Salem School District Donates Supplies to Salem Regional

SALEM, Ohio – Salem City School District has donated part of its stock of respiratory masks and exam gloves to Salem Regional Medical Center to help the hospital stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

On Thursday, Salem City Schools superintendent Sean Kirkland, treasurer Michael Douglas and curriculum director Jamie Kemats were among the representatives from the district to deliver 590 masks and 1,700 gloves.

“We wanted to step in and do something to help keep those in our State and communities safe,” Kirkland said in a statement. “After looking at our supplies, we realized that we could make a difference for our local hospital.”

On Sunday, the Ohio Department of Health reported the first two cases of COVID-19, the disease spread by the coronavirus, in Columbiana County. 

“During this time when our nation is facing an extreme shortage of masks and supplies used by frontline healthcare staff in the battle against this virus, we’re extremely grateful to the Salem City School District for their generous donation,” said Dr. Anita Hackstedde, president and CEO of Salem Regional. “Our top priority is protecting our patients and staff. These items will be used to assist our healthcare workers in delivering safe care and increase our capacity to treat patients.”

Those who wish to make donations to the health-care system can contact Salem Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Amy Reed at 330 337 2883.

A drop-off box for donations of unused personal protective equipment will be available in the hospitals main lobby from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning March 24.

Needed equipment includes:

  • Disposable gowns and gloves.
  • N95 or N100 respirator face masks. 
  • Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR).
  • Disposable surgical face masks. 
  • Face-shields/goggles. 
  • Disposable head coverings.
  • Surgical coveralls/scrubs. 
  • Surgical booties/shoe-covers. 
  • Alcohol wipes and 70% alcohol liquid. 
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • UVC disinfection lights/boxes.

Pictured: Salem City Schools superintendent Sean Kirkland, Salem Regional Medical Center President and CEO Dr. Anita Hackstedde, Salem Schools treasurer Michael Douglas and curriculum director Jamie Kemats.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.