Bayhealth staff enjoying coffee, a donation from community members.

Shopping to Bring Comfort to Patients and Staff at Bayhealth

Friday, March 26, 2021 | Bayhealth Foundation, Volunteers
Bayhealth believes in caring for the community and offering patients an exceptional experience when in our care. Oftentimes, patients are admitted to our hospitals without comfort items that may make their stay more relaxed. AmazonSmile’s Charity List is helping to bridge the gap.  
“Patients are often admitted, only to realize they forgot items such as reading glasses or chargers at home that would make their stay more comfortable,” said Volunteer Services Manager Carrie Hart. “We also have community members that want to donate items for our patients, but don’t necessarily know what to give. Now, community members can both donate items to our patients and staff using the AmazonSmile Charity List where they can buy pre-selected items.” 
Bayhealth staff and physicians helped to create the list of needed items based on direct feedback from patients. “The wish list is fluid, so it can be adapted quickly based on needs,” said Hart. Items such as phone chargers, lotion, puzzle books, and reading glasses are already on the list. 
In addition to a wish list for patients, Bayhealth created one for staff. It includes items that add a special touch to their day – things like snack bars, beverages and pretzels. “Our community is so generous. We get asked all of the time what can be given to our team members in recognition for all they do,” said Hart.  
The Bayhealth Foundation has participated in AmazonSmile for a few years – a program where Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the charitable organization of the shopper’s choice. “We are connecting our AmazonSmile account with the AmazonSmile Charity List to make an even bigger impact,” said Bayhealth Foundation President Lindsay Rhodenbaugh. “When someone purchases an item from our Charity List a portion of the purchases will also benefit us and go back into funding patient care service’s needs.” 
Visit to start shopping to bring comfort to Bayhealth patients and staff. All purchases are considered in-kind donations and may be tax deductible.    

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