Mohawk Valley Community College has donated medical supplies to the Mohawk Valley Health System in an effort to help local healthcare providers respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like many hospitals across the nation, MVHS is preparing for a surge of patients due to the virus and is in dire need of personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies and ventilators. MVCC volunteered equipment from its School of Health Sciences hospital inventory to help meet the need, and on March 31, donated four ventilators, 550 disposable gowns, 400 isolation face masks, and thousands of pairs of gloves (both sterile and non-sterile).
“The saying, ‘It takes a village,’ is reinforced by the wonderful outpouring of support MVHS has received from this community,” said MVHS President and CEO Darlene Stromstad. “We are so grateful to MVCC, a longtime friend and partner, for its generosity and support. When we all get through this — and we will get through it — it will be because of the support from organizations like MVCC.”
“MVHS is rising to the enormous challenge facing our community, and MVCC is proud to be part of the solution for such a significant partner at this critically important time,” said MVCC President Randall VanWagoner.
Tim Thomas, assistant vice president of Learning and Academic Affairs at MVCC, echoed this sentiment. “MVHS’ healthcare professionals have the reputation for providing exceptional patient care, and we at MVCC are humbled by the opportunity to support these individuals as they prevail in their work.”
Mohawk Valley Community College, established in 1946, is New York State’s first community college with a mission to provide accessible, high-quality educational opportunities for everyone. As the community’s college, MVCC is committed to student success through partnerships, transfer and career pathways, and personal enrichment. With campuses in Utica and Rome, MVCC is the region’s primary provider of college education, offering 90 degree and certificate options for its enrollment of 6,000 full- and part-time students. MVCC also serves an additional 6,000 people through its corporate and community education programs, and its campuses welcome more than 50,000 people annually for community events.
Photo cutline: MVCC Assistant Vice President of Learning and Academic Affairs Tim Thomas and Dean of the School of Health Sciences Melissa Copperwheat help load medical equipment onto a truck Tuesday morning at the College’s Utica Campus. MVCC’s School of Health Science donated four ventilators, as well as thousands of personal protective equipment to help the Mohawk Valley Health System fight the COVID-19 pandemic.