Public Relations and Marketing | Published Mar 24, 2020
To help protect area health care workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, College of Lake County is gathering and donating medical supplies from several departments across campus. The college continues to collect on-going donations of personal protective equipment to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Vista Medical Center East, Advocate Condell, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest and Northshore Highland Park hospitals in dire need of the items.
Naturally, programs like nursing, medical assisting, phlebotomy and dental hygiene donated supplies but other departments such as ceramics, fire science technology and auto collision repair also donated useful materials, including thousands of gloves, hundreds of N95 masks and surgical gowns, plus thousands of surgical masks.
Patricia Adams, a CLC graduate and nurse care manager at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, was among the grateful recipients. "The personal protective equipment (PPE) is what allows nurses and all health care professionals the ability to do our jobs, which is caring for our patients, with the confidence that everyone is protected and safe," she said.
CLC's donation of PPE is an extension of the college's relationship with the local health care community. “As partners with area hospitals in training healthcare providers for our communities, we hope these donations assist these front-line organizations during this unprecedented time,” said Ali O’Brien, CLC vice president for community and workforce partnerships, who has spearheaded the college’s effort.
Adams, who earned an associate degree in nursing and a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate at CLC, said COVID-19 has reinforced health care workers' passion to care for others. "We, meaning nurses, are the calm in the room, even when the world around our patients may feel like it’s in chaos," she said. "Our patients needs us to be their advocates and provide an environment of healing and hope for them in their time of need."
For the latest CLC messages pertaining to the coronavirus, visit www.clcillinois.edu/coronavirus.
PHOTO: College of Lake County delivered donations of personal protective equipment to area hospitals in need of supplies due to the coronavirus pandemic.