PCOM Georgia students, faculty and staff are working to assist the Gwinnett area by
donating medical supplies, shop for neighbors and more.
Collaboration has been key as individuals, communities, states, countries and our
world join together to battle COVID-19, a pandemic with no boundaries.
From the beginning, PCOM Georgia’s students, faculty and staff have contributed resources,
time and talent as the war rages on.
10,000 PPE donated
Personal protective equipment or PPE is instrumental in keeping those on the front
lines safe. Healthcare students use PPE in their training so a concerted effort was
made to round up supplies and donate them to our partners.
Marla Golden, DO, FACEP, associate dean of clinical education, Georgia, recalled receiving a phone call from
a pulmonologist at a local hospital. “He sounded tired and deeply concerned as he
described the dire needs of his institution for masks and other supplies necessary
to protect their health care workers as they toiled to care for patients in this crisis,”
she said. “He described the inability of the hospital to get supplies since they were
preferentially sending them to epicenters like New York City.”
“The urgent need was compelling and heart wrenching. I’m so glad we were able to find
and donate supplies that could at least hold them over until their shipments arrived.”
A survey reveals that more than 10,000 pieces of PPE have been donated from such areas
and programs as the anatomy lab, Physician Assistant Studies suite, Physical Therapy
Education Center, research laboratories and the simulation center to organizations
such as Emory Healthcare, Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services, Northside Hospital
Gwinnett, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Visiting Nurse/Hospice Atlanta and the
WellStar Emergency Departments and Hospice.
Chief Campus Officer Bryan Ginn said, “The PCOM Georgia campus community fully recognizes and appreciates the heart
and soul Georgia’s healthcare providers and teams are exhibiting in taking care of
fellow Georgians during these most challenging of days.“
“We salute them all, and simply hope that our donations will help shield them from
this devastating disease as they go about their work with dedication and resolve.“
Lab equipment cleans N95 respirators
A Class II Biosafety Cabinet with the capability to safely decontaminate bacteria
and viruses using UV waves has also been loaned from PCOM Georgia's research laboratories
to Northside Hospital Gwinnett for use in cleaning N95 respirators between patients.
The exchange occurred after Ben Robinson, chief program development officer for PCOM
Georgia, received a request from Mark Darrow, MD, director of Graduate Medical Education
for Northside Hospital Gwinnett, last Friday afternoon. A residency program director
who works with Darrow had learned about the use of biosafety cabinets which help maintain
sterile work environments and provide decontamination using UV lights.
PCOM Georgia offered to loan the equipment to the medical center. According to Robinson,
“We have worked with Northside Hospital Gwinnett for many years and plan on continuing
to in the future. We’ve been working to increase our collaboration in both academic
and clinical areas.”
Darrow said, “We are extremely thankful for this generous donation. The overwhelming
support we have received from many of our community's signature institutions, such
as our long-time partner in education PCOM Georgia, is greatly appreciated by our
programs, and our entire hospital system.”
Faculty and students give back
Microbiologists, including Valerie E. Cadet, PhD, have shared their expertise to help educate organizations such as the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic
Medicine and Community Action Now! in the US Virgin Islands about this novel coronavirus.
Students have joined together to form COVID Captains, a group that is delivering groceries
to the immunosuppressed and elderly living in Lawrenceville, Norcross and Suwanee.
And PCOM Georgia’s Medical Students for Masks organization has raised more than $2,200
to purchase N95 respirators for metro Atlanta’s healthcare professionals.
Faculty and students quickly pivoted to online learning to ensure social distancing
was enacted and good results have been reported.
Fighting skirmishes is a team effort and PCOM Georgia is working hard to do our part
to win both the battles and the war.
PCOM Georgia PPE donations
50 eye protectors
4 face shields
4,500 pairs of gloves
68 hand sanitizer bottles
612 N95 respirators
355 shoe covers
1,411 surgical caps
2,540 surgical masks
600 non-surgical masks
66 cans of sanitizing wipes
Learn more about the College's response to COVID-19.
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant
studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM Georgia focuses on educational
excellence, interprofessional education and service to the wider community. The campus
is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine
clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500.
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