Erlanger Now Accepting Homemade Face Mask Donations

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Beginning Wednesday, Erlanger Health System will accept donations from the community of homemade masks to supplement current personal protective equipment (PPE) needs.  

 

Currently, Erlanger has an adequate supply of PPE on hand to protect staff and patients. However, the global supply for this equipment continues to be uncertain and we are actively taking steps to secure more supplies.

 

“We are moved by the outpouring of support from our community,” said Liz Hedges, director of Business Development at Erlanger Health System.

“Our community has rallied around the health system and our staff and we couldn’t be more touched by all your messages and desire to help. From the bottom of our hearts we truly appreciate all of you.”

 

Donations will be accepted Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Kennedy Outpatient Center located at the corner of East Third Street and Palmetto Street. The donation cart will be placed in the valet area outside of the building with signs directing donors to the drop-off location. (Map attached)

 

Daily, the masks will be collected and laundered then given to our Emergency Preparedness Team for distribution. The masks will be distributed to all of our facilities throughout the region.

 

A recommended sewing pattern can be found below. Note versions with and without elastic are included. Also, it is required that the fabric is 100% cotton.

 

Resources for how to make a homemade mask

·         Video from Deaconess Health https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask

·         Joann Fabrics https://www.joann.com/make-to-give-response/

·         Instructions attached from Vanderbilt Medical Center


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