AAMC Briefs

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Ways To Help

In addition to following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for social distancing and staying home as much as possible, here are three things you can do right now to help:

1. Donate protective equipment. Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) is accepting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE). If you or your company have a supply of masks or any of the other essential medical supplies listed below, please donate them to help protect health care workers.

  • ♣ N95 masks, all sizes
  • ♣ Isolation gowns and surgical caps
  • ♣ Avagard or a product with greater than 60% alcohol content
  • ♣ Face shields with masks
  • ♣ Yellow procedure masks
  • ♣ Protective eyewear
  • ♣ Oxivir wipes

These items should be delivered curbside to AAMC’s Belcher Pavilion Circle, located at 2000 Medical Parkway in Annapolis. Hours for donation drop off are Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am to noon. A member of the AAMC team will gratefully accept your donation.

2. Make a CDC-compliant mask. AAMC can use CDC-compliant masks for those in health care spaces who are not taking care of patients yet but need extra protection, as well as for patients. This will allow the professional protective gear to be used exclusively for health care professionals who are at higher risk of exposure.

“At a time of a national shortage of masks, we appreciate the community’s willingness and eagerness to do this,” said Barbara Jacobs, chief nursing officer at AAMC. “This will allow us to accumulate masks that can be used if supply issues continue, particularly for our patients.”

Masks should be delivered curbside to AAMC’s Belcher Pavilion Circle, located at 2000 Medical Parkway in Annapolis. Hours for donation drop-off are Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am to noon.

3. Give blood. Healthy individuals can schedule an appointment to help meet the blood supply need in this community. Call 443-481-4215 to schedule a time to donate.

The Blood Donor Center is located inside AAMC’s Wayson Pavilion, Suite 450. Donation times are Monday through Wednesday from 8:15am to 3:45pm and Thursday and Friday from 7:15am to 2:45pm.

AAMC appreciates the many people who have asked about donating food, toiletries, gift cards and other items. At this time, the hospital is not accepting these items from the general public. For now, AAMC is accepting food donations only from distributors or commercial licensed kitchens.

The Gratitude Project

For more than 118 years, the community has been invaluable to helping Anne Arundel Medical Center provide the best in health care to all who need it. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital’s #HealthcareHeroes appreciate your support more than ever.

AAMC invites you to leave a note of thanks, or share a story, video or picture for the hospital’s incredible caregivers and staff. Share a Grateful Heart online at www.aahs.org/grateful using the hashtag #IHeartAAMC and follow the spirit of gratitude as the hospital shares your responses on the AAMC social media pages.

Community Response Fund

Anne Arundel Medical Center and the AAMC Foundation are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support received from those who want to make a difference in these uncertain times for patients, their families, and AAMC caregivers.

Donations to the Community Response Fund ensure that funds are directed to the areas of care where they are needed most in AAMC’s health care system at this time, including:

  • • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks, Avagard sanitizer, isolation gowns, and protective hardware
  • • Counseling for staff who are experiencing extreme stress and trauma
  • • Financial assistance for patients who can no longer afford health insurance due to job loss
  • • Up-to-the-minute training so caregivers can learn the rapidly evolving knowledge on how to safely and successfully care for and heal infectious disease patients

Visit www.aahs.org to donate. If you have any questions, contact foundation@aahs.org.

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