Region healthcare staff benefit from medical supply, food donations

By: Stacey Kellogg Last Updated: April 9, 2020

Above photo: Dr. Mohammad Zaman, Medical Director of Methodist Hospitals Emergency Services, has brought a new type of protective device to Northwest Indiana.

Those we have come to know as the frontline heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic – healthcare workers – are getting a welcome boost from region businesses, organizations, and restaurants who have flooded area hospitals and healthcare facilities with medical supplies and meals to support them.

“We entered this profession knowing this is what we could face on any given day, but it really is nice to break up a 12-hour shift with a tasty treat or lunch that someone gave us just as a thank you,” wrote one nurse. “It is a blessing to receive donated medical supplies to keep us and our patients safe. We feel the love and it fuels us to keep going.”

In recent weeks, GreatNews.Life has seen dozens of examples of this.

Porter Regional Hospital was the recipient of more than 10,000 masks and other PPE items thanks to a sister city relationship that Valparaiso has with Nanhu District of China. That story can be found here.

Blue Chip Casino fills truck with medical supplies to donate during COVID-19 pandemic

After donating thousands of pounds of food to the community before they temporarily closed, Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa then turned to Franciscan Health in Michigan City and donated pallets of masks and gloves just last week to the hospital.

“Thanks to our team members who were involved in this donation!” the casino posted.

Franciscan Health Michigan City also received a generous donation from Sullair that included 1,280 N95 masks, and additional supplies from Napa Auto Parts, the A.K. Smith Career Center, Michiana Humane Society, and the La Porte County Health Department.

Blue Chip Casino loads truck of medical supplies to donate to hospitals for COVID-19 pandemic

Additionally, Franciscan Health Munster received sterile gowns, masks, and shields from Dr. Jeffrey Meister of Munster Distinctive Dentistry and N95 masks from Horseshoe Casino. First United Methodist Church in Crown Point (in partnership with View Outdoor Advertising) donated 60 dozen Rise ‘n Roll Bakery donuts to Franciscan Health Crown Point, and provided more than 300 hand-written thank you notes from members of the congregation.

The Flamini Foundation donated 50 comfort bags for parents caring for their children in the neonatal intensive care units at Franciscan Health Crown Point and Franciscan Health Hammond.

“The support of our healthcare team by the community has been incredible. We are in the midst of an international pandemic with global shortages of personal protective equipment being reported. These donations are an amazing show of support for our colleagues on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19,” said Franciscan Health Michigan City President and CEO Dean Mazzoni. This full story is here.

Aside from personal protective equipment, staff at Franciscan Health Michigan City also relished the pizza donation served up by SERVPRO of LaPorte and Porter Counties.

Donating sanitizing supplies for COVID-19 Pandemic

Just across town in Michigan City, Aaron O’Reilly, owner and chef at Fiddlehead Restaurant, had a conversation with a staff member at Aperion Care Arbors Michigan City about the supply shortages that some healthcare facilities have been facing. Without even being asked, O’Reilly arrived at the Arbors door with his donation of disinfecting wipes.

“Thank you for helping us keep our residents safe! We are all in this together! We love our community!” the Arbors wrote.

La Porte Hospital was grateful for the support of INHealth, which has been coordinating donations throughout their ambulance service area of necessary supplies needed in case of a patient surge. INHealth has also worked closely with United Way of Porter County to coordinate safe drop-off locations for people or businesses who wish to donate supplies. That story can be found here.

INHealth ambulance donating medical supplies to La Porte Hospital for COVID-19

The hospital also publicly thanked La Porte middle school student Ian Bos and the La Porte Community School Corporation for using their 3D printers to donate PPE.

Sterno Products in La Porte shifted production to begin making thousands of masks for healthcare workers, and La Porte Hospital also expressed thanks to them for helping to flatten the curve.

A physician at Methodist Hospitals has brought a new protective device to the Region called an intuabtion box. Intubation is the process of inserting a tube into a patient’s airway so they can be placed on a ventilator.  It is a high risk procedure for the emergency medicine physicians, anesthesiologists, pulmonologists and respiratory therapists who perform it on suspected or confirmed coronavirus patients. The full story can be found here.

Miller Pizza donating food to hospital workers at Methodist Hospitals

While Methodist Hospitals has awaited a response to their callout for touchless thermometer donations, staff there were praising local area restaurants for keeping them well fed with delicious food during their busy shifts. Methodist Hospitals celebrated their first discharge of a patient successfully treated for COVID-19 this week, the meal donations no doubt keeping them fueled for more. So far, some of their thanks have included Tania’s Latin American Restaurant, Dominoes in Merrillville, El Salto, Miller Pizza and Mr. Greek Gyros for providing meals and drinks to staff.

Life Care Center of The Willows in Valparaiso enjoyed lunch recently provided by StoryPoint, and another provided by Dunes Hospice, and has publicly thanked Training College in Lowell for a donation of protective masks.

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