Integris asking for medical supply donations

MIAMI — Instead of providing assistance, the Integris hospitals in Miami and Grove now need some assistance from the public.

Because of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-1) pandemic and a worldwide shortage of medical supplies, the hospitals are now the ones asking for help.

To better prepare for a potential influx of patients, Integris is asking the public to donate a number of items.

The No. 1 need is masks — dust masks, painter’s masks, and construction masks. All can be used.

Other needed items include:

• Nitrile gloves

• Eye protection

• Impermeable gowns

• Touchless thermometers

• Hand sanitizer

• Bleach wipes

• Disinfectant wipes

“We know these items are scarce right now, but this type of personal protective equipment (PPE) is the only barrier between us and the disease,” said Jonas Rabel, president Integris Miami and Grove. “We need it to not only protect ourselves – but the community at large.”

Donations will be accepted on Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24 at the following locations:

Miami, 1 to 3 p.m.

Integris south parking lot at Steve Owens Blvd. and B Street (the gravel lot by the Integris billboard)

Grove, 9 to 11 a.m.

Integris north parking lot, 900 E. 13th Street (across from the baseball fields)

“Thank you for assisting us in this fight," Rabel said.