The Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of Allied Health Sciences loaned Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) four ventilators to assist the facility in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the TMH Director of Respiratory Care sent a formal request to FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., the University and TMH signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
Earlier this week, the TMH biomedical team visited the School of Allied Health Sciences West Palmer Avenue facilities to evaluate the equipment. Just after noon Wednesday, several TMH employees collected the four machines that will be used to assist coronavirus patients who can’t breathe on their own and need a mechanical ventilator.
“It means a great deal being able to help the community in this time of crisis. We are all in it together,” said Mary Simmons, Ph.D., director of the Cardiopulmonary Science Division in the School of Allied Health. “Being able to share, not just any equipment but the most important piece of equipment during this pandemic, tells us that we are in the right profession, doing the right thing to help people.”
TMH officials are appreciative of the assistance.
“In this time of need, we are thankful for the support provided by FAMU and their Cardiopulmonary Science Team, in helping us with additional ventilators,” said TMH Respiratory Care Director Suhey Tuckler. “The ventilators will allow us to be better prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic and care for our community.”