OhioHealth Gives Back Portion of Donated COVID-19 Supplies
COVID-19 Care Packages to Reach People in Need
OhioHealth announced today it will give back a portion of the supplies so generously donated to area hospitals in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Hospitals needed help and the communities came through donating more than 1.1 million items such as face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and more. Nearly 90 percent of these donated items were able to be used to help protect frontline healthcare workers, or placed in our inventory for future needs.
Today, with PPE and other supplies replenished and becoming more readily available, OhioHealth will donate 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, 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.”
How it will work in central Ohio
OhioHealth will work with two local organizations on different days to distribute the OhioHealth COVID Care Packages to families and seniors in need.
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YMCA Hilltop, 2879 Valleyview Dr., Columbus
The “drive through” giveaway will take place at the YMCA’s normally scheduled weekly food and produce giveaway which they do jointly with the Mid-Ohio Food Collective.
The OhioHealth Wellness on Wheels unit and OhioHealth volunteers will be on site to distribute the bags and health information.
Dedicated Senior Medical Centers - a partnership between OhioHealth and ChenMed, interested seniors are encouraged to call (614) 803.9000 to schedule a convenient weekday “OhioHealthy” bag pick-up at any of the following three Dedicated locations:
- 5156 East Main Street, Whitehall
- 50 N Wilson Road, Hilltop area
- 2260 Morse Road, Northland area
Dedicated can provide courtesy round-trip transportation on request, and also will be promoting “OhioHealthy” bag pick-ups during a special June 23 coronavirus education telephone town hall to which some 25,000 at-risk Columbus seniors will be invited.
How it will work outside of central Ohio
OhioHealth will donate supplies to partnering organizations in the communities we serves. The agencies listed below will distribute the supplies to those in need.
- Delaware County – SourcePoint
- United Way of Delaware County (Strengthening Families)
- Athens - HAPCAP and Athens City Schools
- Mansfield - Salvation Army Richland County
- Pickaway County Food Pantry and Haven House
- Marion - Marion Technical College
- Shelby - Help Line Ministries
OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, 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, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.
About the YMCA of Central Ohio
The YMCA is one of Central Ohio’s leading nonprofits, empowering youth and families and strengthening communities through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. We are a diverse association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life, joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve our community’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. As part of the fabric of Central Ohio for over 160 years, the YMCA has long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change. For more information about the YMCA of Central Ohio, visit www.ymcacolumbus.org
About Dedicated Senior Medical Center and ChenMed
ChenMed, a privately owned medical, management and technology company, last year established three Dedicated centers in Columbus in partnership with OhioHealth. A primary care provider of choice for some 20 Medicare Advantage health insurance plans in 10 states, popular ChenMed brands also include Chen Senior Medical Center and JenCare Senior Medical Center.
Inspired by ChenMed Chairman and Founder James Chen, M.D., Ph.D., the company has been serving low-to-moderate-income seniors with multiple complex chronic conditions for over 30 years. Results of ChenMed’s high-touch approach to primary care are impressive, as illustrated in the Modern Healthcare cover story (Oct. 20, 2018), which reports, “Indeed, ChenMed's approach has resulted in 50 percent fewer hospital admissions compared with a standard primary-care practice, 28 percent lower per-member costs and significantly higher use of evidence-based medications.”