Dubuque, IA – UnityPoint Health (UPH) joins health systems across Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin in securing enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to meet the needs of health care providers, staff and patients during COVID-19. We are working tirelessly to obtain PPE from every channel – government, the private sector, new innovative companies and generous members of the public – to get the protective equipment that supports our patients and caregivers. The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest challenges we’ve ever faced. We’re meeting it continuing to do what we do every day: provide the best patient care possible. There are three ways community members can get involved to support UPH during this unprecedented pandemic.
How YOU can help
We’ve been overwhelmed by the generous offers we’ve received from the community to make masks and support us in other ways. We want to begin using these masks in areas of indirect patient care to help us preserve our supplies. UnityPoint Health is collecting handmade masks. We ask that you follow the pattern here at: unitypoint.org/help when making masks. If you’ve already made masks using another pattern, that’s OK. We’ll take them!
We’re also collecting supplies at our drop off location, the Finley Hospital loading dock off of 3rd Street between the parking ramp and water tower. Supplies we’re currently collecting are:
• For Masks: elastic, hair ties, wax-covered string, pipe cleaners, double-sided adhesive tape
• Disinfecting Wipes (with bleach-Sodium Hypoclorite: 0.55%)
• Face Shields
• Gowns (AAMI Level 3 or 4)
• N95 Masks (medical grade, 1860, 1860S, 1870+)
• Procedure Face Masks (ideal is Level 1 with earloops, but any will work at this time)
• Hand Sanitizer (60% alcohol minimum)
• Eye Protection (clear wrap around glasses or goggles)
• Exam Gloves (nitrile powder-free, approved for chemotherapy, all sizes XSmall-XLarge)
• Food (must be individually packaged)
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, blood centers across the country have had to cancel many of it’s 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 Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center for additional information.
Drop off location:
Finley Hospital Loading Dock
Off of 3rd Street
Between Parking Ramp and Water Tower
Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., please call (563) 589-2666 upon arrival.
UnityPoint Health - Finley Health Foundation
The work of our Finley Health Foundation is critical during times like these. A compassionate gift from community members like you will help Finley Hospital's operations and equipment supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people in our community depend on us for care. We are here and ready to take care of our community, and your support allows us to continue serving patients and families who depend on us every day. Thank you in advance for standing with us and ensuring that we have the resources available to continue providing care to those who need it. To make a donation to the Finley Health Foundation, please mail a check to: 350 N. Grandview Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001 or click here to make a donation online.
The most important thing everyone can do is continue to practice physical distancing. Physical 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.
The CDC recommends the following:
• Wash your hands properly—and often—or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19
• Practice physical distancing
• Stay home if you aren’t feeling well
• Cover coughs and sneezes
• Wear a face mask only if you are sick, or if you’re caring for someone who is sick
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces