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Where to donate medical equipment, supplies to hospitals treating COVID patients

Melissa Nann Burke
The Detroit News

Michigan hospitals and some health departments are accepting community donations of medical supplies and equipment from area businesses and organizations as they treat patients amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The influx of patients has led to a shortage of supplies — including personal protective equipment, masks, ventilators and other crucial equipment — and hospitals are seeking donations.

The shortages prompted Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday to request residents and businesses to donate high-demand items needed by hospitals and medical providers.

“Our brave medical professionals and first responders are on the front lines of keeping us safe, and we must do everything we can to protect them and every Michigander we can from the spread of COVID-19,” Whitmer said in a statement. 

“Right now, medical professionals across the state are forced to reuse face masks. This increases the risk of spreading COVID-19 during a time when we should do everything we can to mitigate it. We’re not getting the tools we need from the federal government, so it’s on all of us to work together to protect each other. ”   

Michigan’s statewide stay-at-home order allows people to travel to donate medical supplies to provide necessities to “individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency."

Below are lists by hospital or health system of the locations to drop off items and when. Email additions to mburke@detroitnews.com. 

Thank you cards were included inside donations of medical protective gear and supplies that were received at the University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex in Ann Arbor, March 22, 2020.

Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Health System is accepting new and unused medical supplies at their shipping and receiving docks: 

  • Henry Ford corporate offices at 1 Ford Place Drive, Detroit, between Second and Third streets, 3 ½ blocks south of West Grand Boulevard. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
  • Henry Ford Allegiance Health, 205 N. East Ave., Jackson. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, 15855 19 Mile Road, Clinton Township. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, 6777 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, 2333 Biddle, Wyandotte. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Beaumont Health

Beaumont will accept donations at the Beaumont Service Center, 26901 Beaumont Boulevard in Southfield, but is only seeking certain high priority items at this time.

Donation bins are outside the Beaumont Service Center's main entrance through Saturday.

Community members will be able to drive up and place needed supplies and materials in the bins 24-7.

Personal protective equipment sought by Beaumont:

  • New or unused disposable face masks
  • N95 masks (sometimes called respirators)
  • Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles
  • Disposable gowns
  • Disposable gloves (especially non-latex)
  • Disposable surgical caps
  • Disposable foot covers
  • Wipes: bleach or anti-microbial
  • Hand-sanitizer

Specialized items:

  • PAPRs (powered air purifying respirators) and PAPR hoods
  • Nasal testing swabs
  • Viral testing kits

Items Beaumont is not accepting at this time:

  • Home-sewn reusable masks or 3-D printed ventilator parts
  • Medications, food, blankets, medical equipment and other supplies

Detroit Medical Center 

DMC asks those interested in making a donation of supplies call (313) 966-9328.

Oakland County 

Oakland County will accept donations at the Oakland County Farmers Market at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The county will pick up any donated equipment on the list for those who are unable to drop off donations. To contact the Emergency Operations Center to donate equipment, call (248) 858-5300 or email oakeoc@oakgov.com.

Needed items: 

  • masks (all types)
  • face shields
  • surgical gowns
  • surgical gloves
  • no-touch thermometers
  • respirators 

Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital

The hospital will have a collection bin available at the front of the hospital starting Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday for the following items:

  • New or unused disposable face masks
  • N95 masks
  • Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles
  • Disposable gowns
  • Disposable gloves (especially non-latex)
  • Disposable surgical caps
  • Disposable foot covers
  • Wipes: bleach or anti-microbial
  • Hand-sanitizer
  • PAPRs (powered air purifying respirators) and PAPR hoods
  • Nasal testing swabs
  • Viral testing kits

Ascension Corporate Services Building

A donation box is near the entrance at 28000 Dequindre in Warren. Donations will be accepted 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, of the following items:

  • Surgical, isolation and N95 masks
  • Isolation and surgical gowns
  • Full length and ¾-length plastic face shields
  • Goggles

Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan health system)

The University of Michigan health system has opened a drive-thru donation site at its North Campus Research Complex in Ann Arbor at 2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, which is set back from Plymouth Road and Huron Parkway.

Donors should enter from Huron Parkway and follow signs to the loading dock. The hours are  7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Needed items, new or unused:

  • Disposable face masks
  • N95 masks, sometimes called respirators
  • Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles
  • Disposable gowns
  • Disposable gloves, especially non-latex
  • Disposable surgical caps
  • Disposable foot covers
  • Wipes: bleach or antimicrobial
  • Hand sanitizer

More specialized items:

  • PAPRs (powered air-purifying respirators) and PAPR hoods
  • Nasal testing swabs
  • Viral testing kits

What not to donate: UM is not accepting home-sewn reusable masks or 3D-printed ventilator parts at this time. 

