The AdventHealth Central Texas Foundation, a fundraising arm for the Killeen hospital, is looking for help from local businesses in getting more disposable medical supplies as the coronavirus spreads.
“We currently have plenty of supplies to care for our community,” Kevin Roberts, the president and chief executive officer of AdventHealth Central Texas, said in a news release from the foundation. “We are looking at other communities who have hit their surge and are preparing for if and when that happens in our community. Taking care of our patients is our focus. Planning ahead will help us do that.”
The following items are on the request list:
Disposable gloves (sterile and non-sterile)
Anthony Mino, the director of the AdventHealth Central Texas Foundation, will pick up all donations.
“Each item can be a tax-deductible donation made to the foundation,” Mino said. “Or if preferred, we can return and/or re-stock items when this crisis passes. We will be good stewards of our resources”
To make a donation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 254-535-1794.
Tiya Searcy, the spokeswoman for Baylor Scott & White provided a statement on supply shortage via email on Wednesday.
“We are aware of supply shortages, and we continue to monitor the situation and work closely with our vendors and distributors.
We have also received a number of offers of support from the public and organized groups willing to donate supplies. While we work to develop locations that can safely receive donations from the public, we ask all who are interested in donating supplies to email email@example.com,” Searcy said.
Seton Medical Center is also accepting donations of medical supplies, according to Lucy Taylor, the marketing and communications specialist at the hospital.
"Seton Medical Center Harker Heights is accepting donations of new items in original packaging. Needed items include N95 and surgical masks, isolation gowns, medical eye protection shields (no swim goggles please) and face shields," Taylor said via email Wednesday.
Donations can be dropped off at the front entrance of the hospital, 850 W. Central Texas Expressway, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Taylor.