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GRCC donates unused inventory of medical supplies to Spectrum Health as coronavirus continues to spread

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Medical supplies donated by Grand Rapids Community College (photo courtesy GRCC Communications Department).

By Devin Jones

Grand Rapids Community College has donated 70,000 pieces of medical supplies to Spectrum Health hospital near the downtown campus, Holland Home, and other healthcare providers.

Many hospitals state-wide are dealing with a lack of supplies and an influx of new patients due to the spread of the coronavirus. GRCC administrators decided that, after canceling all in-person classes, they would donate their remaining medical inventory consisting of things such as protective face wear, gloves, bleach wipes, and many other products to medical facilities surrounding their campuses. This combined effort by GRCC saw many programs pitch in.

Alongside this donation of supplies, some trained GRCC nursing faculty members are volunteering their time and expertise.

In the statement, GRCC President Bill Pink noted that he is proud of the way staff and faculty were able to offer assistance during these “unprecedented challenges.”

“Being relevant and responsive means working together with our community in times of need,” Pink stated. “Spectrum Health is a close neighbor and a partner. When our partners say, ‘We need help,’ we will be there to step up.”

Tina Freese Decker, CEO of Spectrum Health, expressed her gratitude for the assistance GRCC offered.

“The support of our neighbors is incredibly important to Spectrum Health,” Freese
Decker stated. “Grand Rapids Community College is generously providing free parking for our staff to be closer to our hospital as well as offering other solutions to help us care for our community. We are grateful for our partnership.”

According to Michelle Richter, director of GRCC’s Nursing Programs, the school loaned thermometers and donated over 1,500 thermometer probe covers to the Grand Rapids Police Department.