Sparrow Hospital in Lansing

Sparrow Hospital in Lansing will accept supplies at the north entrance of Eastern High School, 220 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Lansing. They need: 

  • Disposable face masks
  • N95 masks, including 3D printed
  • Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles
  • Disposable gowns
  • Disposable non-latex gloves
  • Surgical caps
  • Disposable foot covers
  • Bleach
  • Bleach or anti-microbial sanitizing wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • PAPRs (Power air purifying respirators) and PAPR hoods
  • Nasal flock swabs
  • Ventilator parts, including ventilator heaters, probes, wires, and disposable adapters
  • Fisher & Payal MR850 wires and heaters
  • Hand-sewn reusable masks

St. Joseph Mercy Health System 

St. Joseph Mercy is accepting the following unused and unopened items: 

  • PAPRs (Power air purifying respirators)
  • Lysol or Clorox wipes
  • Face shields and goggles
  • Masks (N95 and regular) as well as elastic banding 
  • Surgical caps/protective caps
  • Testing swabs
  • M4 viral media
  • Gowns
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot glue sticks and transparency sheets
  • Commercially prepared and packaged food items

Those interested in donating should contact Kim.Niethammer@stjoeshealth.org to ask questions and coordinate drop offs at the hospital locations:

  •  St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily: Drop off at Towsley Health Building (Catherine’s House Dress for Success entrance): 5361 McAuley Dr., Ypsilanti 
  • St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday: Drop off at White Tent, Near Emergency Department, 775 S. Main St., Chelsea
  • St. Joseph Mercy Livingston - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily: Main Entrance, 620 Byron Rd., Howell 
  • St. Joseph Mercy Oakland - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday: Medical Office Building (MOB), 44555 Woodward Ave., Pontiac, north of the Main Entrance.  
  • St. Mary Mercy Livonia - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday: Behind Emergency Department, 36475 Five Mile Rd., Livonia. Use the west entrance off 5 Mile and follow the signs to the donation center.

MidMichigan Health

MidMichigan Health wants donors to send their contact information (name, email address and phone number) by email to COVID19.SUPPLIES@midmichigan.org in the event that the following supplies are needed locally:

  • Disposable face masks (any kind) including N95 masks
  • Disposable clear face shields
  • Clear safety glasses and goggles

MidMichigan is also partnering with regional health systems through the THRIVE initiative to address supply shortages for the COVID-19 response:

  • N95 Masks
  • Hand sanitizer (>60% alcohol)
  • Disinfectant wipes (>60% alcohol)
  • Powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) or comparable devices
  • Surgical gloves or single-use disposable gloves
  • Goggles
  • Clear face shields
  • Clear safety glasses
  • Surgical gowns
  • M4 red top tubes
  • Dacron swabs (for sample collection)

Businesses can drop off materials off to Saginaw Valley State University 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ryder Center

Spectrum Health 

Spectrum Health opened 14 drop-off donation sites for medical supplies Tuesday, saying it has a supply of masks and other personal protection equipment for its patients and health care providers but wants to "stretch" that supply for future needs.

The following items will be accepted at the donation sites:

  • N95 masks
  • isolation masks (adult/child)
  • masks with face shield/visor
  • handmade or sewn reusable masks
  • face shields
  • goggles/safety glasses
  • bouffant caps
  • extended extra protection gloves – all sizes
  • isolation gowns
  • bleach wipes
  • swabs (flexible mini-tip)
  • pocket-size sanitizer
  • thermometers (digital, disposable, temporal)

Spectrum is not currently accepting donations of 3D-printed items, other medical equipment, medications or blankets.

For large donations requiring special arrangements or for questions about donations, email covid19supplies@spectrumhealth.org.

Drop off sites for Spectrum Health: 

  • Spectrum Health Big Rapids Family Medicine, 650 Linden St., Suite 1, Big Rapids, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Spectrum Health South Pavilion, 80 68th St. S.E., Grand Rapids, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Multispecialty Clinic, 230 W. Oak St., Fremont, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Spectrum Health Medical Group Family Medicine, 3152 Port Sheldon St, Suite C Hudsonville, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday
  • Health Pointe, 15100 Whittaker Way, Grand Haven, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday
  • Spectrum Health Integrated Care Campus, East Beltline 2750 E. Beltline Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday
  • Spectrum Health Medical Group Lake Drive, 4100 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.Monday–Friday
  • Spectrum Health United Greenville Family Medicine, 1202 W Oak St. Greenville, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday
  • Spectrum Health Pennock State Street Center, 1108 W State St., Hastings, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday
  • Spectrum Health Integrated Care Campus – Holland, 588 E. Lakewood Boulevard, Holland, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday
  • Spectrum Health Integrated Care Campus – Ionia, 2776 S. State Road, Ionia7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday
  • Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Family Medicine, 922 Lawndale St., Ludington, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday
  • Spectrum Health Integrated Care Campus – North Muskegon, 2009 Holton Road, Muskegon, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday
  • Spectrum Health Integrated Care Campus – Rockford, 8501 Meadow Creek Drive Rockford, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday

mburke@detroitnews.com