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Prep Donates Lab Equipment to St. Barnabas Hospital
Posted 03/21/2020 09:25PM

As New York City’s healthcare system struggles to keep up with the growing COVID-19 crisis, Fordham Preparatory School has donated all of the safety goggles from the school’s science laboratories to St. Barnabas Hospital. Also included in the donation were lab gowns and several boxes of examination gloves. 

After speaking to Dr. Ernest Patti, Senior Attending Physician of Emergency Medicine at St. Barnabas and father of a Prep senior, Fordham Prep President Rev. Christopher Devron, S.J. learned of the extraordinary surge of patients at St. Barnabas and the increased demand for personal protective equipment. Fr. Devron and faculty from the Prep’s science department knew they could respond quickly. With the campus closed, science labs dormant, and students currently engaged in distance learning, their decision to donate critically needed equipment was an easy one.

Fr. Devron said, “Jesuit education is committed to service and advancing the common good. I am so pleased that our resources can assist, in some small way, in protecting our heroic healthcare workers who are on the front lines of care during this unprecedented crisis. In the spirit of Jesuit education, they teach all of us what it means to become men and women for others.” On behalf of his colleagues at St. Barnabas, Dr. Patti expressed gratitude for the donation of 100 safety goggles and other personal protective equipment which he will bring to the hospital on Sunday morning.

Fr. Devron urged all schools, colleges and universities across the city, state and nation to take stock of their inventory and give as generously as possible to local hospitals as they provide lifesaving care and work to keep our communities safe.

Press Release  Fr. Devron Interview on WCBS 880 Radio  New York Daily News Article

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