Attention seamstresses: WMC needs isolation gowns and other PPE

By Kristy Bleizeffer Mar 26, 2020

Commercial PPE

Wyoming Medical Center is looking for goggles, face shields, gloves, masks and protective gowns to protect our physicians, nurses and caregivers. If you or your businesses have any to spare, we have donation bins set up in our West Tower Lobby, accessible from the West Parking Garage, open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. You can also email info@wyomingmedicalcenter.org to arrange delivery of larger donations.

We’re also asking our friends in industry for hooded powered air purifying respirators that they’d be willing to loan us. 

Our specifications for handmade cloth personal protective gear (PPE) is outlined below. Thank you to everyone who is helping in this effort!

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.)

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

You can also make the needed items at home using the following guidelines and patterns. 

Isolation GOWNs

  • Please use medium to thick soft cotton, preferably 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, or make a donation to the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation to help purchase material by clicking the button below.

CLOTH MASKS

SURGICAL MASKS

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!