Michigan Hospitals Short On Critical Supplies Amid Pandemic

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) Hospitals in metro Detroit and across the state are short on critical equipment and supplies, and they're reaching out for help to get what's needed. 

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin today called on residents of the 8th District — which includes Northern Oakland County, stretchung to East Lansing  — to step up to fill a gap in federal action and donate gloves, masks, gowns and other protective equipment and supplies to hospitals coping with COVID-19, as she continued to advocate for use of the Defense Production Act to speed supplies to front-line health care providers.“We’ve been getting hundreds and hundreds of calls from our health care workers, from our first responders, about the shortages of personal protective equipment,” Slotkin said. “Michigan has received its initial allocation of supplies from the national strategic stockpile and we are unlikely to receive more soon. Gov. Whitmer has organized a team that is scouring the globe for available supplies, but that will take time. And it falls to our community to fill that gap. In a time of crisis, I know the people of the 8th District will do whatever they can for our first-responders and front-line health care workers.”

Here's what is needed; first in Slotkin's district. Now that this is not an exhaustive list, and a hospital near you is likely in need, too. So reach out to any medical facility for informatin on what and where you can donate. 


  • Disposable face masks
  • N95 masks, including 3D printed
  • Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles
  • Disposable gowns
  • Disposable non-latex gloves
  • Surgical caps
  • Disposable foot covers
  • Bleach
  • Bleach or anti-microbial sanitizing wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • PAPRs (Power air purifying respirators) and PAPR hoods
  • Nasal flock swabs
  • Ventilator parts, including ventilator heaters, probes, wires, and disposable adapters
  • Fisher & Payal MR850 wires and heaters
  • Hand-sewn reusable masks

How to donate: Starting Tuesday, Mach 24, Sparrow will accept needed supplies at the north entrance of Eastern High School, 220 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing.ST. JOSEPH MERCY LIVINGSTON HOSPITAL, HOWELLNeeded Items:

  • Face shields and goggles
  • Masks
  • Surgical caps/protective caps
  • Testing swabs
  • M4 viral media
  • Gowns
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot glue sticks and transparency sheets

How to donate: Drop off supplies at the hospital's  main entrance.



Effective immediately, Beaumont will accept donations of items listed below at the Beaumont Service Center, 26901 Beaumont Blvd, in Southfield. This is the only location where Beaumont will accept COVID-19 donations.

Donation bins will be located outside the Beaumont Service Center main entrance through Saturday, March 28. Community members will be able to drive up and place needed supplies and materials in the bins from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Most-needed Protective Equipmnent:

  • new or unused disposable face masks
  • N-95 masks (sometimes called respirators)
  • eye protection including face shields and safety goggles
  • disposable gowns
  • disposable gloves (especially non-latex)
  • disposable surgical caps
  • disposable foot covers
  • wipes: bleach or anti-microbial
  • hand-sanitizer
  • Specialized items, such as:
  • PAPRs (powered air purifying respirators) and PAPR hoods
  • nasal testing swabs
  • viral testing kits
  • Items Beaumont will not accept at this time:
  • home-sewn reusable masks or 3-D printed ventilator parts
  • medications, food, blankets, medical equipment, or other supplies 

Donors who are not feeling well should wait until they are well before donating supplies or equipment. MORE INFO HERE



Henry Ford Health System has identified two drop-off locations for businesses and organizations looking to donate new and unused medical supplies.

These are shipping and receiving docks at:

  •  Henry Ford’s corporate offices, located at One Place Drive, between Second and Third streets, 3 ½ blocks south of West Grand Boulevard in Detroit.
  •  Henry Ford Allegiance Health, 205 N. East Avenue, Jackson

New and unused supplies accepted:

  • Disposable face masks
  • N95 masks, sometimes called respirators
  • Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles
  • Disposable gowns
  • Disposable gloves, especially non-latex
  • Disposable surgical caps
  • Disposable foot covers
  • Wipes: bleach or antimicrobial
  • Hand sanitizer

Items NOT being accepted:

  • Homemade sewed masks
  • 3D ventilator parts
  • Medications, food and blankets
  • Medical equipment

Donations are being accepted from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sundays, beginning March 22, and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. MORE INFO HERE.

---------------------------------------ASCENSION PROVIDENCE ROCHESTER HOSPITAL

The hospital is in need of supplies and is working to arrange details of how residents can donate.