SSM Health in Southern Illinois establishes a guide for community donations

April 1, 2020

Due to the number of inquiries they have received, SSM Health in Southern Illinois has established a quick guide as to how you can best help them, help you, and the community.

  1. If you wish to help with the COVID-19 response, please consider donating to the SSM Health Good Samaritan and St. Mary’s Foundations. Donations will be directed to the areas of greatest need as this healthcare situation unfolds. By having this flexibility, they will be better able to serve the community and your healthcare needs during this time. Please visit the following links to make a gift online: or
    For more information on ways that you can give generously, please contact Shawna Bullard, Regional Director of Fund Development, at 618-899-2511.
  2. If you have PPE (personal protective equipment) to donate, such as N95 masks, surgical masks and isolation gowns, please contact SSM Health at 618-899-2512. They are in need of PPE, as health care professionals face a national shortage. This is the best way for them to protect their patients, their employees, and the community.
  3. While SSM Health has not reached the point of asking the community to partner with them by sewing masks, they say they may arrive at that point in the future. At that time, they will communicate a common pattern that will be the most effective. If you would like to be added to their communication list for handmade masks, please contact them at 618-899-2512.
    Finally, SSM Health says they cannot begin to express their gratitude to the individuals and businesses who have already been pouring into the SSM healthcare teams: Rend Lake College, Kaskaskia College, Mt. Vernon Township High School, Centralia High School, Men in White Painting, Tri-County Electric Co-Op, Menards, Shores Builders, PPG-Vanex, Dr. Ronat, the Wishau Family, Marion County Health Department, Bayer, Illinois Baptist SA Disaster Relief, Salem High School, St. Mary’s Catholic School of Mt. Vernon, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centralia, and numerous community partners and citizens.