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How You Can Help


Please make a gift today to the COVID 19 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND to provide support to our employees as they work tirelessly to provide outstanding medical care to patients and families. These funds will complement Southwest’s efforts, ensuring employees receive necessary support and resources while they work to protect our community. Find out more.

Send our Caregivers a Message

nurses in PPEWords of encouragement will go a long way in supporting our caregivers as they work tirelessly to provide outstanding medical care to the patients and families we serve. Please take a few minutes to send our staff a note of encouragement. Find out how.

Volunteer to Make Face Masks

We are very grateful for the support we have received during the COVID-19 crisis from both individuals and organizations in our community wishing to help our caregivers and patients.

woman sewing a maskFor those who sew and wish to make face masks, below are instructions on making approved fabric masks that will help support our efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients, staff and community. There are many patterns on-line and elsewhere and if you have made masks according to one of those patterns, we will be happy to accept them.

At this time, these fabric masks will not be used as a substitute for the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) used by health care team members caring for COVID-19 positive patients. In accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and expert counsel, the masks will be made available to visitors at our facilities, patients as appropriate to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and non-clinical staff to help in efforts to protect those around us. The use of these cloth masks will help us preserve our PPE for our front line staff.

Material for Masks

For those who do not have fabric, Southwest General is making a limited number of fabric kits available at the Pins and Needles sewing shop at 7300 Pearl Road in Middleburg Heights. We thank JoAnn Fabric for donating the fabric our volunteers for assembling the kits.

Mask Drop-off Location

Completed masks can be dropped off at the Pins and Needles Shop in Middleburg Heights. There is a bin outside the store marked for Southwest General mask donation. Southwest General will launder all masks received, so this step does not need to be done prior to drop off.

Face mask making instructions

Stay Informed

To learn more about the coronavirus and what you can do to help protect yourself and your loved ones from the spread of infection, visit:

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Ohio Department of Health