BEREA, Ohio — The Rotary Club of Berea has donated 1,500 isolation gowns to Southwest General Health Center.
Funds for the gowns were provided by a Rotary International Emergency Disaster Grant and were distributed through Rotary District 6630, which covers 51 clubs in Northeast Ohio.
The grants are part of Rotary’s worldwide response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the recent surge in cases.
Pat Neal, distribution manager at Southwest, said the level 2 gowns will be used in isolation units. She explained that level 1 gowns are for general use and level 3 are for surgical use. Gowns are rated on the amount of liquid that can penetrate the material, she said.
Reidy Medical Supply delivered the cartons of gowns, with members of Berea Rotary on hand to make the presentation official. The club had worked with Karen Green, the hospital’s director of materials management, to facilitate ordering the equipment and delivering it.
Neal and Caroline Fienga of Southwest’s marketing department thanked Rotary for the donation.
“These are very much needed and we are so grateful,” Neal said.
Rotary clubs in Northeast Ohio also donated isolation gowns to University Hospitals Bedford, University Hospitals Geauga, Ashtabula Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, Akron Children’s Hospital and Western Reserve Hospital.
Earlier this year, Berea Rotary also donated a $30,000 mobile disinfection unit, the Moonbeam 3, to the Berea Fire Department.
The unit, which is manufactured in Middleburg Heights by Daylight Medical, sanitizes fire department vehicles and living quarters in a matter of minutes.