St. Lawrence College (SLC) has announced the donation of three recently purchased state-of-the-art ventilators to local hospitals – two to the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) and the third to the Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH).
Along with the ventilators, which were purchased last year, supplies that include over 20 boxes of examination gloves in various sizes and 6000 masks have been donated to the CCH, the Brockville General Hospital, and the Brockville Mental Health Centre. A SLC release states that the requests were coordinated through administration at the hospitals and Barb Le Blanc, Associate Dean, School of Baccalaureate Nursing, and the supplies were delivered by the lab technicians at both campuses.
Remaining SLC personal protective equipment (PPE) inventory is being distributed to community agencies, and local public health officials have been informed with specifications of on-campus labs dedicated to health sciences, for possible use in the future.Eight 3D printers have also been loaned out to produce mask components in Kingston, in a joint initiative run by Queen’s University and local health organizations.
“It is important to us that we provide whatever help we can to our community partners during this extraordinary situation,” said Le Blanc. “We care about the health and welfare of the communities we serve and are committed to working with our partners throughout this.”
The college also reports it is in talks with the City of Kingston on possibly using residence space at its Kingston campus, according to Glenn Vollebregt, SLC President and CEO, who added: “Contributing in this essential way speaks to the valuable relationships we have with our partners in health care during this critical time of need. We will do whatever we can to help our frontline healthcare workers stay safe and able to care for those who are in need.”