Donations of Personal Protective Equipment Protect Those Who May Need it Most

March 21, 2020
As New Hanover Regional Medical Center and New Hanover County prepare for an expected increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in our area, they are asking area businesses and health providers not involved in caring for patients suspected of having COVID-19 to consider donating any personal protective equipment they may have.  
 
Like other healthcare organizations, NHRMC has been working to secure the supplies needed to keep staff and providers protected while caring for potentially infectious patients. Local businesses have already stepped forward to share supplies, setting an example for others to follow. 
 
“I am continually impressed by the generosity in our community,” said Schorr Davis, NHRMC Vice President of Development and Executive Director of the NHRMC Foundation. “At a time when every hospital is working hard to bolster supplies of vital equipment to ensure the safety of staff and patients, we are so grateful for the willingness of other organizations to support our community in this powerful way.” 
 
Donations will be accepted at the NHRMC Business Center located at 3151 S. 17th St. in Wilmington Monday, April 6 – Thursday, April 9: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Accepted items include: 
  • Unused masks rated N95 or higher: 3M Healthcare or NIOSH approved preferred 
  • Full face shields 
  • Impervious gowns: AAMI Level 2  
  • Gloves: Nitrile or non-latex preferred 
  • Unused earloop masks
  • Unused surgical masks: meet the surgical masks regulations under 21 CFR 878.4040 preferred 
  • Unused surgical masks with face shield: meet the surgical masks regulations under 21 CFR 878.4040 preferred 
  • Medical/dental gowns

At this time, we are not able to accept homemade or hand-sewn items, though we appreciate those offers for assistance.

For additional information, contact Audrey Hart of the New Hanover Disaster Coalition at Audrey@NewHanoverDisasterCoalition.org.