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Tallahassee Memorial Needs Homemade Masks For Hospital Staff

Three hospital staffers pose in their homemade masks in front a cart holding many more masks.
Stephanie Derzypolski, TMH VP/Chief Communications Officer

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare (TMH) is putting out a call for homemade cloth face masks.

The masks will be given to medical personnel who are not working directly with patients.

“The front line staff who are working with COVID or what we call ‘rule out patients’ absolutely have the N95 (masks) that they need to protect them," says TMH’s Stephanie Derzypolski. "Other clinical staff have a surgical mask or we have a surgical wrap mask that are being made for these staff.”

Derzypolski says they’ve received about 400 homemade masks so far, and they want to collect at least 2,000. 

The hand-sewn masks should be made of tight knit cotton. The TMH infection control team has come up with a preferred method of making the masks, which can be found here

Donations can be dropped off or shipped to:

• TMH Marketing & Communications – 1308 Hodges Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308

• TMH Foundation – 1331 East 6th Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32303

By the way, Derzypolski says the hospital hasn’t yet received any of the million N95 masks being sent to Florida by the federal government