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School district donates life-saving supplies to local hospital

By Staff | Apr 1, 2020

On Thursday, March 26, Lee County School District made a special delivery to the staff at Lehigh Regional Medical Center. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Lee County School District made a special delivery to the staff at Lehigh Regional Medical Center on Thursday.

Due to a shortage of supplies, including gloves and masks, donations were collected by the district’s high school nurse, veterinarian academies, technical schools, school clinics and the district warehouse.

“Today we doubled the hospital’s current amount of supplies by donating living-saving items including 450, N-95 masks; 23 bottles of hand sanitizer; 4 boxes of gloves (100 gloves per box); 11 bottles of Clorox wipes and 90 bed pads,” said Rob Spicker, districtspokesperson.

Administration at the hospital expressed their appreciation for the kind act.

“We are extremely grateful for the donations that were made by the school district,” said Jackie Arsenault, Business Development at Lehigh Regional Medical Center.

Earlier in the week, the school district made additional donations to other local hospitals.

“Prior to today, we have donated nearly 200 boxes of gloves, 450 N-95 masks, 5 cases of gowns and 5 cases of face masks to Lee Health, Golisano Children’s Hospital, Cape Coral Hospital, Samaritan Health & Wellness in Cape Coral and select pediatricians,” Spicker said.

According to Beth Wipf, Health Services coordinator for the School District of Lee County, there was a need in the health care community, which is experiencing a shortage of these types of supplies.

“Once information was shared with the public that our health care professionals in the community needed help, we knew it was the right thing to do and we wanted to help and support our other medical professional in the community,” said Wipf said. “All of our school nurses were able to collect all of the N-95 masks we have in our schools in our crisis boxes and we were able to donate those into the community. So we’ve been able to help out the East Zone at Lehigh Regional Medical Center. We’ve been able to help out West Zone at Cape Coral Hospital and Good Samaritan clinics, and then in the South Zone we’ve been able to help Golisano Children’s Hospital as well as some private pediatricians.”

Hospitals throughout Lee County are still experiencing shortages in supplies, everything from paper towels to hand sanitizers.

As reported in a recent NBC 2 story, Lee Health President Dr. Larry Antonucci said, “As of now we have the supplies we need. In fact, we received four pallets of protective gear just yesterday.”

But Antonucci knows that might not always be the case.

“We do anticipate a time may come with supply chain interruptions could result in shortages. We are planning for this and tapping all potential resources and working with staff to make sure we’re using our supplies wisely,” said Antonucci.

For more information on the School District of Lee County visit www.leeschools.net

Information on Lehigh Regional Medical Center visit www.lehighregional.com/