ALAMOSA — It started with a few phone calls. It has now become one of the largest outpourings of support that San Luis Valley Health has seen.
Because of the surge of patients in other areas of Colorado and the nation, the hospital is looking at potential supply shortages of surgical masks, gowns and other supplies.
So the hospital began calling area businesses such as dental and veterinary offices, nail and hair salons and businesses in agriculture here in the Valley, looking for any extra surgical masks and other supplies. That outreach resulted in the donation of thousands of surgical masks from all over the Valley, with more coming in every day.
Then something extraordinary happened.
Valley residents began reaching out by phone, email and text, offering their sewing skills to make masks to help fill the need. Every day, more and more people from all over the Valley are reaching out to help.
“This response has been overwhelming, and so appreciated,” said Michelle Gay, head of the newly formed Innovation Team at SLV Health. “We knew the generosity of the people in the San Luis Valley was huge, but this labor of love has no bounds.”
Ms. Gay, in coordination with Kelly Gurule, director of the SLV Health Foundation, is finalizing plans on patterns for the surgical masks and gowns as well as coordinating people as they call in to volunteer. Ms. Gay is also organizing other ideas and suggestions that will benefit the safety of the healthcare staff.
“This pandemic goes well beyond what we in healthcare, and you as community members, have ever seen,” said Konnie Martin, CEO of SLV Health. “Together, with your help, we can continue to help those that need us the most. It’s through community members – working together towards a common goal – that we are reminded that we are not alone during this time.”
To help with the creation of masks and gowns, please contact Kelly Gurule by calling 719-587-5707, or by email at [email protected]
For any other innovative ideas or suggestions, please contact Michelle Gay by calling 719-587-6362, or by email at [email protected]