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Tech schools transport PPE, ventilators to Upstate hospitals

Staff Report //April 10, 2020//

Tech schools transport PPE, ventilators to Upstate hospitals

Staff Report //April 10, 2020//

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Before Tri-County Technical College’s classes were pushed online, Deborah Brock, director of the school’s medical laboratory technology program, knew the personal protective equipment in her classroom could meet an emerging need.

“There were supplies already on hand in our storage room.  I knew we had inventory that people needed. It was just sitting on the shelf and we could share it,” Brock said in the release.

Bags of PPE transferred from Greenville Tech to Prisma Health. (Photo/Provided)After hearing AnMed Health’s request for PPE to replenish the hospital’s shrinking supply through an instructor at the school, Brock was granted approval from the school’s officials to donate her classroom store of face shields, liquid-proof lab coats and nitrile gloves to the Anderson medical system, according to a news release.

“AnMed employees who received the items were very appreciative. They were very excited,” she said.

Her students are still on the road to mastering their clinical studies but for now, their laboratory will have to remain a simulated one. Most students at the program would have been performing their clinical training at AnMed’s laboratories if the COVID-19 epidemic had not sent students home for the semester, but, according to the release, online training won’t sever her students’ relationship with AnMed in the long-run.

“AnMed also employs many MLT graduates, as well as those from other Tri-County health education programs,” she said, adding that the school has an existing partnership with AnMed that was only intensified by the public health crisis.

Greenville Technical College’s Respiratory Care program has also donated a number of critical needs goods to Prisma Health from the college’s School of Health Sciences and the Economic Development and Corporate Training Division, according to a recent news release.

Donations included five loaned ventilators, 50, 900 pairs of gloves, 480 hospital gowns and 4,005 masks.

“Our employees recognize the importance of putting tools in the hands of those who need them most and came together quickly to collect supplies across a wide range of programs,” Keith Miller, president of Greenville Technical College, said in the release. “As we train future healthcare employees, we want to support the heroes on the front lines who are handling this crisis.”