Help Us Build PPE Inventory - Bronson Healthcare

Help Us Build Our Inventory of Personal Protective Equipment & Supplies

COVID-19 has caused a critical shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the globe. To help ensure the safety of our staff and patients, Bronson Healthcare is calling on community members and businesses to make donations, as well as manufacturers from southwest Michigan and the surrounding areas to consider producing critical items and either donating them, selling at cost or selling with a reasonable margin. These supplies will add to the inventory Bronson has already built up as part of its preparedness efforts to protect staff as they care for patients with COVID-19.

Community Donations

Bronson is asking the community for donations of specific new or unused items, as well as home-sewn face masks. Bronson is currently collecting items at four sites in the region. These donations will add to the inventory Bronson has already built up as part of its preparedness efforts to protect staff as they care for patients with COVID-19 over the coming weeks.

New and unused items that Bronson can accept

  • N-95 masks, sometimes called respirators
  • Disposable surgical face masks
  • Face shields
  • Disposable isolation gowns
  • Medical gloves (latex-free, nitrile preferred): For the safety of our patients, we cannot accept donations of latex gloves. 
  • Hand sanitizer*
  • Sanitizing wipes* (preferably Clorox or Lysol-branded wipes)
  • Infrared or forehead thermometers

*These items must be new, unopened and not expired. 

It is essential that nobody involved in the distribution or delivery of new/unused materials have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or have recently been exposed to anyone experiencing these symptoms or who has been tested positive for COVID-19.

Bronson is not able to accept the following items: medication, blankets, toys, clothing or other medical supplies. See below for drop-off information. Learn more.

Information on Home-Sewn Masks

Bronson is also accepting home-sewn face masks. These will be used by staff in appropriate areas to help protect staff and conserve the supply of PPE.

Bronson’s Patient & Family Advisory Council along with clinical staff members have collaborated on a mask template to best fit current needs. The hospital is currently in need of large adult and standard adult face masks. Masks made from other templates will also be accepted. When received, the masks will be washed before being delivered to Bronson locations. Download template and instructions.

It is essential that nobody involved in the creation, distribution or delivery of homemade masks have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or have recently been exposed to anyone experiencing these symptoms or who has been tested positive for COVID-19. See below for drop-off information. Learn more.

Hand-sewn masks are not a replacement for proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and should not be worn in situations where medical PPE is required.

Donation Drop-Offs

Bronson will be collecting the acceptable new/unused personal protective equipment, supplies and hand-sewn masks from businesses, organizations and community members at the following four locations Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.:

  • Portage: Bronson Diagnostics at Woodbridge, 2640 W. Centre St.
  • Battle Creek: Bronson Urology Specialists, 4441 Capital Avenue Southwest
  • Paw Paw: Bronson LakeView Hospital Main Entrance at 408 Hazen St., at the main reception desk
  • South Haven: Bronson South Haven Hospital Emergency Department Entrance at 955 S. Bailey Ave., at the main reception desk

Dropping off donations to Bronson is allowed under Governor’s stay home order.

All donations must be dropped off in-person. Anyone with questions or needing additional information, please contact Josh Fitzgibbon, Community Activities Branch Director, at fitzgibj@bronsonhg.org. Learn more.

Manufacturer Information

If you are a manufacturer/business and have the ability to produce, fill out the form, linked below, and let us know what critical items you’d be willing to make to donate or sell.

Manufactured critical items needed

Critical items include:

*NOTE: These specs are provided as an example of what we currently use at Bronson. Manufacturers interested in creating similar products must create inventory that meets similar needs. Click here for our preferred product usage and pricing.

Manufacturer contact form

Monetary Donations

If you would like to make a monetary donation, the Bronson Health Foundation Rapid Response Fund has been created to support Bronson's immediate response to the fast-moving global spread of COVID-19. Click here for more information or contact the Bronson Health Foundation at (269) 341-8100, healthfoundation@bronsonhg.org or bronsonfoundation.com.

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