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UHS, University seek virus solutions together

April 02, 2020

Binghamton University faculty and UHS team members are working closely together to find effective responses to patient care in connection with COVID-19.  

Kaiming Ye, PhD, chairman of Biomedical Engineering at Binghamton University, along with Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari, PhD, dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Applied Science and Engineering, have been working with UHS to find solutions to specific virus-related issues.

"Professor Ye and his team have generously donated critically needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to UHS," said Sri Poranki, PhD, director of Performance Improvement at UHS, in a memo to UHS President John Carrigg and Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger.

Medical PPE is surgical masks, gloves, gowns and other garments designed to protect the wearer's face and body from infection.

"We thank Binghamton University so very much for this kind gesture in helping to protect patients and UHS frontline staff in the fight against COVID-19," Sri said.

University faculty also are working with UHS employees on other possible actions and solutions.

"This includes everything from 3D printing to decontamination of masks," Sri noted.

"In addition to this donation, the Watson Institute for Systems Excellence at Binghamton University has been very generous with allowing UHS to use their facilities, equipment, faculty and supplies to develop prototypes and test alternative PPE options," said Nancy Rongo, vice president for Quality and Patient Safety and chief quality officer at UHS.