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Williamson Medical Center accepting hand-sewn "courtesy" masks for staff

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Posted at 9:54 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 22:54:48-04

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Williamson Medical Center in Franklin is accepting hand-sewn face mask donations.

The hospital says while the health system is prepared at this time with an adequate amount of personal protective equipment or PPE, they are strategically conserving as much PPE as possible for potential future needs.

While hand-sewn "courtesy" masks are not a CDC recommended measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will not be used in designated isolation units, they can possibly prevent exposure to other illnesses which helps to conserve existing PPE - including the official respirator masks.

“The donated masks are a great way for the community to show healthcare workers their support in this difficult time,” says Lori Orme, WMC Chief Nursing Officer. “Our staff is so appreciative and are enjoying the fun and colorful designs.”

Mask donations are accepted at the following drop-off locations:

  • Darrell Waltrip Subaru at 1450 Murfreesboro Road in Franklin: Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Call 615-599-6219 when you arrive and a staff member will meet you outside)
  • Rhea Little's Tire and Auto Repair at 9042 Church Street East in Brentwood: Drop off in labeled collection box
  • John P. Holt Brentwood Library at 8109 Concord Road in Brentwood: Drop off in labeled collection box
  • PetSmart at 8105 Moores Lane Suite 1300 in Brentwood

For sewing instructions and more donation information, please visit williamsonmedicalcenter.org/how-to-donate-hand-sewn-face-masks/.