Local nursing schools donate supplies, personal protective equipment to area hospitals

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Local nursing schools are giving up their medical supplies in order to help area hospitals dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.

On Monday, March 23, faculty from the MSOE School of Nusing and Alverno College's JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing each packed up personal protective equipment.

The items from MSOE will be donated to Aurora St. Luke's Hospital and Rogers Behavioral Health.

At Alverno College, 30 gowns, 450 masks and nine cases of gloves were packed up and given to Ascension Wisconsin.

“There is a concern that those who are, as nurses do, and other healthcare providers do, running toward the crisis, in order to take care of people, are unable to adequately protect themselves," Alverno College School of Nursing Dean Patti Varga said. "So any little thing that anybody can do is helpful.”

A representative from Ascension Wisconsin picked up the supplies from Varga.

“Seeing how other areas of the country have been affected, they seem to be a week or two ahead of it, around the world really, they're seeing these types of shortages in PPEs, so just trying to get ahead of it and be best positioned for the weeks coming ahead," Ascension Wisconsin Operations Improvement Manager Dan Krueger said.

If the public has supplies to donate, hospital officials ask people to call the hospital first, instead of dropping it off in person.

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