Published on April 20, 2020

ProHealth Care is still in need of handsewn masks

ProHealth Care continues to accept donations of cloth masks as part of its efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.Hand sewn face mask.

The people of ProHealth Care already have gratefully accepted more than 2,500 masks made by community members. More are needed.

The cloth masks are being made available to patients and to ProHealth employees who are in supportive roles. They help conserve the supply of medical-grade masks for clinical caregivers.

To make cloth masks, please follow the pattern at ProHealthCare.org/MaskPattern. The pattern is for a large mask. A small mask can be made by trimming the fabric before sewing.

Materials needed include: 

  • Two contrasting pieces of prewashed cotton fabric with a high thread count.
  • Pipe cleaner, thin-gauge wire or long twist tie for fitting mask around the nose.
  • Elastic, shoelaces or fabric for ties.
  • Needle, thread, scissors and an iron.

To donate handsewn masks, bundle up to 15 masks together in a clear plastic bag and write the number of masks in marker on the bag. Donations may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at ProHealth Care’s administrative building, just north of I-94 at N17W24100 Riverwood Drive in Pewaukee.

The masks also can dropped in a designated collection bin on Dopp Street near the loading dock behind ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please return later if an emergency, police or supply vehicle is entering the area.

Donated masks will be inspected, laundered and sanitized before use.

ProHealth’s supplies of medical masks and other personal protective equipment are meeting current needs to protect caregivers, but supplies continue to be limited throughout the United States. ProHealth continues to accept donations of N95 respirator face masks, surgical masks with ear loops and hand sanitizer (60% alcohol or more). Items should be new and in unopened containers. 

If you would like to make a large donation, please call 262-696-0464, or send an email to Leslie Kleba, director of purchasing, at leslie.kleba@phci.org.

Many in the community have asked about making monetary gifts. The ProHealth Care Foundation gratefully accepts these donations at ProhealthCare.org/donate.

Visit ProHealthCare.org/COVID-19 for information about the ProHealth coronavirus hotline, hospital visitation policies and other information about the pandemic.

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