Community members interested in helping with COVID-19 efforts can participate
by creating masks, donating personal protective equipment (PPE), or sending
greetings to residents at the Living Center.
The JH Community Mask Project, a grass-roots effort to create standard
medical masks, is the brainchild of Keegan Pfeil, RN. Masks will be donated
to St. John’s Health, with surplus masks going to other health providers
in the community and region. For further information, including a pattern
and instructional video,
St. John’s is partnering with skilled members of the local Quilters
Guild and other experienced sewers to create surgical masks, gowns, and
other PPE the hospital and direct patient care team may need.
The mask project closely follows CDC recommendations in order to protect
the safety of patients and staff. Masks will be distributed as appropriate
by the hospital team. Hospital-grade masks will be preserved for staff
and those on the front lines. All home-sewn masks will be laundered at
St. John’s Health before use or distribution.
Businesses or individuals with surplus PPE, like non-powdered latex gloves,
standard masks, commercial masks, N95 masks, face shields, safety goggles,
and unopened hand sanitizer, can bring them to the main lobby of the hospital
at 625 E. Broadway.
“The outpouring of community support has been overwhelming,”
said St. John’s CEO Paul Beaupre, MD. “Many members of the
community have asked what they can do to help, and these initiatives are
critical to helping us conserve important supplies.”
Another way to help is by writing to St. John’s Living Center residents,
who have been without visitors since March 10. They would love to hear
from you. Please consider mailing a hand-written letter, poem, story,
or picture to the residents to bring them joy during a time of isolation.
Letters can be addressed to:
St. John’s Living Center
c/o Connie Hansen
P.O. Box 3067
Jackson, WY 83001
For more information on these initiatives, and other ways to help,
Karen Connelly, St. John’s Health, 307.739.7380, firstname.lastname@example.org