We are in the midst of some of the most challenging days our nation, community and Gritman Medical Center have ever faced. But we have also been inspired by the strength, compassion, and generosity of our communities on the Palouse.
As our staff has worked day and night to prepare for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases, generous offers of assistance and donations have flowed in almost daily at Gritman. Countless individuals and groups have graciously come to our aid in the fight against COVID-19.
“I appreciate the way the community has rallied around us,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Brown said. “It is a frightening time both for the community and our providers and front line health care workers as they prepare to face this crisis, and knowing that we have the community’s support is deeply gratifying.”
Here are just a few of the ways the community has helped:
- As it became clear maintaining an adequate inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE) would be difficult, many area groups and individuals stepped up to sew cloth face masks for our frontline staff. These masks will be critical in ensuring the safety of both our staff and patients.
- We rarely go more than a day without someone offering the services of their 3D printer.
- Numerous local businesses and organizations have provided meals and tasty treats to our staff.
- The city of Moscow quickly responded and helped to secure street and parking areas around the hospital.
- The University of Idaho offered space to potentially care for and isolate health care workers or sick patients. Other businesses have made similar offers.
- A team of UI researchers led by Idaho INBRE Associated Director Scott Minnich and INBRE Director Carolyn Hoyde Bohach donated nearly three dozen boxes of PPE from a completed National Institutes of Health (NIH) plague vaccine research project. Minnich said retired UI laboratory technician Claudia Deobald alerted him about Gritman’s needs and a plan was put into action.
- UI President Scott Green and the UI family also donated an incredibly generous gift of critical protective equipment including gloves, masks, face shields, UV disinfection lights, gowns, and other supplies Friday.
The Moscow School District has generously offered daycare services to our frontline health care workers so they can stay in the fight against the virus.
“We just felt we needed to see how we could help our community, and we knew that we needed to have our medical staff be able to work and not at home with their children because we have closed our schools.” MSD Superintendent Greg Bailey said. “We appreciate their work and I know they are preparing for the worst, and we are all hoping it never happens. This is a time that the whole community has to be helping each other.”
“These are just a few examples – the list goes and on,” Gritman Director of Community Relations Peter Mundt said. “We are truly moved and beyond grateful for the wonderful outpouring of support. What a great community we have.” Just as important as the donations and resources are to our team, it is also critical that the public continues to follow social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19 – stay home, stay safe. Thank you for all you are doing, and remember we can’t defeat the coronavirus without your help.