In response to the need for addition Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in our hospitals and clinics, as well as community offers of assistance, Sharp will launch an effort to collect drive-up donations of PPE and other supplies this Wednesday, March 24 at locations across the system.

As we follow current guidance for infection control and prevention as outlined in our March 20 memo, we are optimizing our use of PPE to ensure we have an adequate supply for our health care workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed communicable diseases, including COVID-19.

In addition Sharp is planning ahead to help ensure our supplies and equipment remain at optimal levels respite global PPE inventory issues and uncertainty around the duration of the outbreak. The donation collection is part of that effort.

Below are details about the donation sites and accepted items. If you have any questions, please contact me at kevin.thompson@sharp.com.

Drive up locations are:

Sharp HealthCare, 4000 Ruffin Road, San Diego

Sharp Coronado Hospital, 250 Prospect Place, Coronado

Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Brier Patch Campus, 9000 Wakarusa Street, La Mesa

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, 751 Medical Center Court, Chula Vista

Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Brier Patch, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday only), Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

New or unused products to donate:

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 (at least 60% alcohol)

Infrared thermometers

Specialized items to donate:

PAPRs (powered air-purifying respirators) and PAPR hoods

Nasal testing swabs

Viral testing kits

What not to donate:

At this time Sharp is not accepting hand-sewn reusable masks or 3-D printed ventilator parts.

Donations of other items such as medications, food, blankets, medical equipment or other supplies are not needed at this time. If that changes, an announcement will be made.

How to Donate

Donations can be dropped off at any of the locations listed above.

Donors will be directed into and out of the donation location.

Donors will not need to get out of their cars if they prefer not to.

Staff will maintain safe physical distance from donors, and will wear gloves and regularly clean their hands.

Donors will be asked to provide basic contact information and may request a receipt for their records

Donation sites can accommodate donations of all sizes.

Please note that donors who are not feeling well should wait until they are feeling better before they travel to a drive-up donation location.

Thank you for your support in disseminating this message to your friends and family.

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