Titans help those in need during coronavirus pandemic

PPE donations to ProMedica Memorial Hospital from the Allied Health, Nursing and Science (AHNS) division and Nursing instructor Ryan Heichel volunteering with others on the COVID-19 unit at Firelands Regional Medical Center.


Nursing instructor Ryan Heichel (front left) volunteers with others on the COVID-19 unit at Firelands Regional Medical Center and PPE donations were made to ProMedica Memorial Hospital from the Allied Health, Nursing and Science (AHNS) division.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Terra State employees have been working to find ways to help businesses and people in need.

Due to a shortage of supplies, the Stay at Home Order, the demand on essential businesses and more, people are struggling. Terra State employees have lent a helping hand during this time of need.

“It’s nice to see the community coming together to help one another in times like these,” said Terra State President Dr. Ron Schumacher.

English Professor Steve Mohr volunteered to serve as a delivery driver for two local businesses in Tiffin in need of support, Admissions Counselor Tabitha Metz baked and delivered bread with her kids to friends and family who couldn’t find any at the stores, Grant Writer Beth Bower and her husband donated money to displaced workers and took meals to people who were unable to leave their homes and American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter Paula Young is sewing masks for those in need.

“It’s easy to get down at this time. We miss our students and our work families,” said Bower. “But we have much to be thankful for. I think if we focus on that, we will get through this and will be better in the end!”

On Friday, March 20, the maintenance department donated 24 protective suits to the Sandusky County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). “We recently found the suits sitting on a shelf and, with everything going on with COVID-19, we decided they would be better utilized by first responders,” said Director of Campus Safety/Facility Operations Duane Kimmet.

Because of the national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), The Allied Health, Nursing and Science (AHNS) division donated masks, gloves, gowns and other various medical supplies to the ProMedica Memorial Hospital in Fremont on Monday, March 23.

Nursing Instructor Ryan Heichel has been volunteering on the COVID-19 unit at Firelands Regional Medical Center. “The hospital put together an entire negative pressure unit to house suspected cases,” Heichel said. “I was there the night it opened and helped spot potential concerns. I expect to spend a lot of time there in the coming weeks.”

Crescent Manufacturing, who manufactures equipment including surgical blades and blades for the food processing industry, is screening their employees as a safety precaution, but had to order thermometers because of the large demand. So, Terra State’s campus safety department is loaning one of their temporal thermometers until their order arrives.

The Power Technologies program plans to donate 50-60 boxes of gloves to the Sandusky County EMA next week.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work our fellow Titans have done in response to the growing needs of our community due to COVID-19,” said Schumacher. “We’re in this together and we will continue to move forward.”