In a continued effort to assist with the evolving COVCID-19 situation in the region, Lambton College has donated a large quantity of medical equipment and supplies to Bluewater Health.
College officials say on Thursday, March 26, the College arranged for the transfer of 30 beds, medical carts, tables and personal protective equipment (PPE) including much-needed gloves, gowns and N-95 masks to be relocated to hospital.
The equipment and supplies were previously housed in the College’s newly constructed NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre and utilized by students enrolled in various Health Sciences programs, school officials say.
Silvana Macdonald, associate dean school of health, community services and creative design, orchestrated the donation on behalf of Lambton College.
“Our partnership with Bluewater Health is an important one, and as a College we were prepared to do whatever we could to support our local hospitals in their efforts to get us through the COVID-19 situation,” Macdonald said in a press release.
“We were aware of the need for medical supplies in the region, and are proud that we have the opportunity to help, particularly our medical professionals and other frontline staff as they work tirelessly to protect our community.”
Shannon Landry, chief nursing executive at Bluewater Health said the hospital is “extremely thankful” for the donation.
“This is a global pandemic and all around the world we see that cooperation and innovation are what’s needed to get through it,” Landry stated in a press release.
“Lambton College and Bluewater Health have a long-standing history of supporting one another for the benefit of the community… this is another example and I am ever so grateful.”
Lambton College suspended classes on March 16 and moved all programming online for the remainder of the semester.
The school is currently closed and operating remotely until further notice, officials say.
For the latest updates, go to lambtoncollege.ca/covid19.
The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Details, here.
For a list of local cancellations, postponement and further updates, click here.