Nicolette Mosinki (Gannon alum & former faculty member) and coworker at St.Vincent/AHN wearing donated materials.
Gannon University’s Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences faculty have donated the school’s cache of personal protective equipment to healthcare providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of the last week of March, the university has donated 425 face masks, 93 goggles, 60 mask and shield combinations, 72 N95 masks, 36 cases of gloves, 728 pairs of surgical gloves, and 196 isolation gowns to the following hospitals: Erie’s UPMC Hamot, Saint Vincent Hospital, Emergycare, and a physician’s clinic in Spartansburg where a Gannon faculty member works.
The college has additionally offered and loaned ventilators and ventilator circuits, which are typically used in its respiratory care program, to UPMC Hamot, Millcreek Community Hospital, and Allegheny Health Network.
Similar efforts have been made at Gannon’s Ruskin campus to source supplies to healthcare providers at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Florida.
Sarah Ewing, Ph.D., dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, expressed the desire to support the community in this way.
“Gannon University works closely with healthcare professionals throughout the Erie and Ruskin communities. Many of them are alumni, clinical educators or preceptors for our students, and colleagues. It was important to us to share whatever resources we had available to help keep our colleagues safe as they strive to keep care for our community,” Ewing said.
“Our science and health professional faculty reached out immediately to coordinate efforts to organize and donate any supplies that we had available that could be used by our local healthcare providers in both Erie, Pa., and Ruskin, Fla.,” Ewing added. “The actions of our faculty are a testament to their generosity and our commitment to our communities and colleagues within the health professions.”