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Yesterday, St. Petersburg College’s Health Education Center (HEC) donated more than 26,000 medical supplies to local hospitals in need. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tampa Bay area hospitals have expressed needs for essential supplies to care for patients.
“It has been such a humbling experience to witness the depth of compassion our team at SPC has demonstrated during this very challenging time,” said SPC HEC Acting Provost Deanna Stentiford. “Our instructors quickly jumped in as a team to assess what was needed in our community and how to facilitate getting these supplies out ASAP.”
Stentiford and Amy Krueger, SPC Dental Hygiene Academic Chair, safely delivered the supplies to St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s and All Children’s hospitals including:
- 25,720 gloves
- 260 protective gowns
- 10 pairs of goggles
- 120 N95 masks
- 150 level 3 masks
- 400 surgical caps
- 3 tubs of disinfectant wipes
In addition to donating supplies, SPC is lending 11 ventilators.
“The responses of our partners when we arrived struck deeply in my heart seeing how they try to adapt to their ‘new normal’ working environments. They are the unsung heroes,” Stentiford said.
Various faculty members also are going the extra mile to replenish the supply of needed medical supplies by creating 3D printed face shields and masks. From the Orthotics and Prosthetics program, Academic Chair Tim Fair printed 50 face shields. Susan Elftman, an adjunct professor of architecture with the Building Arts program, is using a 3D printer from her classroom and open source files to create medical face masks for healthcare professionals. Jonathan Barnes, Chair of Humanities and Fine Arts, has receive widespread media attention for spearheading 3D printing of face shields.
Faculty and staff are helping to support the community through these efforts in addition to their work at SPC, which remains open and has moved all classes fully online through the summer term.
“We will continue to work on ways to help and support our frontline healthcare professionals. Although it is a challenging time for everyone, we will get through this as a team with SPC and our community working together. We are Titan Strong!,” Stentiford said.