We are deeply touched by the outpouring of compassion and care from members of the community who want to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the creativity and ingenuity of our supply chain team, our access to government stockpiles and our work to conserve, we have the masks, face shields and other supplies we need to protect our employees and our patients. However, there are ways our community can help Floyd and our amazing caregivers:
- Make a donation to Floyd Healthcare Foundation’s COVID-19 Essential Needs fund. Gifts will help Floyd Health System defray unexpected costs associated with this pandemic.
- Give blood through Blood Assurance. Social distancing has resulted in a significant decrease in blood donations.
- Help Cancer Navigators. You can donate funds, or you can donate items needed for cancer patients such as nutritional supplement drinks like Ensure, gas cards and grocery cards for patients traveling to receive treatment.
In addition, Floyd’s Pastoral Services department and Employee Health team have identified opportunities for community members to help our employees in these unusual times:
- The best response is always a personal one. If you know a health care employee, check on them and ask what they need. All health care workers, not just the nurses and doctors, is impacted and dealing with extra demands.
- Send an encouraging note, card or email.
- Individually wrapped snacks can be dropped off with our Wellness program leader, Cindy Vice. You can reach her at 706.509.5752.
- Provide a meal to a department or to a health care family. Many of our employees are working long hours. If you plan to provide a meal for a department, contact one of the food service coordinators below. Please note, departmental meals must come from a certified food provider (restaurant, deli, caterer, etc.) and be coordinated in advance.
- Floyd Medical Center – Cindy Vice, 706.509.5752
- Polk Medical Center – Jeanna Smith, 706.749.4203
- Cherokee Medical Center – Christa McDaniel, 256.927.1301
- Offer childcare. Ask a health care worker if you can care for their children while they work.