MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center has received an outpouring of support and donations in recent weeks from community members and local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A generous amount of personal protective equipment and other items for frontline hospital staff have been collected.Long Beach Medical Center Donations

“Our care teams are thankful for our community’s contributions and encouragement during this difficult time,” says Ike Mmeje, chief operating officer,
Long Beach Medical Center. “Donated supplies are being used to keep our staff safe and healthy while they provide extraordinary care to our patients.”

In addition to medical supplies, the community has found other ways to give back such as donating food for employees or blood to support life-saving care of patients.

“Food and toiletry donations emotionally help those on the front lines and is an excellent way to thank them for their tireless efforts,” Ike says. “Recently, an anonymous donor brought an In-N-Out food truck to feed both our day and night shift hospital employees. Donations like these help our staff feel inspired by our community’s support.”

While Long Beach Medical Center collectively fights to flatten the curve, donations are still being accepted, as there still could be a surge in patients.

Accepted donations include new or unused:

  • N-95 and surgical masks
  • Surgical isolation gowns
  • Full face shields equipped with forehead straps
  • Eye shields
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Disinfectant bleach wipes
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Goggles
  • Bouffant surgical caps
  • Surgical shoe covers

Supplies can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Todd Cancer Pavilion located at
2810 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90806. Staff at the donation station will maintain a safe physical distance from donors and will wear gloves and regularly clean their hands.

Monetary donations are also being accepted at this time to help fund medical supplies, personal protective equipment and testing facilities. Food and meal donations for hospital staff can be scheduled by calling
(562) 933-HELP (4357).

With nationwide blood shortages due to the cancellations of blood drives, the Long Beach Medical Center
Blood Donor Center also encourages the community to schedule an appointment to donate blood during the COVID-19 pandemic by calling (562) 933-0808. Blood donors help keep the hospital’s blood supply at an adequate level to help save patient lives.

“We are extremely grateful for our community’s efforts and our selfless donors for their continuous support,” says Ike. “Together we can overcome anything.”

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