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Salem schools donate masks, gloves to aid hospital staff

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

SALEM– Representatives from the Salem City School District recently presented a donation of 590 masks and 1,700 exam gloves to Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) to assist the hospital with frontline patient care during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Salem Schools Superintendent Sean Kirkland said the district was inspired to help after Ohio 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,” 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,” she said.

Donations to SRMC

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. “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 Hackstedde.

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 about making a PPE donation, please contact Amy Reed, SRMC Director of Development, at 330-337-2883.

Leetonia donations

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 with you. The Village of Leetonia appreciates the public’s help during this time.

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