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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 Raritan Bay 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
|Andrew Citron, M.D.
Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation
Immediate hospital needs
More than ever, Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center’s mission to take care of our families, friends and neighbors has an urgency that is a call to action for everyone who has ever been touched by our hospitals.
At this time, our needs total more than $2 million to care for our communities. Your support matters and we are more grateful than we can say. Thank you.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our staff
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.
The current pandemic is bringing increasing numbers of patients to our Emergency Department. Disinfecting against germs is a constant battle that is usually done by hand with powerful chemicals. Recently, Raritan Bay 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. 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, while staff is working in the same room.
To equip our team with the necessary equipment to continue to battle the coronavirus, Raritan Bay Medical Center seeks to purchase two additional PurpleSun machines.
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.
Mobile CT Scan for the ED
Currently there is no CT Scan in the Emergency Departments at Raritan Bay 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 ED would enable care providers to provide higher quality and more efficient care, while minimizing exposure for other patients.
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 Raritan Bay Medical Center Intensive Care Unit (ICU) already. Acquiring technology and hiring staff to manage a tele-psychiatry program at Raritan Bay Medical Center would assist in expediting consults and address the increasing needs for psych consults that have occurred because of the isolation and fear present with so many patients.
Support for Isolated Patients
Raritan Bay Medical Center is seeking additional iPads for isolated patients at the medical center who are no longer allowed to receive visitors due to the COVID-19 crisis. Purchasing an additional 130 iPads, cases and stands would provide connectivity and comfort to the inpatients at the medical center.
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 Raritan Bay Medical Center in mitigating the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Additional Clinical Staffing and Equipment
As the number of cases in Middlesex and Monmouth counties continues to rise, Raritan Bay Medical Center will need to hire additional clinical personnel for the next eight weeks to support our ED and critical care nursing teams, as well as additional respiratory therapists.
Negative Pressure Unit 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 that have associated costs.
Start a Virtual Fundraiser
You – along with your family, friends and neighbors – can help our frontline caregivers in this fight against COVID-19 right from your own home.
The Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation mission is to raise funds in support of Raritan Bay Medical Center by working closely with community groups, the business sector and individuals.
Raritan Bay Medical Center is committed to providing quality healthcare regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. You can help us help others by making a contribution to Raritan Bay Medical Center. Your gift will also help us enhance our services, programs and facilities to better care for our community.
Thank you in advance for your gift.
Make Your Gift Today
Tax-deductible gifts can be made in the form of cash, check, credit card, securities and real estate. You may also remember Raritan Bay Medical Center in your will and through life insurance, among other gift options.
Want to Volunteer?
Volunteers provide support throughout the hospital and give thousands of hours each year to enhance the care of patients and their families. For more information or to volunteer, call 732-324-5006.
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