Saint Anselm College Provides Housing for Health Care Workers

April 22, 2020

By Paul Pronovost ’91

Saint Anselm College is working to support healthcare workers on the frontlines of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The college will be providing housing for Catholic Medical Center (CMC) health care workers who must self-quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19. In addition, the college also shared 1,000 N-95 masks and 1,000 pairs of surgical gloves from the college’s health services, biology, chemistry, and athletics departments with CMC and the Manchester VA Medical Center.

The college and CMC signed an agreement on the housing assistance on April 7, which allows doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other health workers who are exposed to the coronavirus and have not tested positive to stay in housing on the college’s campus. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised health care workers who are exposed to the coronavirus to self-quarantine for 14 days. The college’s housing allows those health care workers a place to stay to prevent the risk of spreading the virus. Thirty rooms have been prepared for CMC use. The college will also provide three meals to each guest for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

“This global pandemic has interrupted daily life for everyone, and it has brought us together to fight this health threat,” said Dr. Joseph A. Favazza, president of Saint Anselm College. “A core Benedictine value is hospitality, and we feel there is no better way to demonstrate that ideal than to provide a safe harbor for those on the front lines of the coronavirus battle.”

The longstanding relationship between Saint Anselm and CMC includes the hospital providing clinical experience for the college’s nursing students.

As the spread of the coronavirus continued unabated, the college’s leadership decided to send home students living on campus to finish the semester through remote instruction. Dr. Favazza said he was happy to share the college’s available housing resources with CMC.

“CMC employees are heading into the fire when everyone else is being told to stay away,” said Dr. Joseph Pepe, president and CEO of Catholic Medical Center. “It’s not an easy position for them to be in – worrying about themselves and their families while attending to the needs of the sick. Having the support of Saint Anselm College makes it a little bit easier for these heroes to answer the call.”

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