OTTUMWA – The Health Sciences Division at Indian Hills Community College is attempting to address the medical supply needs in the college’s 10-county area by making a large donation to help alleviate the shortage of supplies during the current pandemic situation.
A project spearheaded by Joshua Hemminger, Program Director of Emergency Medical Services at IHCC, was initiated after Hemminger received a request from a local healthcare facility. “The biggest need they told us they had,” said Hemminger, “was for personal protective equipment (PPE). Within two days we collected 129 boxes of gloves, 330 surgical/isolation gowns, 195 surgical/procedure face masks, and various other items.”
Hemminger said the EMS, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Aviation Maintenance programs at IHCC all gave to the cause and additional donations came from the simulation lab and others at the college.
“We passed along the items to Tim Richmond, Wapello County Emergency Management Coordinator, who will then reach out to other counties in our area to share the wealth and distribute the donations,” said Hemminger.
The Culinary Arts program at Indian Hills also got into the act this week when students baked a thousand cookies and more than 300 brownies to donate for sack lunches for youth in the community.