CorVent™ Medical Donates Respond® Ventilator to NDSU health programs

Photo of CorVent executives donating ventilator to NDSU respiratory care program

L-R: Joe Lewis, respiratory care educator and consultant for CorVent; Todd Burke, CorVent medical area vice president; Gail Gores, NDSU simulation educator; Angela MacAdams, NDSU allied sciences director; Dr. Carla Gross, chair of NDSU School of Nursing; and Dr. Ronald Werner-Wilson, interim dean.

A donation by Fargo-based medical device company CorVent Medical to North Dakota State University’s health professions programs will enhance students’ educational experience through CorVent’s donation of their FDA EUA approved RESPOND ventilator.

CorVent Medical Area Vice President Todd Burke, joined by Joe Lewis, respiratory care educator and consultant for CorVent, presented the ventilator that will be located in NDSU’s Aldevron Tower which houses labs and other learning spaces for health professions.

“We prepare the future health care workforce at NDSU, including respiratory care professionals,” said Angela MacAdams, director of Allied Sciences. “This type of donation from CorVent Medical provides another tool to help students gain hands-on experience that they will use in their careers.”

Ventilators are used in a variety of care settings:  emergency use in trauma cases, caring for critically ill patients who are placed in an induced coma, chronic tracheostomy patients in long-term care facilities, and home care patients. The donation of the CorVent RESPOND ventilator will assist nursing and respiratory care students during interprofessional education at NDSU.

“Accreditation standards emphasize the need for nurses to gain expertise in healthcare technologies as well,” said Dr. Carla Gross, associate dean and chair of the NDSU School of Nursing. “We’ll also use the ventilator in teaching mechanical ventilation in our curriculum and incorporate it into a hands-on simulation scenario.”

“There’s probably no other patient scenario that brings more collaborative care between nurses and respiratory therapists than patients who are on ventilators,” said MacAdams. “The use of ventilators requires a keen understanding of their capabilities and the effects upon the many patient parameters affected by the different settings. Introducing the equipment early in their education will help students gain greater skills that impact the care of their future patients.”

Primary among CorVent’s goal to grow in connectedness to the Fargo community is its prioritization of local talent, according to the company. The CorVent team currently has eight interns across a variety of disciplines, all sourced from NDSU’s graduate and undergraduate programs. Richard S. Walsh, CorVent Medical CEO, said, “We are committed to empowering rising health care students. Hands-on training is critical to health care students’ success, ahead of clinical training. We are committed to supporting all health care professionals’ growth with key donations of the RESPOND Ventilator.” 

“We appreciate the collaboration with CorVent,” said Dr. Ronald Werner-Wilson, interim dean. “The technology they provide, their proximity located in the Research and Technology Park on the NDSU campus, and our focus on educating future health care professionals are a natural fit for joint efforts in the health care arena.”

About CorVent Medical

CorVent Medical continues to deepen its roots in North Dakota. The made-in-the-USA company plans to centralize its manufacturing and office spaces in the city of Fargo, implementing its core values to reinvent ventilation, achieve simplicity in design, and support dependability on the front lines. For more information, visit and follow CorVent Medical on LinkedIn.

About NDSU Allied Sciences

The Respiratory Care program at NDSU with clinical affiliate Sanford Medical Center-Fargo includes two or more years of academic coursework and a 15-month full-time professional-level internship. A 13 percent increase in demand for respiratory care professionals is projected through 2032, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. NDSU School of Nursing offers multiple in-person and online paths for those who want to pursue or advance their nursing careers through undergraduate and graduate nursing degree programs. Through its health and human sciences degree programs, NDSU engages students through interprofessional programs and research that cover the human lifespan, preparing them to become leaders in their fields.

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