Hospital accepting PPE donations

To help manage these donations as effectively as possible and limit potential for exposure to both donors and our caregivers, Centura Health has set up drop bins for personal protective equipment (PPE) donations and also sharing some creative ways your efforts can make a true difference for the front line caregivers.

A drop box for PPE donations, that began Wednesday, is located outside the main entrance to St. Catherine Hospital, 401 E. Spruce St.

The hospital is currently accepting only the following items:

- Boxed masks and N95s (single or used masks cannot be accepted)

- Gloves that are still in manufacturer packaging

- Packaged gowns or rain ponchos with sleeves

- Face shields (must include eye protection and be labeled as surgical, isolation, dental, or medical procedure face shields)

Homemade masks

As of today, per CDC guidelines, homemade masks are not considered PPE and should be only considered as a last resort. Therefore, Centura is not currently accepting these as donations. If interested, email to receive a pattern and material specifications in the event our current policy changes and we begin to accept homemade masks.

Ways to help:

- Sign up to donate blood at a local donation center, as local blood centers anticipate up to a 35 percent decline in the coming weeks due to social distancing.

- Deliver catered food for on-duty caregivers (homemade food cannot be accepted).

- Assemble care packages for our caregivers who are working long hours and may not have time or resources to obtain essential items for personal use, including items such as: shelf-stable food staples, toilet paper and other paper goods and home cleaning supplies.

- Direct financial donations to the hospital’s foundation.

- check on an at-risk neighbor: exchange phone numbers, stick to a daily check-in call, and run an urgent errand if needed.