Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital’s officials say the community is responding to a request for hospital supply donations.
Rod Evans, hospital spokesman, said the Baytown hospital, as well as other Methodist hospitals, are getting N95 masks, something deemed an essential need in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis.
“We appreciate the generosity of individuals and corporations throughout the Baytown/Houston area,” Evans said.
David P. Bernard, Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital CEO, sent out an email Monday to the business community with a request for assistance. In the email, he said the hospital is in need of “personal protective equipment that is utilized across the health care, oil and gas, chemical, and industrial painting industries.”
Evans added if anyone wants to donate masks or other items, reach out to Laurie Terry, the hospital’s administrative director, at LATerry@houstonmethodist.org.
“We will be happy to contact them,” Evans said.
Aside from the N95 masks, other requested items include powered air-purifying respirators, Tyvek suits, isolation gowns, Nitrile disposable gloves, and new or reusable face shields.
Evans said the hospitals are currently doing well when it comes to supplies.
“But we are planning in case of a surge,” he said. “This is a rapidly changing situation requiring us to plan ahead.”
Some hospitals around the country, such as those in New York and Detroit, are maxing out patient rooms.
Evans said that is not the case with Methodists hospitals.
“We have occupancy at this time at Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital and in other Houston Methodist hospitals at this time,” he said.
Evans said taking care of their patients remains a top priority of the hospital.
“We have an outstanding team of dedicated physicians, nurses and staff caring for our patients and their health care needs,” Evans said. “Whether it’s an infectious disease event or major weather event, we train for these kinds of emergency responses. From our inception 100 years ago, when we treated the Spanish flu, to weather events such as Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Allison, we are always able to adjust to situations like these.”
President Donald Trump issued a declaration of disaster for Texas Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott said.
Along with the announcement, Abbott said he is putting some new procedures in place to help with hospital resources. Through executive orders, Abbott said hospitals can treat two patients in one room, and health care workers will postpone all “elective and non-essential” medical procedures.