How to Help During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest challenges we've ever faced. Our teams are tackling it head on and continuing to do what we do every day: provide the best patient care possible. The response from our community has been overwhelming. The following are ways community members can get involved to support UPH during this unprecedented pandemic.
Donate to Support Our Health Care Heroes
In these unprecedented times, it takes a village to meet the challenges of COVID-19. Your gift now, more than ever, will be felt. Even if you are not on the frontlines, your help will be. It will show what happens when our hearts, our humanity, and our communities rise, as one.
Your support of our Health Care Heroes will help us continue the battle of COVID-19. Your compassionate gift will ensure our doctors, nurses and countless other healthcare workers will have the resources they need to show up every day, for you. We are in this together and, together, we will get through this. Thank you for standing with us; you are at the center of everything we do.
Donation of PPE and Supplies
We are in need of the following supplies:
- Surgical and/or procedural masks
- N95 masks
- 3M manufacture number 1870 N95 mask
- 3M manufacture number 1833 N95 mask
- Halyard manufacture number 46827 N95 mask
- Exam gloves or of all sizes (nitrile is preferred)
- Eye protection – face shields (reusable or disposable)
- Hand sanitizer – must be minimum of 60% alcohol
- Paper bags - grocery size preferred (for mask storage)
- Elastic (prefer 0.5" - 1")
- Medical grade stethoscopes
If you have any questions regarding donations of supplies or PPE, please contact Kim Wallace by e-mail at email@example.com.
Drop off location:
Iowa Methodist Medical Center | 1200 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Donation Station – located inside the Parking Ramp on Level 4
(use the Handicap entrance)
Beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2020 the Donation Station office hours will be Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. A donation cart will be available outside of the Donation Station for individuals to drop items off between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday - Friday. The Donation Station will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day.
We ask donors to complete a Gift in Kind
form for each delivery. This form may also be completed at the time of your donation/delivery.
We've been overwhelmed by the generous offers we've received from the community to make masks and support us in other ways. We ask that you follow the pattern and instructions here at unitypoint.org/help when making masks. If you've already made masks using another pattern, that's OK. We'll take them! You can find instructions on how to make masks at unitypoint.org/help.
We're also collecting supplies for the masks at our drop off location. Supplies we're currently collecting are:
- hair ties
- wax covered string
- sewing thread
- double-sided adhesive tape
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, blood centers across the country have had to cancel many of its mobile blood drives, which make up the majority of the local blood supplies. The blood supply statewide is critical. We encourage healthy members of the community to consider donating blood and blood plasma. Go to lifeservebloodcenter.org for additional information.
Practice Social Distancing
The most important thing everyone can do is to continue to practice physical distancing. Social distancing refers to public health interventions that can help stop infectious disease transmission by avoiding crowds and large gatherings such as weddings, concerts, conferences, sporting events, and mass transit. Best practice requires maintaining at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others.