New web portal to facilitate COVID-19 donations directly to health-care providers

Today, Health Connect South announces the launch of a web-based portal to facilitate COVID-19 donations to health-care providers across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The goal is to have a central location where individuals and institutions can connect directly with those health-care providers requesting donations of supplies, equipment and financial donations across the Southeast.

“The mission of Health Connect South is to serve the health community as a platform to promote regional health collaborations,” said Russ Lipari, founder and CEO of HCS. “This pivot is a turn into the direction of helping solve one of the most pressing needs of our health community right now – supplies and equipment for their staff to battle the current COVID-19 outbreak. Many of these health providers are standing in the shadow of the wave right now and need the larger community to step up and pitch in.”

The site is designed to allow individuals to donate small items as well as large entities to donate larger volumes. “We are hearing with consistency that providers need PPE and other supplies and equipment. Now, is a single point where you can direct link to your local health provider and see exactly what they need and how to get it directly to them.” said Lipari. “HCS is trying to serve as the ‘yellow pages’ of COVID-19 donations – placing those with donations in direct link with those requesting those supplies.”

Health Connect South will continue to make additions to the directory and has a web-based submission form to allow healthcare providers to submit requests to add their individual website dedicated to gathering donations as well as a list of donations requested.

Health Connect South would like to openly invite other organizations throughout the Southeast to collaborate on this project and are honored to acknowledge the working partnerships making this project possible – including;

 the State of Georgia (, The Georgia Hospital Association ( ) , The North Carolina BioTech Center (, South Carolina Bio (, GeorgiaBio ( , WEBMD ( ), Southeast Life Sciences (www. and Cindy Stoeppler Design (, COR Consultants ( and Lynda Chapman and Mark Jarboe.