GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health and Metro Health today became the latest health systems to appeal for donation of medical supplies.
The Grand Rapids health system set up 14 drop-off locations that open at noon today.
“While Spectrum Health continues to maintain a supply of masks and other personal protection equipment for its patients and health care providers, we are working to stretch our supply and turning to the community because we anticipate the need will continue to grow,” the health system said in a statement.
Spectrum Health will accept donations of:
- N95 Masks
- Isolation masks (adult/child)
- Masks with face shield/visor
- Handmade or sewn reusable masks
- Face shields
- Goggles/safety glasses
- Bouffant caps
- Extended extra protection gloves – all sizes
- Isolation gowns
- Bleach wipes
- Swabs (flexible mini-tip)
- Pocket-sized sanitizer
- Thermometers (digital, disposable, temporal)
Metro Health’s drop-off site for many of the same items is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Services & Learning Center at 1980 Metro Court in Wyoming. Requested items from Metro are listed at this link.
A number of health systems across the state have put on the same appeals this week as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, as MiBiz previously reported. Spectrum Health previously contacted community partners about donations.
Spectrum Health said that traveling to drop-off sites to donate medical supplies does not violate Michigan’s statewide stay-at-home order that allows for an exception when providing necessities to “individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency.” The health system asks donors to place donations in the bins provided at each location while maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others. More information is available on a Spectrum Health website. Spectrum Health is not currently accepting donations of 3D-printed items, other medical equipment, medications or blankets. For large donations requiring special arrangements or a question about a donation, you can email Spectrum Health’s supply chain team at [email protected].
Spectrum Health’s announcement and list drop-off locations and times is available at this link.
In announcing a stay-home executive order on Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cited the need to give hospitals a “fighting chance” to get on top of the pandemic.
“Our problem has been exacerbated because we’re still not getting what we need from the federal government. Last week, the president’s message was essentially we’re on our own until we get supplies. We just received our allotment from the federal government’s national strategic stockpile,” Whitmer said, noting the allotment went to one hospital. “With the exception of the gloves, the allotment is barely enough to cover one shift at that hospital — it’s not even a full day’s worth of shifts. While I can’t do overnight what the federal government should have done over the course of months in planning, my team and I are working 24/7 to secure the things we need.”
The state secured 3 million gloves, 4 million masks, “thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer thanks to Michigan businesses, companies and distilleries and Michiganders who are pitching in. While it’s a source of pride and is good, it’s nowhere near enough,” Whitmer said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated from its original version.