure you are following the State of Illinois’ stay at home order. IVCH is very appreciative of everyone’s cooperation and support.

St. Margaret's - Spring Valley

SPRING VALLEY - As the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, makes its way across Illinois, St. Margaret’s is aggressively planning to care for patients who present with symptoms. As has been reported in the media, shortages of supplies are expected. There is a way area residents can help. St. Margaret’s asks everyone to look in their businesses and homes and consider donating any of the following items:

Unopened boxes of disposable gloves - nitrile gloves, latex gloves and nylon gloves are all appropriate. Gloves are needed in many aspects of the hospital from medical care to janitorial services.

Masks - Many of us use N95 masks for dust protection in industrial situations or for home hobby use.

Safety glasses with side shields – We are only looking for new items in sealed packaging.

Cartridge for half-mask filters – Specifically, we need 3M High efficiency P3 HEPA Filters (part number 450-00-01).

How can you donate these items?

Call Frank Kobilsek, Fundraising Coordinator, at (815) 866-5757. He will make arrangements to pick up your contribution. Please do not bring items to the hospital. It is best if you stay home to stay healthy.

If you need medical information about the virus, please use the St. Margaret’s COVID-19 Informational Hotline: (815) 663-2167.

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