Attention seamstresses: WMC needs isolation gowns and other PPE

By Kristy Bleizeffer 4 days ago

Natrona County, we are overwhelmed with your support, and we are humbled to accept your generous offers to help. 

Wyoming Medical Center faces the same shortages in personal protective gear (PPE) as other hospitals across the country in this unprecedented health crisis. We are preparing now for those shortages and making plans to conserve the PPE we have. We know that many individuals and groups have been sewing face masks, isolation gowns, surgical masks and other PPE, and we greatly appreciate all your efforts. 

Our biggest needs right now are isolation gowns to protect staff treating patients with infectious illnesses. Loretta Miller of Mountain View Baptist Church has volunteered to organize community seamstresses and has patterns approved for our purposes. Email her at polar.ice2712@yahoo.com to join the group. (Please, if you are part of a larger group or club, please pick one person to coordinate with Loretta.)

Or, use the following guidelines for isolation gowns.

  • Please use medium to thick soft cotton, preferably Pima or KONA cotton.
  • Click here to download step-by-step instructions.
  • Physical patterns are large, but can be picked up at the Kalico Kat Quilt Shop, 1239 S. Elk St. beginning Friday, March 27. 
  • Each gown requires about 2 yards of fabric. To donate fabric to this cause, please email Loretta at polar.ice2712@yahoo.com.

We are also accepting donations of the items outlined below.

CLOTH MASKS

SURGICAL MASKS

UNIVERSAL CAP

All cloth donations will be laundered according to hospital protocol before use.

Drop-off options

  • At Wyoming Medical Center: Please enter through the West Parking Garage and drop them in the donation bins in the Sky Lobby. Hours for donation are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
  • At Mills Police Department: The Natrona County Emergency Operations Center has set up a donation center of personal protective equipment to be redistributed to agencies throughout the community, including Wyoming Medical Center. The donation center is located at 4800 W. Yellowstone from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. We will be working with the EOC to help other agencies with their needs as well.

We will continue to monitor our personal protective equipment stock and needs and may revise our requests in the future. Thank you very much for your time, your effort and your expertise, and we are so proud to be part of this community!