A Message from Mark Deponio, Senior Vice President, System Services, Munson Healthcare

Mark Deponio, Senior Vice President of System Services at Munson Healthcare

With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading and changing rapidly, this is a very difficult time for our local communities, state, nation, and the world. Watch the message above for more information on what Munson Healthcare is doing.

How Can I Help?

Global Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This includes items like masks, face shields, isolation gowns, exam gloves and booties. We are also anticipating a supply shortage in items like viral transport tubes, high flow nasal cannulas, humidifier kits, overall respiratory items and associated medications. Lastly, even common items such as bleach wipes, hand soap, hand sanitizer, and even toilet paper are in short supply. View the video above for more information.

What is Munson Healthcare Doing?

Munson Healthcare is taking many steps to address this equipment crisis, including collaborating with other hospitals across the state, coordinating our advocacy efforts to engage our government leaders in Lansing, and providing effective education to ensure staff are prepared to serve patients with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. This education also guides our employees on the appropriate use of PPE, including when it is medically necessary to use PPE. 

At Munson Healthcare, we follow PPE guidelines from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All employee safety protocols are also thoroughly vetted by infection prevention experts and chief medical officers across our system. In addition to following strict guidelines around the proper use of PPE, we are asking all staff to work with our supply chain experts to fully inventory current supplies in every department, and help centralize supplies where they are needed most.

How You Can Donate

We are also thinking creatively. I’m amazed by the amount of community members who have asked how they can help with donations. On behalf of Munson Healthcare, I want to say THANK YOU. Northern Michigan is a truly special place where we take care of each other. We really need our communities to support our work. The best way to do that is by following precaution recommendations of the CDC and making financial contributions. Munson Healthcare Foundations has more information on how to help as community partners are stepping up.

Please call the Munson Healthcare Foundations directly at 231-213-1150 or foundation@mhc.net if you have questions on items you would like to donate.

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Thank you for your commitment to our dedicated providers, employees, patients and community. We are honored to serve Northern Michigan.

We are proud to serve our communities. I am encouraged to have so many community members who want to help during this public health crisis.  Again, please visit our website often for continuing updates on our supply status and ways you can help.

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