San Bernardino Valley College Donates 400 3D Printed Face Shields to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center CEO William Gilbert, San Bernardino Community College District Workforce Development Director Deanna Krehbiel, ARMC Dr. Rodney Borger, SBCCD 3D printing staff member Juan Zavala, SBCCD Trustee Anne Viricel, Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes, SBCCD Trustee Frank Reyes, Senator Connie Leyva and SBCCD Workforce Development Manager Tim Vasquez. (Erick Zambrano/SBCCD)

By Angel Rodriguez /July 17, 2020

With the global COVID-19 pandemic continuing to hit the Inland Empire, front line healthcare workers at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center received a donation of 400 3D printed face shields made at the San Bernardino Valley College MakerSpace. Senator Connie Leyva, Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes, and college officials donning face coverings delivered the personal protective equipment to the hospital on Friday.

The medical-grade shields are made up of three parts, a plastic headpiece, a transparent sheet of plastic, and a rubber band. (Erick Zambrano/SBCCD)

“As the number of positive coronavirus cases surges in San Bernardino County, our nurses and doctors must have the necessary resources and PPE disposable to them,” said Senator Leyva.

Senator Connie Leyva (Erick Zambrano/SBCCD)

Assemblymember Reyes agreed.

“We must be steadfast in our resolve to ensure our healthcare workers have the protection they need to keep themselves and their families safe,” she said.

SBCCD Trustee Frank Reyes and Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes (Erick Zambrano/SBCCD)

Since the pandemic began, the SBVC MakerSpace has manufactured more than 2,500 face shields to donate to local hospitals.

The medical-grade shields are made up of three parts, a plastic headpiece, a transparent sheet of plastic, and a rubber band. Each piece takes 2½ hours to print.

“We appreciate our opportunity to do our part for local heroes,” said Anne Viricel, chair of the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees, which oversees San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa.

Dr. Anne L. Viricel, chair of the SBCCD Board of Trustees (Erick Zambrano/SBCCD)

In addition to SBVC’s donation, the Inland Chinese Association and Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce of North America donated N95 and surgical masks to the hospital.

“In challenging times, our community always comes together. Today, we’re coming together to thank those who put their lives at risk to save others,” said SBCCD Trustee Frank Reyes.

ARMC CEO William Gilbert and SBCCD Trustee Frank Reyes (Erick Zambrano/SBCCD)

While California continues to fight the first wave of COVID-19, state officials are looking ahead.

“Something California has clearly learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is that we must remain proactive and prepared ahead of the next crisis — or even the next wave of the current pandemic,” said Senator Leyva.

Senator Leyva said she is introducing legislation with Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, to improve the state’s stockpile of PPE, respirators, surgical masks, and gowns.

At Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, the donation is already making a difference.

“We are so grateful to all of the individuals who contributed to making this donation happen,” said hospital director, William Gilbert. “Gestures like this lift our nurses and physicians’ hearts and show that the community truly cares.”

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center CEO William Gilbert (Erick Zambrano/SBCCD)

How SBCCD makes 3D printed face shields

About San Bernardino Community College District

San Bernardino Community College District serves 27,000 students through Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College. For nearly 100 years, our colleges have provided access to affordable higher education and career training programs for the residents of Big Bear Lake, Bloomington, Calimesa, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, and Yucaipa. We educate the health care professionals that serve our medical needs, veterans who have served our country, police, and firefighters who keep us safe, and skilled workers who fuel our economy. Beyond our campuses, we inform and inspire learners of all ages through EMPIRE | KVCR, the PBS and NPR affiliate station for the Inland Empire on TV channel 24 and 91.9 FM. www.sbccd.edu

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