UnityPoint Health joins health systems across Iowa 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 two key 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 to help us preserve our supplies. UnityPoint Health is collecting handmade masks.
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 all drop off locations. Supplies we’re currently collecting are:
- N95 masks
- Procedure masks
- Face shields
- Isolation-type gowns (non-sterile)
- Water-shedding-type gowns (non-sterile)
- Mask supplies: elastic, hair ties, wax covered string, pipe cleaners and double-sided adhesive tape
UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown Foundation
The work of the UnityPoint Health – Foundation is critical during times like these. Donations would be used to buy meals, gift cards, pay for new scrubs and other support as needed. Please consider sending a donation through the mail to 3 S. 4th Avenue, or drop off your generous donation to your local drop-off spot. You can also make a gift online.
Drop off location:
UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown
3 S. 4th Avenue
Marshalltown, IA 50158
The main entrance is open from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. The emergency department entrance is open 24 hours per day/7 days per week.
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.
For more ways to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza, and for the latest updates and guidance in this rapidly evolving situation, please visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov or Iowa Department of Public Health at idph.iowa.gov.