OMC Foundation shares ways you can give during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ozarks Medical Center Foundation has announced three ways residents of
West Plains and surrounding communities can help during the coronavirus
pandemic including donating blood, making homemade masks, and monetary
donations to a COVID-19 fund.
Ozarks Medical Center will also host a blood drive with the Community Blood
Center of the Ozarks (CBC) on April 17, at the OMC Parkway Center, 1211
Porter Wagoner Blvd, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Reservations are required. Please visit
https://bit.ly/donateOMC to schedule your appointment to give blood. If you are unable to use the
online scheduler and require assistance, please call 1-417-257-6735.
For more than 20 years Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBC) has been
a provider of blood for hospitals located across southern Missouri and
northern Arkansas. The threat of an increased need for blood supplies
due to the pandemic of COVID-19 coupled with the mandates of social distancing
has drastically increased the need for donations.
With updated protocols to keep donors safe and appropriately distanced,
you are just a few simple clicks away from learning about how you can
donate blood safely and register for this critical event.
While everyone is encouraged to donate,
OMC would like to issue a special challenge to all healthcare workers to
please make plans to donate if you are physically able. Please remember, all donations benefit your local hospitals.
According to the CDC, in settings where approved Personal Protection Equipment
(PPE) are not available, health care personnel might use homemade masks
for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade
masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect is unknown.
Caution should be used when considering this option. Homemade masks are
used as a last resort when personal protection equipment supplies are
depleted. These masks may also be worn by visitors to the hospital.
How to Donate Hand-Sewn Face Masks
Ozarks Medical Center currently has an adequate supply of personal protective
equipment (PPE) currently on hand to protect its employees and patients
from COVID-19. However, the global supply for this equipment continues
to be uncertain and we are actively taking steps to secure more supplies.
Many individuals, groups and businesses from the community have generously
offered to help assist in our preparedness efforts by sewing cloth masks.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not suggest
cloth material as a first-line defense against the coronavirus causing
COVID-19, cloth masks work well for other conditions and can help conserve
precious reserves of N-95 respirator masks.
If you would like to donate cloth masks to OMC, hand-sewn masks can be
dropped off between 9 am-3 pm. in a plastic bin or bag at the entrance
to the Emergency Department.
Donated masks are throughly laundered and sanitized before being distributed.
Several sewing patterns, along with suggested cloth materials, can be found
Your efforts will help make a difference.
OMC Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund
The OMC Foundation created a COVID-19 Relief Fund designated to provide
assistance as needs continue to be identified for patient care.
“While OMC has yet to experience their first positive case of COVID-19,
we are reaching out to you in an unsettling time, a time we must come
together to support each other in any possible way we can,” said
Sarah Johnson, Director of Development, OMC Foundation. “With the
spread of COVID-19 across the world, it is time to be proactive in making
sure our healthcare community is fully prepared to deal with any potential
positive cases of this virus.”
Scott Palmer of Bradford Pharmacy, the only remaining locally owned pharmacy
in West Plains, made the first gift of $100 to the COVID-19 fund and would
like to issue a challenge to all who are able that they consider doing the same.
“With your help, we can help keep our community, family, friends,
and neighbors safe and healthy as we prepare a frontline of folks to fight
this pandemic,” said Carol Silvey, Vice President of Advancement
at Ozarks Medical Center Foundation. “The Ozarks Medical Center
Foundation thanks you for helping in this fight! Stay home, stay safe,
Please call the OMC Foundation at 417-853-5200 for any questions about
donations or homemade masks. All gifts can be mailed to the OMC Foundation
at P.O. Box 1100, #12 Parkway Center, West Plains, MO 65775.