PCOM South Georgia Donates PPE to Local HospitalsApril 7, 2020
PCOM students and faculty normally wear masks, gloves and gowns during medical scenarios
in the Simulation Center.
Gloves, gowns, shoe covers and N95 masks are typically used to simulate medical situations
and provide protection in the anatomy lab for PCOM South Georgia students. Last week, these supplies were shipped out to Colquitt Regional Medical
Center (CRMC) and Phoebe Putney in an effort to protect local healthcare workers.
“The health of our communities that we serve is the reason we’re here,” said Joanne Jones, campus officer of PCOM South Georgia. “It’s not just about educating students in
this area. It’s about supporting the communities that these students will train and
practice in. We should be the example of how to give back to a community that has
been so supportive of us.”
On Thursday, March 26, PCOM President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Feldstein, DO ’83, reached out to Phoebe Putney to offer a donation of personal protective equipment
(PPE). That’s when the work began to gather up any materials that could be donated
to local hospitals fighting COVID-19.
Todd Presley, PCOM South Georgia operations manager and Sheila Chapel, Simulation
Center Manager, assisted Jones with gathering and shipping the PPE.
“It’s going to help them tremendously,” Presley said. “They acted like it was gold
and that it was greatly appreciated and would be used. I just wish we had more to
donate to them.”
Nearly 125 N95 masks, 800 gloves and hundreds of shoe covers were donated from the
campus’ Simulation Center and anatomy lab.
“The decision to donate was an easy one,” said Chapel. “The healthcare facilities
in our community were needing help to keep up with the demand for PPE for those working
on the front lines taking care of patients affected by this illness. The safety of
those healthcare workers is paramount at this time.”
Protecting healthcare workers on the front line became top priority for the faculty
and staff who are well aware of how COVID-19 is affecting southwest Georgia. As of
April 2, Albany has the second-highest number of cases per capita: 13 cases per 10,000
people according to Scientific American.
“Albany is such a hot zone,” Jones said. “We have students that rotate in that area,
and we want to support the physicians there. PCOM South Georgia is geared toward training
doctors to stay in rural communities. This is our small way of helping this region
as we train our students to become physicians.”
Chapel echoes the sentiment of support.
“Our local healthcare facilities are wonderful partners of PCOM South Georgia,” she
said. “They are instrumental to the education of our medical students allowing clinical
rotations during their third and fourth years. We are all working through these challenging
times together. The whole community benefits when we support each other during times
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About PCOM South Georgia
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) extended its commitment to the
Southeast by establishing PCOM South Georgia, an additional teaching location in Moultrie, Georgia. PCOM South Georgia offers both
a full, four-year medical program leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
degree and a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree. PCOM is a private, not-for-profit
institution which trains professionals in the health and behavioral sciences fields.
Joining PCOM Georgia in Suwanee in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state,
PCOM South Georgia focuses on educating physicians for the South Georgia region. The
medical campus, which welcomed its inaugural class of medical students in August 2019,
has received accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association's Commission
on Osteopathic College Accreditation. For more information, visit pcom.edu/southgeorgia or call 229-668-3110.
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