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Health Care Ministry recruits sewers to help at the front lines
As OSF HealthCare has begun to reopen its doors to patients seeking elective surgeries and procedures, the need for homemade masks has increased.
“At OSF HealthCare, part of our strategy to keep people safe from infection involves masking for everyone entering our facility, including patients and visitors,” said OSF Holy Family Medical Center and OSF Saint Luke Medical Center President Jackie Kernan. “As we reintroduce select procedures and begin to accommodate more visitors, we must ensure our community has similar levels of homemade masks available.”
Since May 1, all Illinoisans have been expected to wear a mask or face covering when leaving their homes or reporting to work when physical distancing between themselves and others has presented a challenge. Examples include visiting health care providers or shopping at a grocery store or pharmacy.
“Right now, we are asking individuals and community groups with the ability to sew simple, homemade masks to please do so,” said Kernan. “We appreciate the past and ongoing support from our community and their partnership in keeping health care workers and patients healthy.”
Masks donated at the hospital will also support other local OSF care settings, such as doctor’s offices and urgent care facilities.
“The homemade masks will be used in general areas for visitors and non-clinical staff,” said Lisa DeKezel, President of OSF St. Mary Medical Center. “The community donation of these masks will enable us to provide masks for everyone in the general areas without depleting the hospital-acquired surgical masks that are needed for clinical staff and patients.”
To download instructions for sewing masks, visit the OSF HealthCare website.
Masks can be packaged in bundles of 25 in a zip-close bag and dropped off at the following locations, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.:
***Report Courtesy of OSF HealthCare***