Whitmer calls for donations as hospitals face shortage of essential supplies

Like medical facilities all over the country, Ascension St. John Hospital in Grosse Pointe Woods is treating patients infected with the coronavirus.

And, like many of them, Ascension is in need of a variety of medical equipment, including new or unused:

  • Disposable face masks
  • N95 masks
  • Eye protection, including face shields and safety goggles
  • Disposable gowns
  • Disposable gloves, particularly non-latex gloves
  • Disposable surgical caps
  • Disposable foot covers
  • Wipes, bleach or antimicrobial
  • Hand sanitizer

Hospital officials said the items can be dropped off at the loading dock between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The loading dock driveway is located behind the North Parking Lot (drive past the VanElslander Cancer Center; the driveway is on the left).

Acknowledging many hospitals have struggled with the same issues as Ascension St. John, facing potential shortages of face masks and other essential medical supplies and personal protective equipment, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Tuesday called upon Michiganders and businesses to donate items needed most.  

“Our brave medical professionals and first-responders are on the front lines of keeping us safe, and we must do everything we can to protect them and every Michigander we can from the spread of COVID-19,” Whitmersaid. “Right now, medical professionals across the state are forced to reuse face masks. This increases the risk of spreading COVID-19 during a time when we should do everything we can to mitigate it.”  

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 Michigan’s chief medical executive said the medical community needs help.

“Our clinicians are working tirelessly to care for those affected by this pandemic,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “They deserve to be able to do their jobs safely and these donations will help protect the health and safety of both providers and patients.” 

Donations of essential items will be used to meet medical providers’ most pressing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Items most needed at this time:  

  • Hospital Gowns 
  • Ventilators
  • Sanitizer (hand/wipe)
  • Gloves  
  • Surgical masks
  • No-touch thermometers 

Donations can be directed to the Michigan Community Service Commission at [email protected] or 517-335-4295.