Back in 2009, the former Director of Health Services at SSM purchased large quantities of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as masks and gowns in anticipation of an outbreak of the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as swine flu. While there were many sick students that year, the supply of PPE was beyond what the School needed. Therefore, when all the students were sent home last week, the SSM nursing staff looked for other ways they could serve the wider community.
When Allina Health, a nearby clinic, put out a call for donations, the nurses at the Kramer House were happy to donate their extra supplies, knowing that healthcare providers in the community could use them while fighting on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19.
Luckily, Amanda Schaefer, wife of Upper School Director Pat Schaefer, works at the Allina Health Faribault Clinic as the Business Services Supervisor, and was more than happy to help facilitate the donation.
SSM Nurse Greta Wade spent an entire day counting and organizing the PPE supplies for donation, assisted by Florian Wade ’23 and Peter Cisar ’23. On Tuesday, March 24, Greta drove an SSM van to Allina Clinic to drop off a total of 300 bouffant caps, 250 shoe covers, 80 gowns, 10 pairs of protective glasses, and 1000 N95 masks. The donation took place in the parking lot of the clinic so as to protect the healthcare professionals and patients inside.
For more information, Rice County Public Health Services is providing local updates on the COVID-19 situation in our community. Thank you to Greta for coordinating this effort to help our local community fight against COVID-19. Thank you to the other SSM nurses and to Amanda for helping to make it happen as well.