It's an honor to support the teams at our five LifeBridge hospitals and BCAC. The Care Bravely Compassion Fund was created to allow our community to help us take care of the caregivers – the nurses, physicians and frontline staff. We are grateful for so many who have reached out to ask how you can help.
STAFF CARE AND COMFORT
Our frontline caregivers are working under very stressful circumstances with limited access to amenities. We have closed staff lounges, reduced access to the cafeteria and limited available food items to avoid infection. The Fund will provide meals for team members, special grocery services at each hospital, and psychosocial support to mitigate stress and anxiety.
PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND DEVICES
Vitally important masks and protective gear inventories are limited. The Fund will provide for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for the clinical staff across the LifeBridge Health system. We want ALL clinical staff to have a new N-95 mask and a clean surgical (cloth) mask daily. As our supply chain stabilizes and the disease curve is better understood, PPE needs have changed. At the present time:
- We continue to need N-95 and surgical masks - donations of cash to purchase them are needed, as well as in-kind donations of these types of masks
- The need for surgical gowns is great, with a new gown needed for each caregiver exposure to a COVID patient - donations of cash for purchase of gowns and materials to make gowns is a significant need at this time
- Thanks in large part to community donations and support, LifeBridge Health now has a sufficient amount of face shields for our caregivers
LifeBridge Health has been called into action in an unprecedented way and our teams are rising to the occasion. All available resources have been deployed to be ready to respond to the needs of our community. The Fund will help us staff a robust telemedicine program to evaluate and assess patients at home; set up testing tents throughout the LBH community; prepare and furnish hospital units for COVID 19 patients, including intensive care beds; and respond to and anticipate future needs as they develop.