Jacksonville hospitals taking donations as COVID-19 infections rise

Jacksonville hospitals taking donations as COVID-19 infections rise

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Action News Jax reporter Ryan Nelson learned some health organizations are needing supplies. Baptist Health and Ascension St. Vincent’s are looking for donations.

Here is what Baptist Health has on their website:

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“Our team members give so much of their time and talents to Baptist Health every day to make a difference in the lives of our patients.

Right now, COVID-19 is placing incredible and unanticipated pressure on our clinical teams. In the short term, we have the PPE that our teams need. But we need to prepare and look beyond our immediate needs.

We’ve heard from many in the North Florida community that you want to support Baptist Health Team Members as they continue to provide excellent care through this crisis. You can help with monetary donations or donations of goods.

The Baptist Health Foundation has a variety of ways you can help!

While all donations of essential PPE, in any amount, are welcomed and encouraged, Baptist Health is exceptionally thankful for donations of unopened and unexpired:

  • Clorox bleach wipes (or equivalent)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Face shields
  • Goggles
  • N95s (or any equivalent CDC- approved masks)
  • Non-contact thermometers
  • Masks (surgical/procedural)
  • Isolation gowns
  • Disposable coveralls/painter’s suits
  • Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR)
  • Controlled Air Purifying Respirators (CAPR)
  • Other approved PPE supplies advised by the CDC

Please email Laura Collins or Madison Harris to donate PPE materials.

Official PPE Supplies (from medical offices, etc.) may be dropped off at Baptist Health System’s San Marco East Plaza office at 3563 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL 32207 on the I-95 side building. Delivery questions? Call Courtney Alvarez at 904-429-2932.”

Ascension St. Vincent’s is also accepting donations.

Here’s some information from Ascension St. Vincent’s:

"Ascension St. Vincent’s is accepting donations for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies. Individuals or companies interested in making a donation should call 904-308-2619 and a member of our team will work directly with them to assess the donation and make arrangements. Please do not drop off donations at Ascension St. Vincent’s facilities.We are prioritizing unopened and unexpired products, including the following supplies:

  • Isolation Gowns
  • Surgical Gowns
  • N95 Respirators
  • Earloop or Tie Masks
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Face Shields
  • Surface Disinfectants
  • Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR)
  • Controlled Air Purifying Respirators (CAPR)
  • Non-contact Thermometers
  • Other approved PPE supplies advised by the CDC

While we are thankful for the many community members who want to provide assistance, we cannot accept handmade donations at this time. We are working with local and state health officials to determine if such items could be an option in the future.We are following the updated CDC guidelines regarding suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). The safety of our patients, associates and providers is our utmost priority as we all work to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and care for all those in need."