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STAC Donates Personal Protective Equipment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 14, 2020

STAC Donates Personal Protective Equipment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

St. Thomas Aquinas College lives up to its mission by “striving to teach each student to become a responsible citizen and leader in shaping the diverse world community.”

This rings so true by recent events that took place, bringing the STAC Community together to help heroes on the front lines who give it their all to make our world a safer place—particularly during the COVID-19 crisis.

Recently, the College generously responded to a plea for help from the CICU, and under the direction of STAC’s faculty, Dr. Steven Burns and Professor Kim Burns, the College donated 11 boxes of personal protective equipment (PPE) and sent them to the Jacob Javits Center for redistribution to local hospitals in need. The donation comprised of 70 disposable lab coats, 70 boxes of nitrile gloves (100 count each), 2 boxes of earloop face masks (50 count each), 10 new goggles, over 300 sleeve protectors, 7 bags of foot protection (booties), and 7 bags of hair protection.

Then, following on the heels of that amazing undertaking, STAC professor, Dr. Meghan DeWitt put the 3-D printers in the College’s Innovation Center to the test, by producing face shields that received the thumbs up for distribution to Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey, Nyack Hospital and EMT groups in Rockland County. DeWitt raised $800 in 24 hours from faculty supporting her efforts. She used the money to purchase filament, and STAC is planning to donate the remaining funds to a hospital or charity.

DeWitt provided an update on the current 3-D printing and donation process: “We have donated about 143 face shields and 70 face mask extenders so far. We have given donations to Nyack and Holy Name Hospitals, Bergen and Rockland EMT services, and the Convent Infirmary. All recipients have been very grateful.” She added further, “We expect to donate 10-15 face shields per day, only stopping when things calm down with the virus.”

St. Thomas Aquinas College is beyond proud of its STAC family—Dr. Steven and Professor Kim Burns; and Dr. DeWitt, Dan Cummings, and Dr. Berrios, Professor of Exercise Science and Biology, who spearheaded the 3-D printing idea. Independently and yet together, they took on an incredible undertaking to make a difference, exemplifying the principles of service, mutual respect, and individual responsibility.

We thank our first responders, healthcare workers, and all those on the front lines for keeping us safe.

 

Rockland Paramedic; he is holding a bundle of STAC 3-D printed face shield  donations. Standing outside of his Paramedic truck,

Bo Tunno, Deputy Chief of Operations, Rockland Paramedic Services, gratefully accepts face-shields delivered by STAC

St. Thomas Aquinas College lives up to its mission by “striving to teach each student to become a responsible citizen and leader in shaping the diverse world community.”

This rings so true by recent events that took place, bringing the STAC Community together to help heroes on the front lines who give it their all to make our world a safer place—particularly during the COVID-19 crisis.

Recently, the College generously responded to a plea for help from the CICU, and under the direction of STAC’s faculty, Dr. Steven Burns and Professor Kim Burns, the College donated 11 boxes of personal protective equipment (PPE) and sent them to the Jacob Javits Center for redistribution to local hospitals in need. The donation comprised of 70 disposable lab coats, 70 boxes of nitrile gloves (100 count each), 2 boxes of earloop face masks (50 count each), 10 new goggles, over 300 sleeve protectors, 7 bags of foot protection (booties), and 7 bags of hair protection.

Then, following on the heels of that amazing undertaking, STAC professor, Dr. Meghan DeWitt put the 3-D printers in the College’s Innovation Center to the test, by producing face shields that received the thumbs up for distribution to Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey, Nyack Hospital and EMT groups in Rockland County. DeWitt raised $800 in 24 hours from faculty supporting her efforts. She used the money to purchase filament, and STAC is planning to donate the remaining funds to a hospital or charity.

DeWitt provided an update on the current 3-D printing and donation process: “We have donated about 143 face shields and 70 face mask extenders so far. We have given donations to Nyack and Holy Name Hospitals, Bergen and Rockland EMT services, and the Convent Infirmary. All recipients have been very grateful.” She added further, “We expect to donate 10-15 face shields per day, only stopping when things calm down with the virus.”

St. Thomas Aquinas College is beyond proud of its STAC family—Dr. Steven and Professor Kim Burns; and Dr. DeWitt, Dan Cummings, and Dr. Berrios, Professor of Exercise Science and Biology, who spearheaded the 3-D printing idea. Independently and yet together, they took on an incredible undertaking to make a difference, exemplifying the principles of service, mutual respect, and individual responsibility.

We thank our first responders, healthcare workers, and all those on the front lines for keeping us safe.

 

For more information, please contact Annie Lombardi at 845.398.4016 or [email protected]

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu