COVID-19 Response: How to Help
As the largest health care provider in Arizona and one of the largest health systems in the western U.S., Banner Health is well prepared to respond to the spread of COVID-19. However, as the virus spreads, needs are evolving every day, placing significant new demands on our health care system and our valued workforce. Here’s how you can help.
Feeding Our Frontlines
Support from our community means
the world to the brave heroes who
put themselves in the path of the
virus to keep all of us safe.
If you would like donate meals to feed our hospital workers during this unprecedented time, there are two options:
- Make a charitable donation to the Banner Health Foundation to purchase meals for a certain number of hospital staff. A $500 donation provides 40 meals, a $1,000 donation provides 90 meals, and a $2,500 donation provides 250 meals for our hospital teams. Our staff handles the ordering and coordination of meal delivery.
- To support meals at one of Banner’s Phoenix metro area hospitals, click here (choose Feeding Our Frontlines in the dropdown menu when designating your gift).
- To support meals at one of Banner’s Tucson area hospitals, click here.
Support Banner’s COVID-19 Response Fund
In this rapidly evolving situation, it is critically important that Banner has a ready source of flexible funding to meet escalating healthcare needs. Those needs are changing every day. The COVID-19 Response Fund is supporting a variety of services across Banner related to the outbreak, today and in the future. Donations are tax-deductible. Give now.
Support our staff
The Supporting Our Staff (SOS) Fund helps members of our health care workforce facing financial hardship with expenses such as child care, utility bills, and loss of income due to missed work. Donations are tax-deductible. Give now.
Donate convalescent plasma
Those who have completely recovered from COVID-19 may have immune-boosting antibodies in their blood called convalescent plasma, which could be used to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients. Banner Health is part of a nationwide expanded access program designed to recruit plasma donors and use the valuable blood component as part of the treatment protocol for COVID-19 patients. A single plasma donation can be used for multiple patients. Current eligibility criteria for plasma donation include:
- Prior diagnosis of COVID-19 OR positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies
- Fully recovered and symptom-free for at least 14 days, as determined by a medical provider
- At least age 17 years old and weighing at least 110 pounds
- In good health and feeling well
Recovered COVID-19 patients can register directly with Vitalant or American Red Cross blood donation centers. Former patients who believe they meet the donation criteria also may reach out to a Donation Coordinator for assistance by calling the following:
- Metro Phoenix - (480) 412-6859
- Tucson - (520) 903-8248
- Northern Colorado - (970) 810-2280
Since blood donations have dropped significantly during the outbreak of COVID-19 cases, Banner Health encourages blood donations with Vitalant, the Phoenix region's blood bank operator. Make an appointment on Vitalant’s website.
In Tucson, Banner Health partners with the American Red Cross for blood donations. Schedule your blood donation online at www.RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-Red Cross.
Sponsor a Respite Space
Our hospital team members are experiencing “PPE fatigue,” ongoing discomfort and skin irritation related to the constant wearing of Personal Protective Equipment. To ease the challenge, Banner is creating respite spaces in our hospitals where team members can safely remove their PPE and enjoy a few moments of rest, relaxation and stress reducing activities.
You can sponsor a respite space with your tax-deductible donation, with your family or company recognized within the space. Your gift will keep the respite space stocked with healthy snacks, beverages, comfort items, games, puzzles, and more as our teams continue the fight. Contact Rebecca Simpson to discuss sponsorship options.
We are grateful your support, in ways both large and small, as we lead our communities through this challenge.
Check the Banner Health website regularly for up-to-date community information related to COVID-19. Visit https://www.bannerhealth.com/patients/patient-resources/covid-19.
Share this information
We encourage people to stay home and socially distance, but you can seek out new ways to stay connected with your loved ones and community during this time. Please help spread the work by sharing the “How Can I Help?” links from this page with your networks and social media channels.
Remember to protect yourself and others
Follow these tips:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick and only go out to seek medical care.
- Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth when in public spaces.
- Put distance between yourself and others if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.