MondayMarch 30, 2020

CState donated more than $8,000 of protective medical gear for health care workers fighting COVID-19

Donated PPEs, ready for delivery

Cincinnati State is one of our region's leading educational centers for health care professionals who are now on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

That includes registered and practical nurses, respiratory therapists, medical assistants, medical lab technicians, EMTs, paramedics, and other health professionals who work in every hospital in our region as well in physician practices, long term care facilities and other care delivery systems.

Because Spring Semester lab activities have moved to remote delivery, last week Cincinnati State donated more than $8,000 of new "personal protective equipment" that would have been used during lab work.

  • The much-needed equipment went to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, West Chester Hospital, TriHealth, and to the Mason Health Care Center, which is a long-term care facility.
     
  • The donated equipment includes more than 18,000 medical gloves, more than 600 masks with face shields, as well as isolation and medical gowns.

"Protective equipment is expensive, but donating it to other facilities is the right thing to do for our community, our healthcare partners, our graduates, and others working on the front line with patients," said Dr. Janelle McCord, dean of Cincinnati State's Health and Public Safety Division.

Dean McCord and the College's Biology lab managers personally delivered the donated equipment to the hospitals and health care center.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati State is also preparing, if needed, to loan area hospitals up to six devices that can be used to mechanically ventilate patients. The devices would help provide critical care for severely ill COVID-19 patients.

Graduates of Cincinnati State's Respiratory Therapy program work in every hospital in the region and are trained to run the ventilators needed during this crisis.

Several years ago, the PNC Charitable Trusts gave Cincinnati State a grant to purchase a new ventilator. Not only has it been used to train hundreds of students, now the gift may find another "pay-it-forward" opportunity to save more lives in our community.

Cincinnati State is committed to helping wherever it can during this crisis, as the College has done throughout its 50 years as the region's largest community and technical college.

(Article by Richard Curtis, Cincinnati State Interim Media Coordinator)

... And received thank yous for the donations

Tom Kindig, Senior Lab Technican in the Health & Public Safety Division, delivered Cincinnati State's donation of personal protective equipment to Mason Health Care Center, a small independent facility.

Tom said, "Mason Health doesn't have the pull to get supplies like the big boys. They had smiles from ear to ear when I delivered our donation-- it was a very pleasant experience."

Tracy Fox, Hospital Liaison at the facility, gave Tom the thank-you note below to share with the College community.

The note said:

Dear Cincinnati State,

Just wanting to thank you for providing medical supplies that we needed so very badly. Our staff and residents are beyond blessed with your generosity.

Thank you,

Tracy Fox, R.N., Hospital Liaison

P.S. If you ever need anything, please call me. Thanks.

... And CState received donations, too

Essential employees who must be on campus during the Governor's Stay at Home directive are required to check their temperature before reporting to their assignment, in keeping with procedures recommended by the Ohio Department of Health.

Thanks to a donation from Leslie Kindig, the wife of HPS Senior Lab Technician Tom Kindig, the College received a box of disposable thermometers to use for this important safety protocol if employees don't have a thermometer at home.

HPS Dean Dr. Janelle McCord said Leslie's company, Gap Advertising, had connections to a manufacturer, which made it possible to acquire hard-to-find supplies like thermometers.

Dean McCord said, "We are very fortunate to have great people like this in the Cincinnati State extended family."

Send your "Spotlight on Service" stories to Daily News

Daily News will continue to provide College news updates as needed throughout Spring Semester.

We also would like to feature "Spotlight on Service" stories (like the other articles published in the March 30 edition).

If you have a story to share about a member of the Cincinnati State family who is providing noteworthy service (or is the beneficiary of service) during our extraordinary times, please send a brief description (and a photo, if possible) to dne@cincinnatistate.edu.

It may be awhile before we can gather again for non-virtual celebrations, but in the interim, Daily News hopes to continue sharing stories about accomplishments that help make Cincinnati State great.

Faculty Remote Delivery Support schedule is posted in Blackboard

The weekly schedule of workshops, individual consultations, and other support for faculty members working on their remote course delivery is posted in the "Support/Training" area of the COVID-19 Faculty Resources Blackboard site.

The PDF document with the weekly schedule for Mar. 30-Apr. 4 also containss general information about using Blackboard Collaborate.

You must be logged into Blackboard to access the site.

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