How can I help St. Francis?
Author: Dayna Stroik
April 22, 2020
Thank you for your interest in helping St. Francis Regional Medical Center and our staff during this time. St. Francis is calling on community members and businesses for donations of various items to help meet ongoing health care needs and conserve existing personal protective equipment (PPE) for providers who are engaged in the coronavirus response. We’re also calling on our community members to help slow the spread of COVID-19, show their support to our staff with notes and social media, contribute to the Caring for Caregivers fund and donate blood for the metro area blood banks, among other things.
See below for more details on how you can help!
We're calling for community donations of factory-made N95 and ear loop face masks, as well as hand sewn ear loop face masks.
• isolation gowns
• Nitrile exam gloves
• PAPR and CAPR
• PAPR hood/shroud
• safety glasses/goggles
• face shields, including those made with 3D printers
o must be 10 inches long to cover mask/respirator
o front is clear plastic and fastens in the back, ideally with elastic
• shoe covers
• commercial disinfectants including Quat-based sanitizers, bleach and hydrogen peroxide-based disinfectants and unopened disinfectant wipes
All supplies can be safely donated Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Emergency Department entrance. Items can be placed in the blue bins. To arrange donations on a pallet, please email CaringForCaregivers@allina.com and someone from Allina Health will connect with you for next steps.
2. Caring for Caregivers
As we face the coronavirus pandemic, the role of our front line caregivers and all those who make our essential services possible has never been more crucial.
Another way to support our staff is via donations to the Caring for Caregivers fund, which financially supports caregivers and hospital staff who experience hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds raised stay with the caregivers specifically at St. Francis!
Consider donating today and help ensure that dedicated St. Francis caregivers have the support they need during this crisis so they can focus on what they do best: caring for our communities.
3. Facebook Frame
Show your support for our staff on social media! Use our social frame on your Facebook profile photo. Visit facebook.com/profilepicframes and search STFstrong.
4. Donate Blood
The American Red Cross is facing a potential blood shortage due to COVID-19 concerns. They have issued an urgent call for blood and platelet donors. If you’re healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets, we encourage you to make an appointment to donate by:
- • visiting redcrossblood.org
- • calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
- • using the Red Cross Blood Donor app: redcrossblood.org/blood-donor-app.html
5. Notes and Art
We welcome notes of gratitude and encouragement for our staff from all ages! This simple gesture brightens their day, and shows them that the community is rallying behind them. You can mail art and letters to our campus at:
St. Francis Regional Medical Center
1455 St. Francis Ave.
Shakopee, MN 55379
Your message or artwork will be shared with all of our staff, and may be shared on our social channels!
6. Donate Food
We strongly encourage donations to your local food shelf. With local food drives cancelled and an increase in people needing food support, food shelves are feeling the pressure to serve more people with less. A donation of food to your local food shelf could feed your neighbors, families and children when they need it most. Find a place to donate food at hungersolutions.org.
We are unable to accept homemade food or beverage donations at this time. All food or beverage donations must be provided by professional teams certified in handling food commercially (restaurants/cafes) or be store bought.
Food service businesses
Please review the guidelines below. Companies that can meet these guidelines should complete the food donation form below to coordinate with our staff for approval and delivery.
• All food must be wrapped for individual consumption. We cannot accept food in packaging that must be shared.
• Food must be prepared by professional teams certified in handling food commercially. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept meals from individuals who do not meet this criteria.
• Donations should accommodate 50 or more people.
• Deliveries must be scheduled in advance to ensure it is received and delivered appropriately.
• All deliveries must be delivered by the donor or designee to the Allina Health facility. We are not able to pick up donations.
• To protect the health of everyone involved, St. Francis has implemented a no visitors policies inside our healthcare facilities at this time.
Please fill out the food donation form, if you are interested in donating food to Allina Health staff members.
7. Be a role model!
We all have a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community! By making healthy choices we each can help break the chain of transmission.
Practice social distancing
Limit time spent in locations that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person. Limit non-essential interaction with others, and non-essential trips to busy places.
Practice good hygiene habits
Wash your hands with soap and water, stay home when you're sick, cover your cough and don't touch your face!
If you are concerned you have symptoms of COVID-19 use a FREE on line screening tool: This will help determine what level of care you may need and minimize exposure to other patients and caregivers.
To learn more about how you can help minimize the impact of the coronavirus, visit:
But, if you need emergency care, our Level 3 Trauma Center remains open 24/7 and will safely serve members of our community during their most vulnerable times - medical emergencies. In an emergency, please don't hesitate to visit our Emergency Department or call 911.
Thank you for your generosity and desire to help our community's caregivers in so many ways!!