COVID-19 Response Fund

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Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation has created the COVID-19 Response Fund to provide philanthropic financial assistance to help support critical medical resources that our caregivers and the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease need to fight this frightening and ever-changing coronavirus emergency. For more information on how you can make a difference through a gift in support of the COVID-19 Response Fund, please contact Ernestine Morgan, President and CEO of the Foundation, at (727) 461-8644 or Ernestine.Morgan@BayCare.org

For the latest information on COVID-19 through the BayCare Health System, including an online screening tool, please click here.

To learn more about the specific needs outlined in the COVID-19 Response Fund, please click the arrows below to expand the description.

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Tru-D SmartUV Disinfection Technology

Tru-D is a portable UV disinfection system that delivers an automated, measured dose of UVC light to help kill deadly pathogens and common health care-associated infection culprits throughout a room during a single cycle. Compensating for size, shape, geometry and contents, Tru-D takes the appropriate time necessary to disinfect every room, eliminating human error. Tru-D is the only “smart” UV disinfection robot with patented Sensor360® technology. By measuring the reflected UVC energy that bounces back to the robot, Tru-D can provide the precise, lethal dose of UVC needed for thorough room disinfection, assuring users that a room has been properly disinfected.



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UV (Ultraviolet) Ovens - DONOR FUNDED!

Thank you to the Rawson Family Foundation for funding 16 new UV Ovens for the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease, which will help minimize waste by disinfecting essential medical supplies needed for the care of our patients. Examples of these items include MDI (metered-dose inhaler) canisters, face shields, goggles and other general supplies, such as cell phones and pens. This UV box safely delivers 287 times the UV dosage to kill COVID-19 in less than a minute. As supplies remain a top priority, allowing clinicians to disinfect and re-use designated items will greatly help ensure appropriate products will continue to be available for use. These UV Ovens will initially reside in our Emergency Departments, COVID-19 cohorts and Critical Care Units.

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Pediatric Toy Drive for Mease Countryside Hospital

While much of our community is adhering to the current “stay at home” orders, Mease Countryside Hospital is experiencing an increase in children needing to be treated at the hospital. While the hospital’s Child Life team specializes in meeting the psychosocial, emotional, developmental and recreational needs of patients, they desperately need new toys, games and activities for these kids. Due to an abundance of caution to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease, the hospital’s toys and games are being donated and sent home with the families once discharged, rather than trying to disinfect them. This has caused an extreme shortage of items available for the kids admitted to the hospital. You can make a huge difference by following the Amazon wish list link below and purchasing an item for our pediatric patients. The item(s) you purchase will be delivered directly to Mease Countryside Hospital and be distributed to their pediatric population immediately. Please note, when checking out using the Amazon link below, please select “Mease Countryside Hospital Pediatrics Toy Drive” as your shipping address. Thank you! 

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Universal Face Masks and other PPE

While we are adequately stocked on masks and other PPE for the time being, philanthropy can help purchase more masks immediately and get them in the hands of our caregivers to safely treat patients.

Panoramic view of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in West Pasco County, Florida
Family Care Fund

With many team members facing unanticipated and unusual financial uncertainty these days, assistance to Morton Plant Mease team members is available through the Family Care Fund. Examples of how your support to the Family Care Fund helps our team members include mortgage and rent, utilities, food, car payments and prescriptions. Financial assistance is not granted directly to the team member, but rather paid in the form of food gift certificates, or payment directly to the payee (electric company, Mortgage Company, etc.). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate the demand to be much higher than expected and emergency funds are needed to support our team members facing financial hardship.

TRANSFORMING HEALTH CARE THROUGH PHILANTHROPY

For over 40 years, Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation has provided philanthropic support to the not-for-profit hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care, including Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey. The close connection between the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease and their neighbors reveal a unique spirit of giving – a relationship characterized by people caring for the hospitals that care for them.

Donor information is kept strictly confidential. We will not share or sell a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations without written consent from the donor.

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