Harvey Mudd College faculty members, led by physics professor Sharon Gerbode, gathered excess personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies from their labs and donated them to Huntington Memorial Hospital this week.
Gerbode sought ways to support health care workers and help them stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. She learned about PPE Link, a service created by STEM faculty that identifies donors and their PPE resources and connects them with medical facilities that need equipment. Gerbode searched her own lab for excess supplies and rallied her colleagues to contribute to the effort. She collected items and arranged to donate them to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California, which currently serves a number of COVID-19 patients.
“HMC donated about 35 boxes of nitrile gloves, one box of masks, two large bottles of hand sanitizer, two large containers of disinfectant wipes and one lab coat,” says Gerbode. “All items were new, in original, unopened packaging. It was a wonderful campus collaboration that really speaks to the College’s mission of impacting society, and the collection volunteers at the hospital were thrilled by the bounty!”