The Pennsylvania community college responses to COVID-19 have shown just how much good can come from joint efforts in gathering necessary supplies for those that need them most. As the local communities have stepped up to help, the community colleges have used their resources to assist in this process. Many nursing professionals and first responders working on the frontlines fighting COVID-19 in Pennsylvania received their training at a community college. It is these institutions that are anchors to society during times of need.
Community College of Allegheny County
The Community College of Allegheny County donated personal protective equipment from their health programs, including dozens of boxes with hundreds of surgical gloves and isolation gowns. The automotive program donated gloves as well as masks and face shields for those healthcare workers on the frontlines in local hospitals.
Community College of Beaver County
Wanting to help during the pandemic with the shortage of necessary medical supplies, the Community College of Beaver County gathered all of the personal protective equipment from their nursing, phlebotomy, and biology programs. They were able to gather and donate goggles, face masks, surgical masks, lab coats, and other medical supplies to local hospitals.
Bucks County Community College
Bucks County Community College is home to nursing programs that have trained nursing professionals that are fighting on the frontlines of this health crisis. While their classrooms are closed and taken remotely they have donated their personal protective equipment to St. Mary Medical Center and Aria Torresdale Hospital.
Butler County Community College
Butler County Community College helped collect and donate personal protective equipment that they had in their school of nursing, chemistry, and biology departments. The extra PPE they gathered was donated to Concordia Lutheran Ministries and Butler Health System.
Delaware County Community College
Delaware County Community College loaned a ventilator to Crozer-Chester Medical Center to use during the pandemic. They also gathered and donated PPE that was typically used in their nursing and science programs. They gathered gloves, gowns, caps, sharps containers, biohazard bags, and bottles of hand sanitizer. They also loaned fit-testing equipment to ensure face masks fit frontline responders properly.
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Lehigh Carbon Community College has trained many healthcare workers that are currently on the frontlines fighting COVID-19 and local hospitals are grateful to have these skilled nursing professional during this time of crisis. LCCC has also gathered multiple boxes of gloves, masks, goggles, gowns, and cleaning supplies from their schools and donated them to Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Luzerne County Community College
Luzerne County Community College has also stepped up and donated many needed items to help local healthcare systems and hospitals have what they need to care for patients with COVID-19. They donated 7 ventilators to various hospitals and healthcare systems in the area. They also gathered and donated boxes of gloves, masks, gowns, blood infection control kits, and face shields. This donation has helped tremendously in allowing hospitals to properly care for those healthcare professionals and first responders on the frontlines.
Montgomery County Community College
Montgomery County Community College has collectively gathered and donated masks, gloves, isolation gowns, thermometers, face, shields, disinfectant wipes, and cotton swabs to local medical centers. The culinary college has also donated 200 pounds of fresh produce, dairy, eggs and 40 pounds of baked goods to the local food pantry, Manna on Main Street.
Northampton Community College
The nursing, EMT, medical assisting, phlebotomy, and dental assisting programs gathered their extra personal protective equipment to donate to Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke’s University Hospital. Northampton Community College has also mobilized a group of volunteers to make CDC standard N95 masks in their Fab Lab.
Community College of Philadelphia
The nursing programs at the Community College of Philadelphia have donated life-saving equipment to the Temple University Health System and loaned out all of their ventilators. They have also donated gloves, gowns, masks, and other personal protective equipment to Jeanes Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center.
Westmoreland County Community College
Westmoreland County Community College has donated gloves, hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, masks, and goggles to Adelphoi.
As a key fiber of society, community colleges have again proven their incomparable worth and value to society. The Pennsylvania community college responses to COVID-19 have significantly helped with supply shortages, ventilators, and providing healthcare professionals that are capable and trained to care for the vast number of patients during this crisis. Community colleges are an integral part of society and have shown their significance during this pandemic.