ACMC Caregivers grateful as community donations flow in
Ashtabula County local businesses and residents continue to rally around ACMC Healthcare System during the current COVID-19 crisis. As of March 31, hundreds of items of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment have been donated.
“On behalf of our caregivers, I’m so very grateful to the companies and individuals who have contacted us to find out how they can help. It’s been overwhelming – in a good way,” said ACMC Healthcare System President and CEO Michael Habowski. “The show of support for our caregivers – who come to work every day on the front lines of fighting this pandemic – has been tremendous. It reminds me of the same support and generosity that resulted in ACMC being built 115 years ago.”
ACMC has received donations of cleaning and sanitizing supplies; face shields, goggles, masks, and gloves; and protective clothing such as coveralls, and gowns. In addition, many local residents are collecting supplies or making masks for caregivers and patients to wear.
Local companies donating supplies to ACMC include (as of March 31):
- A Louis Supply
- Arthur Louis Steel
- Ashtabula Area City Schools
- Ashta Chemicals
- CJ Contractors
- Conneaut Schools
- Continental Structural Plastics
- Gabriel Performance Products
- Geneva Family Dental
- Ineos Pigments
- JoAnn Fabrics
- Kelley Steel
- Kent State University – Ashtabula
- Members of Boilermakers Local 744
- Molded Fiber Glass
- National Retail Outlet
- Steven’s Construction
- Vincent Homes
The donations began arriving at ACMC in mid-March and continue to increase at a time when item are becoming scarce from national suppliers. While ACMC currently has an adequate supply of personal protective equipment on-hand, when patients who are COVID-19 positive begin to arrive, those supplies can go quickly. All of the donated supplies are being stored securely so ACMC Caregivers will have them available the moment they are needed.
In addition to supply donations, numerous local restaurants have also donated food and gift cards to ACMC caregivers.
Habowski summed up ACMC Caregivers’ thoughts about the community support and generosity of our neighbors. “The Ashtabula County community is exceptionally generous. Whether it is in raising money for events like the Heart Walk or Relay for Life, supporting United Way, or coming to the aid of a family who’s lost their home to a fire, there is one thing that is always evident: Ashtabula County cares.”
ACMC is still welcoming donations of supplies like the ones listed above. If you have any of these items and would like to donate them to the hospital, please contact Tammy L. Netkowicz, 440.997.6605 or by email at Tammy.Netkowicz@acmchealth.org.