ROCKFORD, Illinois –  Starting Wednesday, March 25, SwedishAmerican will begin collecting donated items from the community. These donations will add to the inventory SwedishAmerican has already built up as part of its preparedness efforts to protect staff as they care for patients with COVID-19 during the coming weeks.

“We’ve had an outpouring of community interest to donate supplies to help combat COVID-19 and protect our employees,” said SwedishAmerican Materials Management Director John Cashmore. “Due to the critical shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfecting supplies nationwide, SwedishAmerican is turning to the community for donations of specific new or unused items.”

SwedishAmerican will accept donations of specific new/unused/unexpired items from businesses and organizations Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the hospital’s State Street entrance, 1401 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61104.

New and unused items that SwedishAmerican will accept include:

•    Face masks (At this time homemade masks are not being accepted.)
•    N95 masks, sometimes called respirators
•    Eye protection, including face shields and unvented goggles
•    Disposable gowns
•    Disposable gloves
•    Wipes: bleach or antimicrobial
•    Hand sanitizer

SwedishAmerican is also accepting specialized medical equipment items including: PAPRs (powered air-purifying respirators) and PAPR hoods, nasal testing swabs, and viral testing kits.  Items that list expiration dates must be unexpired.

SwedishAmerican is not accepting the following items: medication, blankets, toys, clothing or other medical supplies.

Donations must be dropped off in person. It is essential that no one involved in the creation, distribution or delivery of new/unused materials or homemade masks have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or have recently been exposed to anyone experiencing these symptoms or who has been tested positive for COVID-19.

Anyone with questions or needing additional information, please email Foundation@swedishamerican.org or call (779) 696-2496.

For more information about COVID-19, visit https://www.swedishamerican.org/Coronavirus.  

Contacts:  Maegan Ratts 779-221-3765  maegan@kmkmedia.com 
Pam Maher 779-221-3760  pam@kmkmedia.com