•  Rome Memorial Hospital grateful for donations to protect staff

    As cases of COVID-19 continue to climb, Rome Memorial Hospital is grateful for the many donations of supplies from community members wishing to help.

    “The support we have received through this pandemic has been incredible,” said Materials Management Director Larry Giardino. “We appreciate every donation, large and small and will be using them to supplement our existing supplies. We’re also grateful to the county for securing resources to protect our staff.”

    Since the hospital began accepting in-kind donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) to supplement its supply, donations have come in from large companies, small businesses and individuals wishing to help.

    Donations have come from large and small businesses, like Harbor Freight Tools, Lowes and Big Apple Music of New Hartford, as well as organizations including Mohawk Valley Community College and the Jervis Public Library, and many individuals and providers from the community.

     PPE Donation 
    Amanda Ingham, RN, BSN, interim nurse manager of Rome Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) which the hospital received from Harbor Freight Tools.

    “We are deeply grateful for Rome Memorial Hospital’s dedication to keeping the community healthy through these challenging times and we are honored to help,” said Harbor Freight representative, Lauren Zegel.

    According to Giardino, the hospital is continually monitoring the usage rate of all supplies and trying to anticipate future needs. “We are learning more and more about COVID-19 every day, and taking every step to ensure that we have the resources to protect our staff, patients, residents and the community,” he said. “We are constantly assessing our supplies and monitoring the market to be prepared for a possible surge if and when it occurs.”

    Giardino and his staff continue to work closely with vendors as well as the Oneida County and New York State Departments of Health to proactively address emerging gaps in the supply chain. “Having an active group of people in our community who are adding to what is available commercially is a huge bonus as we work through this together,” he said.

    Small businesses, like dental offices or tattoo studios, and larger manufacturers or construction firms that want to donate PPE that they’re not using because of the COVID-19 pandemic can contact the hospital by calling 315.338.7222.

    The hospital is still accepting the following materials to supplement its supplies:
    • Disposable face masks (isolation, procedural, surgical, n95 masks)
    • Medical gowns
    • Face shields/goggles
    • Latex-free gloves

    All items must be new. When items are delivered, please include a note with the donor’s name, contact information and quantity of items.

    For information about donating handmade masks, please contact Becky D'Aiuto, Executive Director of the Rome Hospital Foundation, at 315.338.7181 or e-mail: bdaiuto@romehospital.org.