In Support of Local Hospitals

UB Supplies PPE in the Fight Against the Coronavirus
Janice Faye with others packaging up PPE to be donated to local hospitals.

Up until the past few weeks, the acronym PPE, personal protective equipment, was unknown to the majority of people who are not employed by the healthcare industry. Now, PPE is indelibly embedded in our vocabulary bank and spoken with a serious tone that evokes a great sense of urgency.

Janice Faye, clinical services and operations administrator, on behalf of the University of Bridgeport, the Health Sciences programs, and the UB Clinics, twice loaded up her car last week with much needed PPE and personally delivered the in-demand items for Bridgeport Hospital to the Yale New Haven Health Regional Operations Center in West Haven.

PPE being loaded onto a truck at the University of Bridgeport

“The University of Bridgeport is pleased to provide vital medical supplies and equipment to healthcare workers on the frontlines,” said Carol Papp, DNP, and dean of the College of Health Sciences. “The staffs of Bridgeport Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital, and other healthcare facilities are providing critical patient care under incredibly challenging circumstances.”

UB responded to a call from Bridgeport Hospital this week for durable medical supplies. Papp and Faye acted upon the request and prepared for the pick-up of a number of IV stands.

Most recently, Papp and Faye responded to a request from Hartford HealthCare St. Vincent’s Medical Center and loaned the facility five hospital beds.

Workers at UB Clinics loading up hospital beds

To date, in addition to the IV stands and the loan of the hospital beds, UB has donated a large quantity of N95 respirators, procedure masks, boxes of gloves, sanitizing cloth packs, infection control kits, and liquid disinfectants.

World Health Day was Monday, April 7, falling in a pivotal week—one in which the U.S. Surgeon General said that coronavirus cases and deaths would dramatically increase.

This year, 2020, is also the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife per the World Health Organization (WHO).

We salute all of the healthcare workers and public service professionals who work so hard during these unprecedented and tumultuous times.