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Saint Francis donates protective equipment to health-care providers

The University of Saint Francis School of Health Sciences has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to local healthcare providers to help with needs caused by the spread of COVID-19. USF has donated more than 1,000 masks and face shields and 500 isolation gowns to Parkview Health and Lutheran Health Network to assist the 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,” USF President Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF, said in a statement.

Dr. Angie Harrell, Dean of the USF School of Health Sciences, pointed 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 stated. “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/.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.

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