Yamhill County COVID-19

This is Alan Baker with YamhilCountyLive.com , I have made this page to be able to easily send people to find out updates and local places to find out about how to donate, who to talk to, and local links to various Great resources we have thru out Yamhill County. Please be safe and follow the Govenor's "Stay at home" order. Only go out as minimally needed. Thank you and together we will get thru this the BEST we can. Alan Baker  Alan@YamhillCountyLive.com 

This is a post Copied and pasted here with permission from Kyla Morell and  WVMC...

For those in the McMinnville area and Willamette Valley Medical Center who are interested in helping our caregivers...

Donation Drop Off Locations - Supplies we can use, and where to donate.

Currently, PPE is running low around Oregon Region as we continue to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. We’re grateful for all the generous community members who have asked about making donations.

Supplies: See below for supplies we need and drop-off locations.
• Face shields – new, medical type (Not Home Depot / welder / grinder type masks)

• Gloves in sealed boxes
• Gowns in sealed bags
• Masks: New, in original packaging. (we are continue to work on a pattern for making masks as well. If you have made masks we will accept them but we will need to figure out a process for using and cleaning them)

• Hand sanitizer
• Medical swabs – sealed/sterile (not Q-Tips)

Drop-offs should be made between 8 a.m., and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, when there is a team member from WVMC to accept it. This will help make sure no donations are dropped off and abandoned in the parking lot.
Call ahead to 503-472-6131 and then leave things by our front entrance. Please do not come into the hospital.

Dear WVMC Community Members,

An update and a letter of thanks.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of planning, preparing, and trying not to panic or overreact, while also getting everyone on the same page. As an entire team, we have been working diligently to prepare for the worst while we hope for the best. While there may be one or two faces at the front of this preparation, there are actually many people who have helped in this endeavor that I want to personally thank.

Our infection control specialist, who started helping us monitor this situation back at the end of January, when we were planning for maybe one patient to come through our Emergency Department after traveling. Since then, she has been instrumental in helping plan many actions to continue to help keep the staff and patients as safe as possible, like ensuring staff have masks and eye protection.

Our plant operations team created ante rooms and isolation rooms in the course of just a day. They helped get our first tent set up and ultimately the big one we have now. The tent has heat and power thanks to our operations crew. A special thank you to Stoller Family Estate for the use of their tent. The tent will be used if we need to treat a large influx of patients. We can see patients and quickly send them home if they don’t need to be hospitalized.

Our housekeeping team, who are often unsung and unrecognized heroes when it comes to infection control. They have been great partners in this process and have been so willing to just say yes to helping with whatever needs to be done. The team is cleaning high touch surfaces every two hours.

Our disaster specialist has been coordinating many aspects of patient care and advocating for staff needs. Her goal is to help staff see how they can care for as many patients as possible should the need arise.

Our materials manager has been working non-stop to help us conserve the PPE that we do have. He is making calls to LifePoint Health and other agencies daily to make sure we are at the top of the list to receive emergency supplies.

The care team, including respiratory therapists, lab staff, radiology, CNA’s, techs, nurses, and providers who are doing a job that many in today’s world would be afraid to do. They come to work every day and take care of those who are sick in this period of uncertainty. We know many of them are scared or worried, and yet they still come. There has not been a health threat like this in our lifetime, but they are still figuring out how to stay safe and care for patients. We need them, so please take a minute to send them an email or a thank you. They are all true heroes.

The entire admitting staff and front-facing crew work diligently to try to reassure the community as we work to focus all of our attention on caring for patients affected by the virus. They join housekeeping in cleaning surfaces multiple times a day and are helping to screen staff and others entering the hospital through the lobby.

Here are a few more things to know:

• We are monitoring the situation at the government level daily, listening to calls and watching for next steps.
• We are working with the Yamhill County Public Health to see if there ways that they can help us and we can help them.
• Our physician adviser has partnered with many clinics, care homes and nursing homes in our community
• We have discussed safety and security with McMinnville Police Department.

There are so many more people to thank. For all those I left out please know it is not intentional. This situation takes our whole team and they are all important.

As we face this situation head on, I cannot express enough how proud I am of the entire hospital staff. They have worked tirelessly over the past weeks to prepare for this health threat. As a community, please take care of and watch out for each other. Give each other grace and compassion because we are all worried on multiple levels.

Finally, please continue to stay safe by staying home and grocery shopping once a week in normal amounts to let the supply chain balance out. If you are delivering items to others, think of leaving those on doorsteps. Also, try to keep 6 feet of space between you and the next person while in public.

We are proud to serve our community!

Mark Nichols, Chief Executive Officer
Kirsten Ferren, Chief Nursing Officer
Joshua Miller, Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Clark, Director of Human Resources
Aurora Ronning, Director of Physician Services

Providence Newberg Medical Center:

Supplies we can use, where to donate: Currently, personal protective equipment (PPE) is running low in Oregon as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re grateful to our community for us asking about making donations. There are several ways you can support our efforts:
- Donate to our Providence Foundation by choosing "Area of Greatest Need" at http://provhealth.org/61821QKWG

- Donate needed supplies: Face shields – new, medical type, gloves in sealed boxes, gowns in sealed bags, hand sanitizer, medical swabs – sealed/sterile

- Drop-off locations start, Monday March 23:
(Accepting donations 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, when a Providence team member can be available to accept.)

Providence Newberg Medical Center, inside main entrance
1001 Providence Drive, Newberg