Nursing and allied health sciences respond to medical supply shortage
By Diana Fedinec
March 26, 2020
Southwest Tennessee Community College’s nursing and allied health sciences departments teamed-up to gather medical supplies in response to local public health officials’ call for equipment in treating Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. Area hospitals are gearing up for an expected surge in patients, given the escalation of cases in Shelby County and shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in clinics and hospitals across the nation.
Heading the call for help, Allied Health Services Dean Evan McHugh, Emergency Medical Services and Fire Science Program Director Merry Mattix and Nursing Department Head Dr. Sheila Bouie, collected as many PPE supplies they could spare. On March 24, a treasure trove of medical supplies was gathered and ready for transport to Baptist Memorial Hospital – Memphis, the first hospital in the county to receive a COVID-19 patient.
“I am amazed at the desire and willingness of our staff to serve others,” said Dean McHugh. “They immediately responded and reached out within their own programs to help. I’m grateful to work with such a dedicated and caring staff – they truly have a heart for giving.”
Dozens of boxes of gloves, shoe covers, yellow gowns and face masks were donated. Due to the City of Memphis Safer-at-Home executive order, Police Services/Public Safety Captain John Mitchell delivered the medical supplies to the hospital.