10,000 masks donated to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center this week

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — As chief nurse at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Susan Dees is on the front lines fighting the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s such a fluid situation, Dees said. “How am I going to keep this workforce, these wonderful people who are giving every day, safe? That’s really my biggest question I go to sleep with it on my mind and I wake up with it.”

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One struggle is making sure the staff has enough masks.

Now, Dees said they are good to go thanks to more than 10,000 masks donated to the hospital this week.

“This community has absolutely risen to the challenge,” Dees said.

Manna Church dropped off 7,000 masks Monday.

On Tuesday, the disaster response team with United Methodist Church dropped off 3,000 masks at Cape Fear Medical Center, and another 11,000 to the state.

“I’m the lucky one today to see the smiles and to know what these are going to be doing,” said Al Miller with United Methodist Church.

Donations like this go a long way to protect patients, nurses and their families, Dees said.

“We worry about our patients, we worry about when we get home what are we doing to our families, but it is the best job it really is a great calling,” Dees said.

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