Illinois Valley Community Hospital is preparing for the possibility of treating a high number of COVID-19 patients. That includes making sure they have enough supplies on hand to meet the demand.
IVCH Community Relations Director Joan Fernandez says while there is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the country and all hospitals are conserving supplies, IVCH assures you that masks and other necessary PPE items (gloves, gowns, eye cover, etc.) are available and are being worn by hospital and clinic staff as needed. IVCH’s current PPE usage and protocols are based on CDC standard and transmission-based precautions for caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19.
Fernandez says while their mask and PPE supply is stable at this time, they are accepting any and all PPE items from businesses and members of the community who would like to make a donation.
Here is a list of items that would be accepted:
Nitrile or vinyl gloves (all sizes) Facemasks (N95-rated, procedure or surgical)
Clear, hard plastic safety eyewear – plastic gowns
Hair bouffant/cover and shoe/foot cover
Eye shields – brown paper lunch bags (all sizes)
Alcohol wipes – bleach (unopened bottles)
At this time, they cannot accept or use homemade cloth masks.
Donations can be dropped off at the IVCH receiving dock at the hospital, which is accessible from Plum Street on the southeast side of the hospital main campus. Just follow signs to receiving and leave the donation outside the large overhead door.
You’re asked to continue to check the ivch.org website for accurate information and quick links to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website. You can call the IVCH COVID-19 hotline at 815-780-3425 and talk to a nurse from 7am to 7pm daily.
Fernandez says the most important thing the community can do at this time is to make sure you are following the State of Illinois’ stay at home order.