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Join the fight against COVID-19.
The need is real. The time is now.
Your donation will
- Support immediate patient care
- Fund the critical needs of our team members
- Support research for COVID-19 treatments
A message from our foundation
Thank you. Your support for our team has been overwhelming and your commitment to helping your fellow community members is truly heartwarming. While so much of what we are seeing every day is difficult, there are so many examples of good, including donations of food, PPE and masks, as well as generous financial gifts.
But more help is needed, and we are asking for your help. If you are able to make a monetary donation to our relief efforts, thank you. If you are unable to make a financial gift, but would still like to show your support, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share your messages of encouragement and thanks with our care teams.
Thank you again for your invaluable dedication to Riverview Medical Center. If you would like additional information about Hackensack Meridian Health’s COVID-19 response, please visit www.hackensackmeridianheath.org/covid19.
President and Chief Development Officer
Meridian Health Foundation
Riverview Medical Center Foundation
Immediate hospital needs
More than ever. With the global outbreak of novel Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19), our community and our region are facing unprecedented health care needs. New Jersey now has the second largest number of COVID-19 cases in the nation and that number is expected to climb over the weeks to come with increased testing. As those numbers grow, the strain on health care will only increase. On every level, there is need: more staff. More equipment. More patient rooms. More tests. More hours. More than ever.
At this time, our needs total more than $2.5 million to care for our communities. Your support matters and we are more grateful than we can say. Thank you.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
As we continue the fight to contain coronavirus/COVID-19 and end this pandemic, we are working around the clock to ensure our physicians, nurses and clinicians have the necessary equipment, supplies and resources to take care of and protect our patients, team members and the community. Help us obtain the vital supplies and equipment that our teams need to help keep themselves safe. We are relying on them to care for our patients, and they are relying on us to protect them. Ever-increasing equipment needs include N95 Masks/Respirators, Surgical Masks, Goggles, Protective Face Shields and Isolation Gowns.
Mobile CT Scan for the ED
Currently there is no CT Scan in the Emergency Care Center at Riverview Medical Center. Patients in need of a CT are transported down to a different floor in the medical center to have emergent tests performed. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, this situation is less than ideal. A mobile CT in the Emergency Care Center would enable care providers to provide higher quality and more efficient care, while minimizing exposure for other patients.
Satellite Emergency Department Tent
A small tent has been set up next to the Emergency Care Center entrance to help enable a rapid drive-in triage process to isolate and treat potential COVID-19 patients, separating patients with respiratory illness and fever into the medical center’s Emergency Care Center while patients without those symptoms are taken to the satellite registration/triage area.
Tele-Psychiatry Equipment and Staff
Tele-psychiatry is an innovative practice in health care that applies telemedicine to the field of psychiatry. It generally refers to the delivery of psychiatric assessment and care via telecommunications technology, usually videoconferencing. Tele-medicine is a trend occurring throughout the country and has been successfully implemented in the Riverview Medical Center Intensive Care Unit already. Acquiring technology and hiring staff to manage a tele-psychiatry program at the medical center would assist in expediting consults and addressing the increasing needs for psych consults that have occurred because of the isolation and fear present with so many patients who need to come to the medical center for care.
The current pandemic is bringing increasing numbers of patients to our Emergency Care Center. Disinfecting against germs is a constant battle that usually has to be done by hand with powerful chemicals. Last year, Riverview Medical Center purchased a PurpleSun machine which uses ultraviolet light to kill germs in patient rooms. In 90-seconds, all organisms receive enough UV light to kill them off. The UV light also produces improved quality and better coverage because all surfaces are exposed to light and there’s decreased variability in disinfection. Speed and quality provide a significant advantage to our care team as does the ability to utilize a modular unit which can be deployed to various hospital areas and can disinfect parts of an operating room, for example, at the same time that staff is working. To equip our team with the necessary equipment to continue to battle the coronavirus, Riverview Medical Center seeks to purchase another PurpleSun machine.
The coronavirus attacks people’s lungs, in some cases compromising their ability to breathe. Ventilators, which deliver air to the lungs through a tube placed in the windpipe, are a crucial tool to keep these patients alive. These medical devices can be the difference between life and death for those facing the direst respiratory effects of the coronavirus.
Isolation carts go a long way in helping facilities minimize the risk of spreading germs, pathogens and infections between rooms. Isolation carts are stocked and kept in the patient’s room as every time the cart is removed from the room, the risk of contamination increases. Isolation Carts can be configured to store and organize all the supplies required to mitigate the risk of transmitting infection in health care facilities. Smooth panels, work surface and seamless drawers promote simple cleaning for infection control. The purchase of additional isolation carts will support Riverview Medical Center in mitigating the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Additional Clinical Staffing and Equipment
As the number of cases in Monmouth County continues to rise, Riverview Medical Center may need to hire additional clinical personnel for the next eight weeks to support our Emergency Care Center and critical care nursing teams, as well as additional respiratory therapists.
Negative Pressure Room Conversion
Controlling the spread of infectious diseases like the coronavirus is essential to maintaining a safe health care environment. A negative pressure room in a hospital is used to contain airborne contaminants within the room. These rooms are negatively pressurized with respect to adjacent areas to prevent airborne contaminants from drifting to other areas and contaminating patients, staff and sterile equipment. While negative pressure rooms must meet the general requirements for a standard medical-surgical patient room, they also have specific requirements. For instance, negative pressure rooms may only have one patient bed, should be provided with an area for gowning and storage of clean and soiled materials directly outside or inside the entry door, and should be provided with a separate toilet room with a hand-washing sink.
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You – along with your family, friends and neighbors – can help our frontline caregivers in this fight against COVID-19 right from your own home.
Lend a Helping Hand by Giving From the Heart
Thanks to donors like you, the Foundation was able to provide philanthropic support for a number of immediate needs at Riverview Medical Center, including an exciting 29,000 square foot cancer center.
With your support, we have also provided funding for the ongoing education and training of our highly accomplished nursing staff as well as dollars needed to ensure patient transportation to and from lifesaving treatments in our dialysis department.
We are honored to recognize the generosity of the donors whose philanthropic investment in Meridian Health transforms the lives of the patients we serve.
Riverview Medical Center Foundation welcomes contributions that support our mission, regardless of size, from any individual, family, business, corporation, foundation, or similar source. If you’re not sure how you want to give, or what you want to support, the foundation staff is available to meet with you to discuss your areas of interest, the medical center’s vision, and options for giving.
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Riverview Medical Center Foundation: 22-2333524
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Senior Development Officer
Riverview Medical Center Foundation
1 Riverview Plaza
Red Bank, NJ 07701