Friday, July 24, 2020
By Richie Splitt, President and CEO of Norman Regional
I had the honor of delivering COVID-19 Caring Like a Champion game balls to organizations that helped our team through the “must win” COVID pandemic. We wanted to thank each of them for their support and recognize them as part of our team of more than 3,500 healers. COVID-19 Caring Like a Champion game balls were presented to the following MVPs:
Flintco has been a respected business partner and ally for Norman Regional for several years. And in times of crisis, Flincto rallied to show their support for our team. Flintco donated $10,000 to the Norman Regional COVID-19 relief fund. This donation was used to both purchase needed PPE and also feed our healers as they worked to take care of patients.
Frontline Church members donated meals twice a week for six weeks. This included some outstanding barbecue that feed multiple units and departments. Frontline Church also took their support a step further and provided a link on their website to our Norman Regional COVID relief fund.
Hitachi’s generous donation included:
- 6,000 surgical masks for our staff
- $9,000 to our COVID relief fund
The team at Lowe’s was incredibly helpful and responsive. They offered items we didn’t even think to ask for – but proved to be incredibly useful.
Their donation included:
- Parts to make halos so we could safely transport COVID patients and protect our healers
- Tables and chairs and pop-up tents for our temporary tents which stood in place outside of our emergency entrances
- 5 cases of germicide bleach
- A refrigerator
- Hundreds of bottles of Gatorade
- Two paint sprayers which were used to clean our EMSSTAT ambulances and other neighboring systems ambulances. Our medics had the creative idea to fill the paint sprayer with a virus-killing liquid and used the paint sprayers to apply that safely after each patient – including patients suspected of having COVID
Moore was one of the first school districts to respond with help and much needed supplies. One of our first donors was principal Amy Simpson from Southlake who delivered disinfecting products from that school. Dr. Robert Romines, Michelle McNear and the remaining MPS team loaded up and delivered two van loads of these donations to Norman Regional. These donations included:
- 6,500 ounces of hand sanitizer
- 900 canisters of Clorox bleach wipes
- 10 cans of Lysol spray
- 5,000 nitrile gloves
Norman Regional and the City of Norman have been a great team for more than 70 years. Just one of the many ways the City helped our team was to host Facebook Live videos answering important questions from the community with local experts – our physicians and healthcare providers. Mayor Breea Clark has hosted more than 14 Live videos.
The Norman Chamber of Commerce was vital in getting Norman Regional Health System much-needed personal protective equipment or PPE. The chamber not only promoted our needs, they helped arrange a drop-off location at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds so more people could easily donate.
This drop-off location also helped the Norman Regional Health Foundation team manage day-to-day donations and work flow so they could swiftly respond to the pandemic. We are grateful for the invitation to the Foundation and health system to join via Facebook live and share the system’s needs and the latest news.
Norman Public Schools and the Health System have been partners for many years, and when we needed a helping hand during this global health crisis – they came through in numerous ways.
- 29,000 ounces of hand sanitizer
- 800 canisters of Clorox bleach wipes
- 19 cans of Lysol spray
- More than 3,000 surgical masks
- 335 N95 masks
- 650 pairs of eye goggles
KYIS 98.9 FM donated air time and worked with Norman Regional to produce a five-day a week, Lunch with the Doctor program. This educational program informed listeners with accurate and timely information about the COVID pandemic. It featured Norman Regional’s own team of physicians and healthcare providers who shared the local perspective on this global crisis.
Timbercreek Church members donated 150 face shields and 1,920 KN95 masks to our frontline healers. This donation allowed our team to safely treat patients with needed PPE at a time when hospitals across the nation were facing shortages of these safety products. Timbercreek Church also donated $3,000, which will be used purchase Angel Eyes cameras for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU. Angel Eyes is a secure, video and audio system that allows family and friends the ability to interact with hospitalized newborns.