Delgado Reaches Out to Area Hospitals with Donation of Supplies, Equipment

March 23, 2020

Delgado Community College officials met with representatives of Ochsner Health System, East Jefferson General Hospital and New Orleans East Hospital on Monday, March 23, at 10 a.m. to donate urgently needed medical supplies to local hospitals.

Donated items included 500 N95 respirators, surgical masks (face masks), sterile gloves, gowns and other items needed by medical personnel to treat those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Altogether, the Delgado Allied Health Division and Delgado Charity School of Nursing donated about 900 cartons filled with supplies to the hospitals today.

Included in the transfer today were four medical ventilators, equipment that will help hospitals care for patients who need assistance breathing.

Also today, the Delgado Community College Fab Lab demonstrated its ability to make protective face shields for use by local medical personnel. Delgado can manufacture 100 face shields per day.

“Our healthcare partners have been great to us by providing clinical and internship opportunities to our students as well as donating equipment so that our students can learn. Now, at this very critical point, we have an opportunity to be there for them as they work on the front lines to reduce the spread and care for those affected during this time of need,” said Delgado Chancellor Larissa Littleton-Steib, Ph.D.

All face-to-face and clinical instruction at all seven Delgado locations has been migrated to online/remote learning until the COVID-19 crisis ends. No students, faculty or staff are allowed onsite at Delgado except a small number of essential personnel, including Campus Police and Information Technology staff.

The donation today took place before the shelter at home order by Gov. John Bel Edwards takes effect at 5 p.m. across the state of Louisiana.

Delgado Community College will celebrate 100 years of service to the New Orleans region in 2021. The oldest and largest community college in Louisiana, Delgado provides instruction online and at seven locations. Delgado offers students the most comprehensive array of education and training services available in the New Orleans region. Additionally, Delgado has articulation agreements with most of the state’s four-year colleges and universities that allow students to transfer their Delgado credits to bachelor’s degree programs. As well as offering degrees and transferable college credits, Delgado provides diplomas and certificates in many professional and technical areas. Workforce development is a priority at Delgado, hence the college’s well-known motto: “Education that works!”