Community works together to make facemasks for healthcare providers

    Personal Protective Equipment is highly sought after due to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. Community members have been busy working to make facemasks to protect health care workers.

    Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital student intern, Tara White, from East Central College, brought in an assortment of handmade facemasks that several community members have been gracious to put together.  
    Some of the seamstresses making the fashionable face masks include: Tracy Montcalm, Tara’s mother; Tina Sohn, Sullivan School Art teacher; Wanda Starbeck and Lorie Winter of Star Quilting and Amy Jennings.
    The community made facemasks will be used by team members who are not directly involved in direct patient care.  The surgical isolation and N95 Respirator masks are the necessary PPEs for direct patient encounters, which are available in sufficient supplies at the hospital.
    “We thank our community members who are so supportive of our efforts in dealing with this crisis,” remarked Tony Schwarm, MBSH President.  “The outpouring of support is truly humbling and provides the extra energy and encouragement our team needs during these unprecedented times.”

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