Shelby Help Line Ohio Health

Shelby Help Line Ministries will distribute COVID-19 supplies donated back by OhioHealth to the communities it serves. (Submitted photo)

COLUMBUS -- OhioHealth has given back a portion of the supplies donated to area hospitals in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, including to two Richland County organizations.

In March and April, supplies of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) and other needed items were in short supply due to the worldwide demand and the scope of the pandemic, the health care organization said Thursday.

Hospitals needed help and the communities came through donating more than 1.1 million items such as, face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and more.

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Nearly 90 percent of these donated items were able to be used to help protect frontline healthcare workers, or placed in inventory for future needs.

With PPE and other supplies replenished and becoming more readily available, OhioHealth is donating more than 100,000 items to people in need.

“We were humbled by the outpouring of support and generosity by many friends of OhioHealth that donated items,” said Karen Morrison, president of the OhioHealth Foundation and senior vice president, external affairs.

“These gifts helped us bridge a difficult period and it was greatly appreciated by our clinical and support staff. The community stepped up to help in a significant way and for that we are forever grateful," Morrison said.

OhioHealth is donating supplies to partnering organizations in the communities it serves. The agencies listed below will distribute the supplies to those in need.

· Shelby - Help Line Ministries (Salvation Army/FISH Food Pantry)

· Mansfield - Salvation Army

· Marion - Marion Technical College

· Delaware County – SourcePoint and United Way of Delaware County (Strengthening Families)

· Athens - HAPCAP and Athens City Schools

· Pickaway County Food Pantry and Haven House

The following supplies were donated to Richland County organizations:

Gloves

Toilet Paper

Kleenex/ Tissue Boxes

Face Masks (Hand Sewn)

Coveralls

Clogs (Rubber Shoes)

Cleaning Supplies

Mini Hand Sanitizers

Protein Bars

Straws

Standard Protection Kits

In addition, OhioHealth worked with YMCA Hilltop in Columbus, as well as Dedicated Senior Medical Centers, a partnership between OhioHealth and ChenMed, to provide OhioHealth COVID Care Packages to families and seniors in need.

 About OhioHealth

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.

Based in Columbus, OhioHealth has been recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics, an honor it has received six times.

It is also recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for 13 years in a row, 2007-2019.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 35,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 12 hospitals, 200+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 47-county area.

OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital, OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital and OhioHealth Berger Hospital.

For more information, visit www.ohiohealth.com.