Nash UNC Health Care Donates Masks Back to Community
ROCKY MOUNT, North Carolina –
Back in late March, Nash UNC Health Care had requested community donations of masks and other medical supplies due to a shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE. Community members, businesses and faith based organizations donated many supplies including an abundance of medical grade masks, as well as hand-made cloth masks.
Since then, Nash UNC has secured its regular supply of PPE and is now donating the community-made masks to patients receiving treatment in the Danny Talbott Cancer Center.
“When we asked for help with supplies, the community responded instantly and abundantly. We are thankful for the generosity shown to us during a time when many things were uncertain,” says L. Lee Isley, president and CEO of Nash UNC Health Care.
More than 600 cloth masks were made by community volunteers and donated to the hospital. Each mask comes with a tag explaining that it was made by a community member, and that the mask can be washed and reused.
Sterling Grimes, executive director of Cancer Services & Imaging at Nash UNC Health Care, explains what this means to her patients.
“COVID-19 has brought a lot of fear and uncertainty to how our patients go about their daily lives. For any cancer patient, getting sick can be dangerous to their health and is something they have to be conscious of during their treatment,” says Grimes.
Grimes continues, “The community members who made these masks really considered others when making them. There are a variety of sizes, colors and patterns to match individual preferences and personalities.”
Grimes says patients have felt supported and encouraged when receiving their community-made mask.
“Our patients have been excited to receive a mask made by fellow community members, as it shows how our community really rallies together through challenging times. These washable and reusable masks give our patients peace of mind that they will always have one if they need it.”