Ventilators to Hospitals to Aid COVID-19 Treatment
Equipment answers a statewide call to care for those stricken
with the virus
CLEVELAND, April 9, 220: Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®)
will loan eight ventilators to Northeast Ohio hospitals to help
treat the growing surge of COVID-19 patients struggling to
The devices will be distributed for use in intensive care units
at Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System, St. Vincent
Charity Medical Center, University Hospitals. The donation
answers a statewide call for equipment issued by Gov. Mike
An additional six College-owned ventilators, which are older,
may be loaned out once they undergo servicing to ensure they are
ready for patient use.
The equipment comes from College nursing and health career
training programs, where it is used for hands-on classroom and
lab instruction. Those face-to-face sessions are not currently
taking place given a shift to remote instruction to limit the
spread of COVID-19.
Ventilators help patients breathe and can mean the difference
between life and death for those fighting the respiratory
effects of the coronavirus. Equipment shortages have become an
international issue during this pandemic.
“Whatever resources the College has to offer will be provided,”
Tri-C President Alex Johnson said. “It’s up to all of us to work
together to fight COVID-19 and protect the people who make
Cleveland the community we love.”
In addition to making the ventilators available, the College
recently donated hundreds of boxes of respiratory masks, gloves
and other protective equipment to health professionals working
on the front lines of the outbreak.
Tri-C is part of a large contingent of community colleges across
the nation offering supplies to aid local health care efforts.