Salem schools donate medical supplies to SRMC

Submitted photo The Salem City School District presented a donation of 590 masks and 1,700 exam gloves to Salem Regional Medical Center to assist with patient care needs during the nation’s COVID-19 outbreak. Pictured from left are: Salem Superintendent, Sean Kirkland; SRMC President/CEO, Anita Hackstedde, M.D.; Salem Treasurer, Michael Douglas; and Curriculum Director Jamie Kemats.

Representatives from the Salem City School District presented a donation of 590 masks and 1,700 exam gloves to Salem Regional Medical Center to assist the hospital with frontline patient care during the COVID-19 outbreak. Superintendent Sean Kirkland said the district was inspired to help after Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton called on Ohioans to consider donating extra protective equipment to aid health care facilities in the fight against COVID-19. “We wanted to step in and do something to help keep those in our state and communities safe,” Kirkland said. “After looking at our supplies, we realized that we could make a difference for our local hospital.” SRMC President/CEO Anita Hackstedde, M.D., accepted the donations on behalf of the hospital. “During this time when our nation is facing an extreme shortage of masks and supplies used by frontline healthcare staff in the battle against this virus, we’re extremely grateful to the Salem City School District for their generous donation. Our top priority is protecting our patients and staff. These items will be used to assist our healthcare workers in delivering safe care and increase our capacity to treat patients,” Dr. Hackstedde said. “This virus is no respecter of persons, and as a community hospital, we are ever mindful that the patients we care for are our family members, friends and neighbors. We are very proud of the strong and compassionate care given by our dedicated team of physicians, nurses and support staff; and appreciate all those in our community who are standing with us to fight against this disease.” Community members who are interested in making donations to SRMC that will directly benefit our COVID-19 response efforts should contact Amy Reed, SRMC Foundation at 330-337-2883. Donations of essential patient caregiver items, such as unused face masks, disposable gloves and gowns and other types of personal protective gear are especially needed at this time.

If you want to help

Due to a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Salem Regional Medical Center is asking the community to donate any PPE items to a drop-off box inside the front doors of the main lobby from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning today. The following unused PPE items will be accepted: 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; and UVC disinfection lights/boxes. Other drop-off arrangements can be coordinated by emailing Foundation@salemregional.com. For more information, contact Amy Reed, SRMC Director of Development, at 330-337-2883.

Leetonia gifts

Anyone wishing to make donations of PPE masks or gowns to the Leetonia EMS, FD, and PD can contact Chief Hephner (FD) at 330-853-6042 and arrangements will be made.