Lorain County Community College donated hundreds of boxes of medical supplies to four Lorain County hospitals: Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital; Mercy Health’s Lorain and Allen hospital locations; and University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center in an effort to assist with an on-going shortage of supplies due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The supplies included nitrile gloves, surgery masks, sterile gowns, surgical scrub caps and reusable eye shields from the College’s allied health and nursing education program and the micro electromechanical systems program, according to a news release from LCCC.
“Throughout this pandemic, we are taking measures to ensure the health and safety of our students and our community, said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger. "Donating these supplies to hospitals in need is simply one more way for us to do our part in the fight against coronavirus.”
Due to orders from Gov. Mike DeWine, LCCC announced recently that remote delivery of courses would extend for the remainder of the spring semester to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The hands-on component of these courses are not in session, freeing up supplies for community use.
“We are the community’s college," Ballinger said. "Our mission is to serve the greatest needs of our community. Right now, there is no greater need than protecting the health of our community.
“I look forward to resuming our training of the next generation of health care workers and first responders, but until then, I am pleased that our supplies can be used to protect those on the front lines of this battle – our healthcare workers, and many of them are LCCC graduates.”
LCCC is the community’s top provider of first responder training.
Since 2010, nearly 5,000 people have graduated from LCCC with degrees and certificates in health care.