St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital in Howell is in need of items including gowns, hand sanitizer, as well as hot glue sticks and transparency sheets. A list of items the hospital currently needs is at the end of this post.
U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) today called on residents of the 8th District to step up to fill a gap in federal action and donate various items and supplies to hospitals coping with COVID-19, as she continued to advocate for use of the Defense Production Act to speed supplies to front-line health care providers.
“We’ve been getting hundreds and hundreds of calls from our health care workers, from our first responders, about the shortages of personal protective equipment,” Slotkin said in a video posted on her official Facebook and Twitter account. Slotkin says in the video that Michigan has received an initial shipment of stockpiled supplies from the federal government, that more is unlikely to come soon from federal supplies, and that the president has “put that responsibility in the hands of the states.”
While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has a team of specialists seeking supplies wherever they can find them, Slotkin says, that will take time. Praising 8th District research universities like Michigan State University and Oakland University, dentists and others for already making their own supplies available, Slotkin in the video calls on all 8th District residents to consider donating any available supplies to local hospitals. “Our community is literally at its best in times of crisis,” Slotkin says in the video, asking dental facilities, nail and hair salons, tattoo parlors and any other businesses or individuals with stocks on hand to make any donations they can to district hospitals.
Slotkin made her plea after a weekend of discussions with Gov. Whitmer’s office, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials, 8th District hospital officials and individual health care workers who are deeply concerned about their ability to safely care for patients.
Slotkin, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a former senior Pentagon official, has called for President Trump to use his authority under the Defense Production Act, which would allow the federal government to place orders for vital equipment, organize distribution to ensure supplies go where they are most needed, and ensure that the prices of in-demand goods are not inflated. The president has discussed using that authority but has so far not taken any action to place orders under this authority.
Slotkin issued the following written statement about the need to act to mobilize supplies to Michigan communities:
“Times of crisis call for acts of clear and decisive leadership, and I had hoped the administration would use its Defense Production Act authority more aggressively to organize procurement and distribution of these vital supplies. So far that has not happened, and the Administration should take action now to place orders on those materials we need most. Michigan has received its initial allocation of supplies from the national strategic stockpile and we are unlikely to receive more soon. Gov. Whitmer has organized a team that is scouring the globe for available supplies, but that will take time. And it falls to our community to fill that gap. In a time of crisis, I know the people of the 8th District will do whatever they can for our first-responders and front-line health care workers.”
• Face shields and goggles
• Surgical caps/protective caps
• Testing swabs
• M4 viral media
• Disinfecting wipes
• Hand sanitizer
• Hot glue sticks and transparency sheets
Drop off donations at the main entrance of the hospital, 620 Byron Road.
On its Facebook page, SJML also asked for:
If you or your business are able to support our COVID-19 response, beginning March 21, St. Joe’s Ann Arbor and St. Joe’s Livingston will be accepting donations for the following unopened items.
• Nasal Testing Swabs
• Lysol or Clorox Wipes
It listed donation hours as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (Hours may change due to staffing).
A list is growing of needs at other hospitals in the 8th District. Here is what has been released thus far:
SPARROW HOSPITAL, LANSING
• Disposable face masks
• N95 masks, including 3D printed
• Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles
• Disposable gowns
• Disposable non-latex gloves
• Surgical caps
• Disposable foot covers
• Bleach or anti-microbial sanitizing wipes
• Hand sanitizer
• PAPRs (Power air purifying respirators) and PAPR hoods
• Nasal flock swabs
• Ventilator parts, including ventilator heaters, probes, wires, and disposable adapters
• Fisher & Payal MR850 wires and heaters
• Hand-sewn reusable masks
How to donate: Starting tomorrow, Sparrow will accept needed supplies at the north entrance of Eastern High School, 220 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing.
ASCENSION PROVIDENCE ROCHESTER HOSPITAL
The hospital is in need of supplies and is working to arrange details of how residents can donate.