News release from the University of Saint Francis:
University of Saint Francis donates PPE supplies to Parkview and Lutheran
(March 27, 2020) – In order to help with needs caused by the spread of COVID-19, the University of Saint Francis School of Health Sciences has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to local healthcare providers.
USF donated more than 1,000 masks and face shields and 500 isolation gowns to Parkview Health and Lutheran Health Network on Thursday, March 26. The donations were made to assist the healthcare systems in caring for affected patients.
“During this difficult time of dealing with the spread of COVID-19, USF is exploring ways to be of help to the community. We are grateful to have these supplies on hand to share with our strong local healthcare providers,” said USF President Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF.
Dr. Angie Harrell, Dean of the USF School of Health Sciences, points out that many USF students are also working within healthcare organizations in various capacities.
“We’re happy to help the medical community in any way possible in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Harrell said. “We will remain in communication with Parkview, Lutheran and others to be of assistance as much as we can. We are committed to continuing our support of the dedicated healthcare workers in our area who give of themselves for the well-being of all those they serve.”
USF’s School of Health Sciences offers a variety of degrees in the field, including health services, nursing, physical therapist assistant studies, physician assistant studies, radiologic technology, social work and surgical technology. The USF Nursing Program was the only Fort Wayne program ranked in the state’s Top 10 by RegisteredNursing.org in 2019. More information is available at sf.edu/academics/health-sciences/.
About the University of Saint Francis
Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.