COVID-19

What you should know

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.

Blood Drive

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.

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Homemade Masks

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 here.

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, stay healthy.”

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.