New Coronavirus (COVID-19): How You Can Help

While things are continuously evolving across the world and close to home in northern Michigan, one thing is certain, even in times of uncertainty: your health and well-being matter to us at Munson Healthcare Foundations.

Munson Healthcare is using a system-wide approach developed to appropriately respond, allocate resources, and care for patients with COVID-19. We are deploying our assets in a manner that is most appropriate to respond to staffing, supply, and equipment needs, which allows us to care for patients with urgent needs while limiting the spread of this disease. Learn more about what you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19.


Message from the Munson Healthcare Foundations 

Please take a moment to listen to this important message from Munson Healthcare Foundations President, Des Worthington, and how you can help support our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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We simply will not be able to face the challenges of this pandemic without the trust and assistance from our communities, and we ask for your continued help during these unsettling times.

 

 

        
 
 
Global Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment: We Need Your Help

Accepting Gifts of Items or Services

We have an ever-changing list of items that are needed throughout Munson Healthcare facilities. If you have questions regarding donated items, please contact the Foundations directly at 231-213-1150 or foundation@mhc.net.

The following new or unused, unscented items are being accepted:

  • Disposable face masks
  • Disposable stethoscopes
  • Thermometers
  • N95 and KN95 masks (sometimes called respirators)
  • Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles
  • Disposable gowns
  • Disposable gloves, especially non-latex
  • Disposable surgical caps
  • Disposable foot covers
  • Wipes: bleach or antimicrobial
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Standard toilet paper

More specialized items include:

  • PAPRs (powered air-purifying respirators) and PAPR hoods
  • Nasal testing swabs
  • Viral testing kits

Homemade or hand-sewn face masks:

After clinical review, homemade masks or hand-sewn masks have been deemed inappropriate for clinical healthcare staff use. All homemade items received at an approved Munson Healthcare drop-off site will be properly laundered and made available to asymptomatic patients and visitors as quantities allow. Please review the following guidelines to keep our patients and visitors safe:

  • Munson Healthcare will accept any style, any pattern, and any designs of hand-sewn face masks. We are gladly accepting all donations of hand-sewn masks.
  • Both elastic bands and tie style masks will be accepted.
  • Please try to ensure fabric is tight-knit or tightly-woven, breathable, and water-repellent. This includes fabric such as operating room linens, or cotton fabric. 
  • Items do not need to be placed in any packaging.
  • Hand-sewn face masks must be donated to one of our drop off locations designated below and should not be delivered directly to healthcare team members. Please do not drop off items at the Foundation office, emergency departments, hospitals, clinics, etc.
  • All hand-sewn face masks must be inspected and properly laundered through the Munson Healthcare laundry facility before use.
  • Since thousands of items will be laundered together, there will be no way to sort or separate these items for distribution, i.e. we cannot guarantee that donated items will go to a particular location.
  • Do not make face masks if you are ill.
  • Supplies should be new or unused.

Please know we are receiving a high-volume of inquiries regarding masks and response time may be delayed. Thank you for your patience.

Resources for hand-sewn face masks:

Notes of Appreciation and Encouragement

Words of encouragement and appreciation help fuel our team members who are working tirelessly to care for those affected by this crisis. Munson Healthcare will be accepting thank you cards, poems, drawings, notes of well wishes, etc. from the community for the healthcare team and will display these on bulletin boards at each hospital.

All cards, drawings, etc. should be mailed directly to the address below and will be sent directly to their respective hospital:

Munson Healthcare Foundations
1150 Medical Campus Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684


Donation Drop-Off Locations

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. While donations that support critical needs are allowed under the Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order, understand that we are taking precautions to ensure the safety of our donors, staff, and patients. 

Benzie Bus
14150 US-31
Beulah, MI 49617
231-325-3000 ext. 1
Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm 
Pick up is available by calling the number above. For items to be picked up, please leave all items outside front door to minimize exposure. 

Cadillac Rehabilitation Services
704 Oak Street
Cadillac, MI 49601
Mondays and Thursdays from 9 am to noon

Charlevoix Physician's Clinic
14709 W. Upright, Building D
Charlevoix, MI 49720
Monday - Friday from 9 am to 1 pm

Goodwill Northern Michigan
2779 W. South Airport Road
Traverse City, MI 49684
Open daily from noon to 6 pm

Grayling Hospital Crawford Room
Behind Crawford Continuing Care Center
1100 Michigan Avenue
Grayling, MI 49738
Mondays and Fridays from noon to 3 pm

KMHC Administration Building
Green house next to Assisted Living building
515 S. Birch Street
Kalkaska, MI 49646
Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Bins are located in the Administration Building entryway/vestibule

Manistee Community Health Center
Main entrance vestibule
1345 E. Parkdale Avenue
Manistee, MI 49660
Monday - Thursday from 9 am to noon

Otsego County Fair Board Office
124 Shipp Street
Gaylord, MI 49735
Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 3 pm

Prudenville Community Health Center
Fayes Building next to the Health Center
2585 W. Houghton Lake Drive
Prudenville, MI 48651
Mondays and Fridays from noon to 3 pm


Munson Manor Hospitality House

While the Munson Manor Hospitality House is still open to patients and their family members, the volunteer family dinner program is on hold indefinitely. At this time, Munson Manor is accepting donations of individually packaged items to be made available to guests. Examples of food items include cans of soup, macaroni and cheese, individual portions of cereal, and granola bars. Please deliver your items directly to the Manor and buzz management to bring items in and sanitize.


What You Need to Know About COVID-19

Learn more about the precautions Munson Healthcare is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, you will find visitation restrictions at our hospitals, guidance, and other resources regarding the illness. 

 

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If you have questions specific to Munson Healthcare regarding COVID-19, please contact our Nursing Hotline from 7 am to 7 pm daily at 231-935-0951 and press 5 to speak to a nurse.