VINCENNES, Ind. – Pleas from medical workers in desperate need of supplies can be heard around the nation, including the communities surrounding Vincennes University. VU's faculty and staff are assisting in the fight against COVID-19 by helping those who are on the front lines of the coronavirus battle.
The College of Health Sciences and Human Performance has donated hundreds of masks, including 420 N95 respirators, gowns, gloves, shoe covers, sterile cleaning products, and other supplies to medical professionals at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind. and Daviess Community Hospital in Washington, Ind.
"Thank you to Vincennes University for being a good partner and helping us keep the community, patients, and employees safe. This will really make a difference in making that happen to help mitigate the spread of the virus," Daviess Community Hospital CEO Tracy Conroy remarked.
VU faculty scoured labs and classrooms last weekend for items to donate. Their search yielded enough donations to fill the beds of two pickup trucks.
The shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) has left medical professionals without these necessities. "During this time where there is so much unknown, it is an exhilarating feeling to know that we came together and did something that needed to be done to help our front line healthcare workers, many of which are our graduates," Dean of VU's College of Health Sciences and Human Performance Michelle Cummins said.
"During this time, the community needs to know that they're there for each other. Whether it's an institution, whether it's a department, whether it's simply one-to-one, we just need to know that we've got each other's backs."
Medical supplies were donated by programs in VU's Co