College Receives Generous Donation From Cook Medical
Campus News

Franklin College received a generous donation recently from Cook Medical of face masks and hand sanitizer to be used for students, employees and guests of the college.

“Partnerships like the one with Cook Medical are critical as we work our “Fortify Franklin” plan,” said Tom Patz, assistant vice president of physical facilities. “Masks, hand hygiene, and social distancing are foundational to our plan. The hand sanitizer donated will be utilized at computer lab locations and the masks will be distributed through our sanitation stations located across campus. Partners like Cook Medical ensure our campus community is supplied with these necessary items to “Fortify Franklin” and we truly appreciate their relationship with Franklin College.” 

Franklin College publicly announced its Return to Campus Plan, dubbed “Fortify Franklin,” on Monday, Aug. 3. Students will be welcomed back later this month, with fall semester classes beginning on Monday, Aug. 31. The college will have in place 24 sanitization stations across campus to ensure access to cleaning and personal protective equipment (PPE) materials including: EPA List N disinfectant, paper towels, face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. The sanitization stations will be located in the following campus buildings: Old Main (4), Johnson Center for Fine Arts (2), Shirk Hall (1) Science Center (3), Richardson Chapel (1) Napolitan Student Center (2), Spurlock Gymnasium (2),  B.F. Hamilton Library (3), Residence Halls (4 total), Von Boll Welcome Center (1) and Physical Facilities (1). 

Cook Medical is a global medical device manufacturer based in Bloomington, Indiana. Since 1963, Cook Medical has been reinventing, manufacturing and delivering a unique portfolio of medical devices to healthcare systems around the world. The company works closely with physicians to develop technologies that improve patients’ lives. For more information on the company, please visit:

In 2019, Franklin College had the distinct privilege of honoring Pete Yonkman, president of Cook Group and Cook Medical, with an honorary doctor of humane letters from the college. Yonkman was instrumental in providing this recent donation to Franklin College. 

“Cook Medical is happy to assist Franklin College with this donation,” said Yonkman. “It benefits everyone in the state and beyond to keep the students and their instructors safe and healthy so they can dedicate their efforts to their studies. Cook is happy to support the Franklin College community in this way.”

Ongoing updates regarding the college’s response to COVID-19 can be found on its website.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.


POSTED Aug 26, 2020