The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Student Health Services is donating supplies to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) as the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) taxes the resources of hospitals in Florida and around the country.
Among the supplies being donated are a box of booties; N95 respirators; Bouffant caps; a box of surgical masks with visors; a box of splash shields; 150 fluid resistant/isolation gowns, and 35 Safepaq Protection Kits, each of which includes coveralls, gloves, booties and a N95 respirator.
“The fight against the spread of the coronavirus is a community effort. Florida A&M University is an important part of this community, and we are prepared to do all we can to protect health care workers who are on the frontline of this pandemic,” said Student Health Services Director Tanya Tatum. “Given reports of the shortages of supplies, we wanted to share what we could with our front-line responders. It will make a difference.”
The donations are being made after TMH, operator of the largest hospital in Leon County, reached out to FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. All of the supplies are housed in the on-campus clinic.
“We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to FAMU for the donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to TMH,” said Marsha E. Hartline, liaison, Nursing Engagement Nursing Administration at TMH.
FAMU began remote instruction on Monday, March 23. While the University is still open for business operations, most of the staff is working remotely. As of Tuesday, 300 students remained in residence halls.
William E. Hudson, Jr., Ph.D., vice president for Student Affairs, said the coronavirus pandemic is testing the strength and resilience of every community.
“Sharing resources, even when scarce, is one way of strengthening our community,” Hudson said. “We need to do whatever we can to help the staff at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. They are indispensable in this critical time.”