Hollywood Helps Hospitals
Hollywood Helps Hospitals connects film & TV resources with hospitals in need.
About the Project
In reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hollywood production shut down, leaving Film & TV professionals (& their equipment) idle. Some of these resources can help fill the urgent needs of local hospitals struggling to respond to this fast-moving health crisis.
Hospitals & Testing Facilities: Tell us what you need!
Film & TV Equipment Vendors: Tell us what you have!
Production People: Volunteer to Help!
We've been up and running for a month now, working day and night, connecting resources. Our website is being built. Once it's up we can scale up our efforts. We continue to have more work than our volunteers can do! We've:
-Found community organizer nurses who report front-line needs
-Connected "maker" partners: FX houses making 3-D prints with costumers sewing masks, for example.
-Located medically approved patterns so makers are creating PPE hospitals want
-Partnered with an umbrella group, OSCMS for leadership guidance & networking help
-Connected with local unions to see how we can help
-Created a database of pandemic-repurpose-able items. Our "Craig's List-type" website will contain listings of equipment, supplies, & volunteers available to hospitals. This database will make the listings searchable with accurate results (despite medical terms differing from Hollywood terms).
-Proactive research for items we predict will be needed in the coming crunch - for ex: Sterilization equipment (large autoclaves for fabric masks)
-Finding OSHA-approved PAPR masks to work as ventilator alternatives
-Find a "Social Media Minder". We're woefully lacking on social media outreach.
-Follow-up with contacts on hospital needs
-Follow-up with makers with finding materials they need
-Locate Hollywood vendors who are paying their idle staff & negotiate to have their staff volunteer some hours
-Generate Medical "Priorities" lists for each hospital in need
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