Health care workers distributing supplies

With the number of positive COVID-19 cases continuing to rise rapidly in several southwest Kansas communities, Centura Health - St. Catherine Hospital saw a growing need for supplies and community outreach in the region.

After identifying the need, Centura Health, a health system covering Colorado and western Kansas, rounded up supplies of 25,000 masks, 2,000 eight-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer, and gloves and deployed them to Garden City.

On Saturday, the team distributed the supplies and educational materials to several hundred people out of mobile sites set up in parking lots at two local apartment complexes - 305 W. Mary St. and 603 Labrador Blvd. - both of which are home to many members of the local refugee community.

“We need these supplies in our community,” said Callie Dyer, executive director of LiveWell Finney County, the community outreach partner of St. Catherine Hospital. “Having the resources to be able to get out in our community and being able to reach those who are underserved, it makes my heart happy.”

On Sunday, the team continued its COVID-19 community outreach campaign, distributing roughly 2,000 masks, 2,000 bottles of water, hand sanitizer, gloves and educational materials to residents of Towns Riverview South in rural Finney County.

Dr. Toni Green-Cheatwood, Group Vice President and Physician Executive for Centura Health, was one of the leaders on hand to help with the distributions.

“Callie and the outreach team directed where the needs were,” Dr. Green-Cheatwood said. “We were here to support to make sure they had what they needed, and they told us where it was needed.”

The weekend distributions were the first of several being planned.. On Tuesday, a team is planning to distribute more supplies and informational handouts from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Sam’s Club, 3010 Lareu St., and then from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Walmart Neighborhood Market, 2424 N. Taylor Ave.

Information about future community distributions of supplies will be released when dates and sites have been determined.