Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center

BERN TWP., Pa. - Anyone looking to help one of Berks County's two acute care hospitals better deal with the coronavirus crisis can do so starting Thursday.

Penn State Health said its three locations, including St. Joseph Medical Center in Bern Township, will be accepting donations of key supplies weekdays from 8 a.m. until noon.

"While Penn State Health currently has what we need to protect our health care workers and care for our patients," said Steve Massini, Penn State Health's CEO, "events are changing rapidly and we know we could experience shortage issues in the future."

The health network said it will accept the following supplies in new or unused condition (items in sealed boxes are preferred):

Disposable latex-free medical exam gloves

  • PPE masks: Ear loop or tie; surgical or medical
  • PPE masks: N95 respirators
  • Commercially-made disposable disinfecting wipes - germicidal with bleach
  • Commercially-made disinfecting wipes > 70% alcohol
  • Commercially-made hand sanitizer and hand soap

The health network said it is not in need of medications, food, blankets, medical equipment or other supplies.

The drop-off site is located at the Penn State Health St. Joseph Foundation office (building with blue front) at 1036 MacArthur Road (Route 183) in Bern Township.

Donors will not need to get out of their cars, and staff will maintain a safe distance, officials said.

Donors will be asked to provide basic contact information and may request a receipt for their records.

"As we face an unprecedented and challenging time, not just in our community but across the world, I have been encouraged by the kindness, generosity and collaboration that demonstrate our shared commitment to putting the needs of others ahead of our own," Massini said.

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